Laurent Bariohay is the author of “Louis XVI-They take my head!”, a one-man-show directed by Laurie Jesson (by Robert Manara between 2013 and 2017) in which he plays King Louis XVI who his secrets about his passion for watchmaking, his life, his family, his people, his time…
In this first one-king show, it is with a lot of humor that the king addresses the room, without jargon. It is also a historical retrospective in which his ancestors, the Great Louis XIV and Louis XV, are evoked. He also mixes inventions, including that of a certain Mr. G. and current technology with the cassette, CD, USB key, laptop or computer, in an anachronistic way. We attend an educational show, an intimate and modern version to learn a part of the history of France. There is also the discussion with a certain Momo (Mozart).
“To be king in 1789 is quite a headache!”
Louis XVI, King of France, does not have it easy every day. In 1789, he had to face a people on the brink of the Revolution, servants who understood nothing, a court that only thought of itself, official dinners to the sound of minuets as in the time of Louis XIV and his wife. Marie-Antoinette, which does not leave him much time to devote himself to his passion for watchmaking.
A funny, touching and contemporary show
This alone-on-stage was presented for the first time in Avignon in 2013, at the “Coin de la Lune; hall of the College de la Salle in 2014 then 3 years in a row at the Maison IV de Numéro but also in 2019, The same year , we find him at the Archipelago in Paris after a national tour,
The show “out of time, funny and quirky will revolutionize the vision of the History of France!” according to the author.Daniel Lucarni is responsible for the music; Patsy Stone for the creation of costumes and accessories (Louis XVI style, oblige!!!).
Everything in this entertainment tells the story of Louis Capet who appears from the start of the play seated in his armchair, cane in hand. This king who loved his people despite the period of crisis in which the country found itself, had also made important reforms, more or less well received.
Moreover, the tastes for the minuet of his grandfather “Quatorze”, as he calls it, not being his, he asks “Momo (Mozart) to create something new to replace it.
Now on tour with new dates
All the puns in reference to the 18th century are found in this “One-King show” which underlines similarities with the current era.
A historical spectacle not to be missed.