- Didier Éribon
- Thomas Ostermeier
- Performed by
- Cédric Eeckhout, Irène Jacob, Blade Mc Alimbaye
Based on Retour à Reims by Didier Éribon
Sociology, politics and homosexuality… Leading German director Thomas Ostermeier has written a play based on the autobiographical work by Didier Éribon, Returning to Reims.
An actress in a studio (played by Irène Jacob) is recording the commentary for a documentary based on a sociological essay. This is the opening of Returning to Reims, the stage adaptation of the bestselling book by Didier Éribon, created by director Thomas Ostermeier. “I thought it was important to respect the autobiographical aspect of this book”, explains the director of Schaubühne Berlin. This is why we have made a documentary film, visiting Reims with Didier Éribon, going to his mother’s house and in her kitchen, as well as to streets in Paris…”
Featuring theatrical perspectives and film images, intimate considerations and political reflections, Returning to Reims analyses the relationship between the failure of the left to embody hope for the working classes and the rise of the extreme right. Thomas Ostermeier’s play reveals the blind spots of today’s society, including the mechanisms of exclusion and the disappearance of the working class, resulting in a humanist appraisal of our contemporary world.