Écrire sa vie

Based on the work of Virginia Woolf

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Pauline Bayle

France / Created in 2023

A deep dive into the work and life of Virginia Woolf, the story of a group of friends whose fates intertwine as they strive to face the chaos of the world.

Écrire sa vie , Pauline Bayle, 2023 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


We sometimes find ourselves becoming someone else when talking to others. (…) There’s a tension between the fear of never being understood, of never finding the right word to escape our solitude, and the desire to try.” Following the roads that lead to self-discovery, Pauline Bayle, the current director of the Théâtre Public de Montreuil, continues her exploration of stories of initiation and other bildungsromans. Drawing from the work of Virginia Woolf, she follows the fate of a group of friends, and shows in a single movement the wonder of childhood and the disillusions of adulthood. Through the voices of those characters appears the portrait of an author who found in friendship and writing two antidotes to escape the inexorable character of the human condition. A luminous re-reading of the great work of the English author's immense work.

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With Hélène Chevallier, Guillaume Compiano, Viktoria Kozlova, Loïc Renard, Jenna Thiam, Charlotte Van Bervesselès
Text based on the work of Virginia Woolf
Adaptation and direction Pauline Bayle
Set design Pauline Bayle, Fanny LaplaneLighting Claire Gondrexon
Costumes Pétronille Salomé
Music Julien Lemonnier Sound Olivier Renet
Assistant director Isabelle Antoine
Props Éric Blanchard
Choreography outside view Madeleine Fournier
Set construction Éclectik Scéno
General and lighting managers Renaud Lagier, Antoine Seigneur-Guerrini
Sound Manager Tom Vanacker
Stage Manager Lucas Frankias
Costume assistant Nathalie Saulnier


Production Théâtre Public de Montreuil Centre dramatique national
Coproduction Comédie de Béthune Centre dramatique national des Hauts-de-France, Châteauvallon-Liberté Scène nationale (Toulon), Tandem Scène nationale (Arras-Douai), Tangram Scène nationale (Évreux), Théâtre 71 Scène nationale (Malakoff), Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse (Lyon), Le Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes-Pyrénées, Scène nationale d’Albi-Tarn, Théâtre le Rayon Vert Scène conventionnée de Saint-Valery-en-Caux
With the support of the city of Arpajon, the city of La Norville, the city of Saint-Germain-lès-Arpajon, the Ministry of Culture Drac Île-de-France, the Department of Essonne, Espace 1789 in Saint-Ouen, the Department of Seine-Saint-Denis, the French Institute of the United Kingdom for the translation into English and for the 77th edition of the Festival d'Avignon: Spedidam
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