I am a Country
“The world need not be saved. It must be entertained!”
The Estates TheatreApproximate running time
2 hours 20 minutes, no intermissionLanguage
September 8, 2020
The play presents a fairy tale of a kingdom whose people must murder one another before attaining well-being.
Je suis un pays (I am a Country) is the first published play by Vincent Macaigne, a distinguished French actor, theatre and film director, screenwriter and playwright. Based on an eponymous production, which the artist presented to acclaim within a tour of Europe, it deals with the myth of the birth of a nation and state.
Telling a story of a kingdom and a family saga, the play begins when everyone wants to kill the ruler, symbolising a dictatorship whose knell rang long ago. Although set in an unknown country, an unknown monarchy, there are constant references to the contemporary world.
In his work, Macaigne employs quotations of Nicolas Sarkozy’s speeches and Thomas Bernhard’s plays, hints at Donald Trump, while mentioning perhaps all the countries on our planet. The land depicted in the play is fictitious and remote, but one that is dangerously connected with us. Macaigne reveals a society that is not capable of transforming, turning in a vicious circle of damnation and failure. The play features numerous pop songs, with its characters including charming journalists, debonair news presenters, as well as witty and smart politicians. In the final analysis: notwithstanding the topics being politics and the incorrigible human spirit, entertainment is essential.
Official photos: Petr Neubert
WARNING: We use strobe light, fire gun and vulgar language during the performance.
Suitable for audience from 16 years.
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Where to buy tickets
The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. On 1 November at 9am we started selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika until the end of April 2023.
What to wear?
By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.
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