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Petite Poucet
Claudine Galea
Petite Poucet
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Actes du théâtre n° 64.[ imprimer ]


for age 6 and above

A little girl gives a present to another little girl who is hurt. Her gift is the made-up story of a girl Tom Thumb (Petite Poucet) who escapes from the grip of her overly loving parents. Petite Poucet goes on a journey with her six sisters and meets fabulous Mr Logre. He gives them seven magic stones that will take them a long way.

Why the Reading Committee chose the Play: We love the imagination, humour, simplicity and poetry of this play that presents itself as a back-to-front version of the original fairytale. The girl is over-protected rather than abandoned, the ogre is a carer rather than a devourer… It’s a fun approach to a serious topic – the problems faced by a child that has been too cocooned and must find its way in the world.

Author’s comments: “While I’ve been writing for children I’ve realised that language is always connected to the body. There’s no separation between mind and body, but there are instead a multitude of associations, combinations and echoes. The boundaries between the real world, the fantastic and the world of dreams are porous. There are a great variety of meanings and children will pick out what they need. The sole rule is the precision of the language, although it is jagged, musical, sensual, radical, ambivalent, thrilling and fun all at once. That’s because children grasp the fun, music, sensuality, ambivalence, thrills and radicality before understanding what it means.”

Selected by La Mousson d’Hiver. Reading directed by Yannick Toussaint and Thérèse Touillet on 30 March 2010.

Characters : 2 women - 2 men -
Espaces 34 - www.editions-espaces34.fr

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