La Chambre Désaccordée
La Boutique Obscure
Simon is a 10-year-old piano prodigee. He shows such talent that his parents decide to enter him in a prestigious competition. Simon doesn’t know whether he really likes the idea, but as it seems important to his parents, he works hard to prepare for the big day.
Sometimes, Simon’s parents argue. More often than not, they lock themselves in the kitchen. Even though he doesn’t really understand what is happening, Simon hears everything. Their intertwined voices become two out of tune instruments, creating an impossible cacophony. To drown out the noise, Simon practices his audition piece over and over again.
Soon, his parents’ clattering voices and shattered words prevent him from playing at all. Little by little, the music, harmonies and rhythms seem to escape him completely. Simon starts having nightmares of fully-booked concerts where he is too numb to even play a single note.
As the competition approaches, Simon’s teacher is worried about his pupil’s regression. When his parents try to talk to him about it, their words become an awful din to his ears.
Guided by his teacher and his love of music, Simon sets to harmonize the chaos that has become his day-to-day reality. The big day is finally here and Simon’s performance is sure to be full of surprises.
CREATION : October 2018
Musical theatre for audiences 8 years and older / Running time : 1 hour 10 minutes (prev.)
Written and directed by Marc Lainé
With Léopoldine Hummel, François Praud, Loïc Risser
Original music François Praud
Artistical collaboration Tünde Deak
Sound Morgan Conan-Guez
Lights Kevin Briard
Stage management Farid Laroussi
Costumes Marie-Cécile Viault & Marc Lainé
Set design assistant Laura Chollet
Administration, production, touring Clémence Huckel, Florence Bourgeon, Les Indépendances
Production La Boutique Obscure (Flers)
Coproduction Théâtre de la Ville, Scène nationale 61, Théâtre Le Passage, Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil
Residencies : Scène nationale 61, Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Créteil, Théâtre National de Chaillot, L’Etable (Cie des Petits Champs)
With support from DRAC Normandie – Ministère de la Culture, Région Normandie, Conseil départemental de l’Orne, & ODIA Normandie
On tour / season 2018-2019 & 2019-2020