Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis

A new play written and directed by

Joël Pommerat

© Elizabeth Carecchio

With Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis, presented last season at Nanterre-Amandiers, playwright and director Joël Pommerat reveals the processes of making politics and making theatre. His is a fundamentally democratic theatre, intelligible to all, that plunges the audience into the ideological turmoil of the French revolution, and takes a fresh look at the necessity of political engagement. The play is based on the major historical events of the French revolution, from the financial crisis and convening of the Estates-General by Louis XVI in 1789 to the beginnings of the counter-revolution in 1790-91. Basing their improvisations on archival texts, the creative team has been accompanied by playwright Marion Boudier and historian Guillaume Mazeau. In a radical break from the myth of a hero story, Joël Pommerat highlights the collective and improvised nature of the revolutionary process, and the multiplicity of its participants. Playing numerous roles, the fourteen actors transform the Nanterre-Amandiers stage into an agora, with the spoken word at the centre of the drama. This piece, which presents a story on a human scale, can be seen many times for its inexhaustibly rich artistic and political matter.

9-25 September 2016
A new play written and directed by

Joël Pommerat


Saadia Bentaïeb, Agnès Berthon, Yannick Choirat, Éric Feldman, Philippe Frécon, Yvain Juillard, Anthony Moreau, Ruth Olaizola, Gérard Potier, Anne Rotger, David Sighicelli, Maxime Tshibangu, Simon Verjans, Bogdan Zamfir

Set Design and Lighting Design

Éric Soyer

Costume Design / Aesthetic Research

Isabelle Deffin


François Leymarie, Grégoire Leymarie


Marion Boudier

Associate Artists

Marie Piemontese, Philippe Carbonneaux

Assistant Director

Lucia Trotta

Historical Associate

Guillaume Mazeau

Assistants for the “Force Vives” ensemble

David Charier, Lucia Trotta

Set Construction

Nanterre-Amandiers workshops

Technical Management

Emmanuel Abate

Light Technicians

Julien Chatenet, Gwendal Malard

Sound Operators

Grégoire Leymarie and Philippe Perrin

Stage Hands

Jean-Pierre Costanziello, Mathieu Mironnet, Pierre-Yves Le Borgne


Claire Lezer, Siegrid Petit-Imbert, Lise Crétiaux

Performance times

Tuesday to Friday 7:30pm

Saturday 6pm

Sunday 3:30pm

No performance Tues 20 September

Running time

4 hours 30 minutes

(including 2 intervals)


Grande salle

Premiered 16 September 2015 at Manège‑Mons, as part of “Mons Capitale de la culture”.