Theater. In Josselin, the amateur theater festival is making a comeback on Wednesday May 25

The amateur theater festival, organized by ADEC 56 and its volunteers, returns from May 25, with many plays.
The amateur theater festival, organized by ADEC 56 and its volunteers, returns from May 25, with many plays. (©Document submitted/Info from the Ploërmel country)

Every year, in the heart of spring, the amateur theater festival of ADEC 56 (Dramatic art expression culture) takes place at Josselin (Morbihan) its programming, made from one fifteen pieces and events around theater practice. And each year, a theme serves as a common thread for these three days dedicated to the stage.

For this 2022 edition, the 38th of the name, a main theme comes to the mind of Anne-Cécile Voisin, director of ADEC: “That ofwelcome back the public after those two years. There is great impatience with that”.

Molière, guest of honor

In fact, for the past two years, the festival had not been able to lift the curtain on a complete program, restrictions on events with the public oblige. Even if, during these particular editions, the festival still existed thanks to the “Theater in the neighborhood” : proposals for short shows, played in local people’s homes.

This year again, moreover, “we find the families. There are 7 of them from the Bois d’amour district” to welcome, on Saturday, May 28, these “coins” as close as possible to an intimate audience, in a garden or a garage. Another way to bring the theater to the audience : a theatrical proposal on Wednesday May 25 at the EHPAD, and another at the autonomous home, Friday May 27.

As a red thread also, in this year anniversary of the birth of Molière, the author will be the guest of honor at the festival. ” A exposure to L’Écusson cultural center and media library », presents Anne-Cécile Voisin. An exhibition embellished with costumes lent by troupes from Morbihan and the National Theater of Brittany.

This exhibition is the result of the work of Brigitte Prost, professor at the University of Rennes 2. She will also lead a “talk”, with Suzanne Héleine, on the author of the theater, Saturday May 28 at L’Écusson, in a “ dramatized conference, with a historical but also poetic approach”. This punctuated by period music of Lully or Charpentier.

Vast panorama of theatrical genres

On the side of the programming of the festival, this year, these are 16 shows which will be presented. Pieces “played in three places : L’Écusson, the theater of the ADEC zone of La Rochette, and in the chapel of the Congregation”.

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Shot of a scene from “Museum up, museum down”.
Shot of a scene from “Museum up, museum down”. (©Document submitted/Info from the Ploërmel country)

A wide range of scenic proposals, covering a “gender overview”. The comedy will be represented, for example, by “Musée haut, musée bas”, by Jean-Michel Ribes, by the “Plateau en liberté” troupe from Lorient. Or “Original version (not subtitled)”. An originality in the form of “air-cinema”, crossing famous replicas of 51 films played in “playback”.

“Non-rehabilitable woman” is part of a vein of “documentary theatre”.  The play takes up Anna Politovskaya's journalistic chronicles on Chechnya, from 2000 until her death in 2006.
“Non-rehabilitable woman” is part of a vein of “documentary theatre”. The play takes up Anna Politovskaya’s journalistic chronicles on Chechnya, from 2000 until her death in 2006. (©Document submitted/Info from the Ploërmel country)

Another genre on the bill: “the documentary theater “, qualifies Anne-Cécile Voisin. This through the piece “Non-rehabilitable woman”, by Stéfano Massini, by the Cie Boréale’s of Chartres-de-Bretagne. A work in the form of a memorandum on Anna Politkovskayaa Russian journalist known for her articles on Chechnya between 2000 and 2006, the year of her death.

Another type: poetic theater, tinged with experimentation. Like this “They say… the Odyssey”. A creation born of ephemeral troupe born in Josselin, in the wake of the festival.

“They say… the Odyssey”: creation of the ephemeral troupe born of the ADEC festival, in which the Odyssey is told from the point of view of women.
“They say… the Odyssey”: creation of the ephemeral troupe born of the ADEC festival, in which the Odyssey is told from the point of view of women.

Two originalities to this show. The first: the Odyssey is told here and revisited from women’s point of view. Second originality: a dual distributionfor two versions presented during the festival.

“This allows you to vary the game. We don’t always play with the same partner”, continues the director of ADEC. “It brings back freshness “. And shows all the possible fields: many other versions could potentially be presented.

ADEC 56 amateur theater festival, from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 May. Complete program and reservation on the ADEC 56 website.

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