the schpountz

(marcel pagnol)

REPERTOIRE - OUTDOOR

'The Schpountz' (1936) with its 57 scenes and 34 characters, is a nonsensical farce and an ode to the actor. It details the resolution of a misunderstanding between a young, bigoted artist and a hardworking shopkeeper, in between the roquefort and the sausages.

On the repertoire since 2012. Coming soon to Lyon (F).

Premiere Dutch version: August 2012, Theater aan Zee, Ostend (BE)
Premiere French version: May 2013, Festival Excentriques, Chinon (FR)

The text

'The Schpountz' was originally a film scenario, a torrent of characters and outstanding dialogue, in this case situated in artistic circles, where Pagnol, with all the trappings, defends the power of comedy.

Comp.Marius has adapted the piece for five actors with a minimum of set and props, and in addition performs it in daylight, outdoors, as is their custom. This emphasises the power of the imagination, and the company puts itself at the mercy of the unpredictable weather.

'The Schpountz' is the final part of Comp.Marius’ Pagnol cycle, which was launched with ‘Marius’ in 1999 and to which ‘Regain’ (2000), ‘Fanny and César’ (2001) and ‘Manon and Jean de Florette’ (2006) were later added.
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Collaborators

Translation and adaptation: Waas Gramser, Kris Van Trier

French translation: Monique Nagielkopf
Actors: Waas Gramser, Kris Van Trier, Koen Van Impe, Frank Dierens, Maaike Neuville
Costumes: Thijsje Strypens
Sets/technical: Koen Schetske, Stevie Van Haver
Coproduction: Comp.Marius in conjunction with festival Excentriques 2013

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