Guillaume Pigé: Taking theatre to the edge
Edinburgh Festival Fringe guest blog: Guillaume Pigé, artistic director of Theatre Re, explains the ethos behind the company and how it is evident in their current show Little Soldiers. You can also watch a short film based on the play below.
I formed the company Theatre Re in 2009 and at the time the name sounded like a brilliant idea. It still does but it usually needs explanation.
I chose the name “re” because all of the verbs that came to my mind, when thinking about what I wanted to do, started with “re”; verbs such as reinvent, reveal, represent, rediscover.
I like to describe what Theatre Re does as being direct, alive and emotional work on the edge of mime and theatre. Mime because we are fascinated by the idea of making “visible the invisible”. Theatre because we are interested in telling stories.
And as Karen Quigley (writer and drama lecturer at Chichester University) wrote about our work:
“The idea of being on the edge also implies a possible tipping point, a position from which one could fall into or step onto something else. Theatre Re has found a ‘something else’ and transformed an edge into a definite aesthetic and practice.”
To us this “something else” also refers to an improbable way of representing and reinventing the world with nothing.
For The Little Soldiers we are recreating an old circus tent with only a ladder, a microphone and a few light bulbs and we are re-visiting a timeless rivalry between two brothers and an absurd battle that leads them towards destruction.
So still lots of ‘re’ there!
MORE INFO: Little Soldiers is at Pleasance Dome until 25 August.