Thomas Jolly

A child of the theatre, Thomas Jolly made his entrance in Avignon with his adaptation of Henry VI. Well-known for his theatrical series in the Ceccano garden about the history of the Festival for its 70th edition, he has gone from a rising star to an ambitious and popular director in under a decade. His approach to great texts (Shakespeare, Seneca) focuses on the figure of the monster and on the difficulty of representing what cannot be represented, with shows that are extreme both in terms of form and duration. With his company, La Piccola Familia, he sees theatre as a political art and always strives to explore History to question what's at the core of people and, beyond that, of their organisations.

Portrait of Thomas Jolly © Jean-Louis Fernandez