- Thomas Jolly
- Performed by
- Damien Avice, Éric Challier, Emeline Frémont, Thomas Jolly, Annie Mercier, Charline Porrone, Lamya Regragui et Nils Guillaume, Camille Messineo, Piel Niwa, Julien Peinado les deux enfants de Thyeste (en alternance)
The last time we saw him was three years ago, in an explosive Richard III. Thomas Jolly continues his exploration of the monstrous with Seneca’s Thyestes.
This is one of the ten tragedies Seneca wrote, which has travelled through the centuries to reach us. The story of a family, which tells of the rivalry between two brothers – Thyestes and Atreus – fighting for the throne. Trickery, adultery, theft, infanticide, cannibalism… As is so often the case in mythological quarrels, revenge is a dish best served cold, and leads to acts of inconceivable brutality. Created for the Avignon Festival in 2018, performed in the Cour d’honneur of the Pope’s Palace, this disparate production combines music, spectacle, and expression in every instant. Thomas Jolly is a consummate theatre devotee. In Thyestes, he turns the spotlight on the insane wandering of a man who turns into a monster – because when he attacks his brother, Atreus attacks the whole of humankind. Seneca reminds us that we are all living beings existing in the same place, at the same moment – that we cannot escape our common existence.