Cooking with Elvis

By
Lee Hall
Direction
Pierre Maillet
Translation
Louis-Charles Sirjacq, Frédérique Revuz
Performed by
Cécile Bournay, Matthieu Cruciani, Pierre Maillet, Anne-Élodie Sorlin

Pierre Maillet describes this play by Lee Hall as a dramatic comedy with musical intervals and tragic-comic cabaret. The story is seen through the eyes of a teenage lover of cupcakes, and it tells the tale of a family on the verge of a nervous breakdown due to the sudden irruption into their lives of an itinerant baker-cum-lover. The piece evokes the disruptive angel of Pasolini’s Teorima as well as typically British comedy such as Monty Python and some of Ken Loach’s more light-hearted work, and the monologues of the paraplegic father, a former Elvis impersonator, relate his days in a second-rate club in the suburbs of Las Vegas while his wife and daughter hunt for lice in the kitchen. Cooking with Elvis is a bitter and ascerbic play featuring bitterly ironic dialogue that targets pre-conceived ideas and people’s tendency to reduce people and phenomenon to stereotypes.

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Running time
1 : 40
Locality
Célestine
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    Artistic collaboration – Émilie Capliez / Musical collaboration – Howard Hughes, Ben Lupus, Billy Jet Pilot / Scénography – Marc Lainé / Lights– Bruno Marsol / Sound – Pierre Routin / Costumes –Zouzou Leyens / Hairstyling, make-up and hairpieces – Cécile Kretschmar

    Executive production: Les Lucioles – Rennes

    Production : Les Lucioles – Rennes, Comédie de Saint-Étienne – Centre dramatique national, Comédie de Caen – Centre dramatique national de Normandie

    Supported by Adami and Spedidam

    The text is published and represented by L’Arche in French.

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    Bord de scène : mer. 17 janv. rencontre avec l’équipe artistique à l’issue de la représentation