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Qui a peur du loup ?
Christophe Pellet
Qui a peur du loup ?
photo Alain Fonteray
Actes du théâtre n° 64.[ imprimer ]


for age 10 and over

In a Eastern European country torn apart by a recent war, Dimitri, an 8-year-old boy, grows up basically on his own, brought up only by a female neighbour who works nights. His mother has left to find work in France, while his father is still fighting in a nearby country. Dimitri escapes in his dreams on board Skate, his skateboard, in search of his loved ones. His friend Flora draws wild animals at school and insists on drawing him as a fox, but Dimitri prefers wolves. One day Flora gives in and makes him up to look like a wolf. The two children become totally absorbed in their game and Dimitri really does turn into a young wolf.

Why the Reading Committee chose the Play: This story for 10 year olds really moved us because it takes account of things that are important to them – speed, the fantastic – without trying to come across as young and cool. It combines elements of the difficulties of being a child today with all the ingredients of a timeless fairytale. Initiation is a rough, unforgiving place that rarely features in children’s literature. But this play doesn’t provide all the answers; it leaves everything beautifully vague. There is a wonderful sensuality that runs between the main characters. And we are very alert to Christophe Pellet’s mysterious, original language. The play requires a lot of attention to sound and image to create a set capable of recreating the phantasmagorical aspect of the text.

Author’s comments: “The text was inspired by a sadly trivial news item or ‘social phenomenon’ of our times. In Romania like many other places around the world, when their parents go abroad to work, children are left to fend for themselves or at best under the supervision of their neighbours or relatives. How do these children get by without any parental authority? How is their imagination shaped?”

First performed in 2011 by the CDN Angoulême, directed by Mathieu Roy.

Characters : 2 women - 1 men - 2 adolescent - 0 children 1 girl and 1 boy
L'Arche - Jeunesse - www.arche-editeur.com

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