One day, Didier-Georges Gabily read in a local newspaper the story of Marguerite L., condemned to prison for having killed her child. He cut out the article and kept it: “On 8 March 1980, Marguerite L., a twenty-year-old farm girl, gave birth to an infant she immediately strangled and hid under a pile of manure. I've lived with that Marguerite in my head, with her silence; I've investigated stubbornly, trying to understand the genesis of her act. I hope we will be forgiven for saying that Marguerite killed her child like others would kill extraneous kittens, without the whining and guilty conscience of the 'civilised.'” A work of literary archeology, of reconstitution of the vents lived by Marguerite in the bog, in the stable, in the jail. The birth on the page, on the stage, on the cinema screen, of a figure whose different versions (Marguerite, Lalla) punctuate the work of Gabily, who passed away 20 years ago.
Reading directed by Jean-François Matignon based on excerpts from Physiologie d'un accouplement, Lalla (ou la Terreur) and Mélodrame by Didier-Georges Gabily
With Stéphane Czopek, Sophie Mangin, Jean-François Matignon, Thomas Rousselot, Sophie Vaude
Production Compagnie Fraction
Co-production Festival d'Avignon, Maison Jean Vilar, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - DGCA