Composed just after WWII, Premier Amour (First Love) wasn’t published before 1970. Jean-Quentin Châtelain and Jean-Michel Meyer, appealed by the jubilant and humorous writing of this address to the reader, created the show in 1999. In Avignon both the director and the actor will meet up with Premier Amour again…
Premier Amour in one of the first texts that Becket wrote directly in French. Here the author plays with the different levels of the language and toys with its strangeness. It’s not a play but more of a short novel written in the first person, greatly autographical (the place of two meetings: the encounter of the narrator with a woman on a bench, while he is wandering, homeless, after his father’s death, as well as the loving encounter Becket has with the language he will write most of his works in).
At the moment of the creation, Jérôme Lindon, director of Les Editions de Minuit (publisher) and executor of Samuel Becket, had required: « No music, no stage set, no gesticulation!!! » and nearness suits to the director and the actor… There are only tow props on the stage: an antique office chair that, when swivelling, sounds like a cello, and an old hat.
Show available on tour season 2023-2024
by Samuel Becket
with Jean-Quentin Châtelain
Director: Jean-Michel Meyer
Lights designer and stage manager: Thierry Capéran
With : Jean-Quentin Châtelain
Production / Co-production
Production: Le K Samka
Co-production: Le Carré Sénart, Scène Nationale.
The show was initially created at the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Swiss) in 1999.
Presentation pack FR (pdf) Press pack FR (zip) Press review FR Avignon 2021 (zip) Press review FR (zip) Technical rider FR (zip) Photos high-resolution (zip) Poster FR (zip) Flyer FR (zip) Flyer (zip)
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Jean-Quentin Châtelain - Premier amour