Orlando, or Impatience

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The 2014 archive

Olivier Py

Avignon / Created in 2014

Orlando ou l'Impatience © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


It is with a comedy that Olivier Py opens, as a writer and director, his run as director of the Festival d'Avignon. A comedy to tell us, between optimism and pessimism, between hope and anxiety, of the present of the world and the inscrutable strength of the theatre. But also a comedy to remind us that to this new and dark world, we must respond with a new ethics. Olivier Py's young hero, the impatient Orlando, goes looking for his father, whom he's never known. His mother, an actress, sends him on a number of false leads that are so many steps on the way towards an expected truth. Orlando, or Impatience can be read as a manifesto that leads us on a journey through which run modern questionings that are those that, at varying degrees, motivate Olivier Py's entire poetic body of work: politics, art, sex, faith, philosophy... Those themes intermingle under the pen of the writer and the eye of the director, always between heaven and earth, neglecting neither but putting them in relation on the theatre stage, an exemplary and inescapable place of confrontation and commitment. With each new possible father, Orlando encounters a new theatrical form, from the political tragedy to the erotic comedy, from the historical epic to the philosophical farce... Everything that makes Olivier Py's theatre is present here, in a comedy where mocking laughter stands alongside the scathing irony of an always sincere and desperately merry artist.

  • "Orlando ou l’Impatience" is published by éditions Actes Sud-Papiers.


Text and direction Olivier Py
Scenography, decoration, costumes and make-up Pierre-André Weitz
Music Stéphane Leach
Lighting Bertrand Killy

Jean-Damien Barbin Le professeur de diction fou, le directeur de cabinet fou, l'apnéiste fou, 
l'ostéopathe fou, l'affirmatologue fou, le troueur fou, 
le milliardaire fou et le théâtreux fou 
Laure Calamy Ambre 

Eddie Chignara Le Ministre 
Matthieu Dessertine Orlando 
Philippe Girard Le père désespéré, le père exalté, 
le père déshonoré, le père oublié, le père recommencé
Mireille Herbstmeyer La grande actrice 

Stéphane Leach Le pianiste 

François Michonneau Gaspard, le faux Gaspard et le fils



Production Festival d'Avignon
Coproduction Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Théâtre National Populaire (Villeurbanne), Comédie de Genève, Festival Ruhrfestspiele de Recklinghausen, ARTE Concert
With the support of Adami

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