The Raft of the Medusa

(Premiere 2016)
Thirteen children on a makeshift raft; thirteen children fleeing the violence of the adults, the violence of war that forced them to leave their country and made them castaways. If Georg Kaiser based his play on a tragic real story from World War II—the torpedoing of a British vessel carrying children to America—it wasn't to do documentary theatre, to work on reality in a world made of fiction, but to delve into the heart of human contradictions. What could be worse than to see children act more and more like the adults they fled? Threatened in their very existence and trying desperately to survive, they will protect themselves by killing one of their own... By choosing this text whose characters are children for the young actors of the École du Théâtre national of Strasbourg, Thomas Jolly started a new collective adventure. “Their energies, their anger, their ideas, their singularities, their desires” are at stake in this claustrophobic play set in the middle of the ocean, and work to denounce the indoctrination tactics that lead to an incredibly violent exclusion mechanism. For after trying to create an egalitarian society based on brotherhood, it will only take those children seven days to slowly slide into barbarism. Seven days in the lives of a group of children on a raft who play at becoming adults and reluctantly do, a tragedy at once ancient and so achingly modern.

Country: France

Runtime: 105 min



Playwright | Georg Kaiser






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