marius, fanny and césar / the trilogy

(marcel pagnol)

REPERTOIRE - OUTDOOR

Translation and adaptation of the renowned 'Trilogie Marseillaise' by Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974).
'Marius' has been part of the repertoire since 1999, 'Fanny' and 'César' since 2001. Comp.Marius has been performing them one after the other since 2001: a minor marathon in the open air at the waterside, with a Mediterranean meal served by the actors in the interval.

Premiere: 1999 ('Marius') and 2001 ('Fanny' and 'César'), Zomer van Antwerpen, Antwerp (BE)
Premiere French version: 2001, SN Le Lieu Unique, Nantes (FR) ('Marius') and 2003, SN Le Volcan, Le Havre (FR) ('Fanny' and 'César')

The text

In 1929 the 35-year-old Marcel Pagnol (1896-1974) pens the stage-play 'Marius', the story of a boy from Marseille who is faced with a heart-wrenching choice: a conventional life with the fish-seller Fanny or the adventures of a life at sea. He opts for the latter. 'Marius' was a big hit, and two years on Pagnol writes a sequel to Marius's story with the play 'Fanny'; six years later the author concludes his trilogy with the film 'César'.



Marcel Pagnol himself described 'Marius' as a comedy that ends badly, 'Fanny' as a drama, and 'César' as a tragedy that ends well. Comp.Marius sees it all as a family saga depicting the inevitable break between the son who would be man and the father who persists in seeing him as a child - a masterpiece from Pagnol, who proves his extraordinary talent for creating dialogues that are at once funny and emotionally charged. Waas Gramser and Kris Van Trier have made a new Dutch-language translation and adaptation of these three texts.

The setting

The semi-circular, wooden grandstand of Comp.Marius will be erected close to the banks of a river, the sea or a canal. The water with its passing boats comprises the 'natural set'. The text and the play are at the core; props and decor are concise and indicative.



Some props, and the meal as well, are smartly woven within the dramatic context so that the public are drawn into the tale being told: playgoers raise a glass in toast at César's café, make their way to the newlyweds' table, receive sugared almonds to mark the arrival of a new life, and have coffee and cake as consolation at mourning time.



All three parts, 'Marius', 'Fanny' and 'César', are played consecutively. The five-hour-long presentation is performed in the open air, and there is an intermission where the audience partakes of a Mediterranean meal. The players are the emphatic hosts, pouring the wine and serving the food.



Performed in Dutch and in French. English and German versions are in preparation.

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Collaborators

Translation and adaptation: Waas Gramser, Kris Van Trier
French translation: Monique Nagielkopf
English translation: Nadine Malfait (never performed)
Actors: Marie Bos/Anne De Wilde/Kristin Van Pellicom, Frank Dierens, Yves Degryse, Waas Gramser, Koen Van Impe, Kris Van Trier
Costumes: Thijsje Strypens
Sets/technical: Koen Schetske, Bram Verhagen, Stevie Van Haver
Catering chief: Vincent Goedemé or Koen Roggen

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