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Théâtre de l’Entrouvert

Focus & Chaliwaté
22 - 26 Jan
22 - 26 Jan

The Pit

UK Premiere
Tue 22 - Sat 26 Jan
Tue - Sat 7.45pm, Sat at 2pm

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Tel: 020 7638 8891
50 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 10+
*Membership, Young Barbican, under-16, student, school, access, group and business discounts apply
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After-show discussion:
Thur 24 Jan

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The blind king Oedipus abandons his throne and sets out on a redemptive journey accompanied only by his daughter, Antigone. Their long wanderings are accompanied by visions of water and fire, shadow and light.

Loosely based on the book, Oedipus on the Road, by Belgian author Henry Bauchau, this striking production portrays Oedipus as a luminous puppet made of ice, remade for each performance. Antigone is his guide, a puppeteer in human form dressed in a protective felt cloak. Together, as they walk across misty landscapes, his metamorphosis is conveyed by his melting physical state until, finally, they reach the crossroads of the world and he disappears from sight.

Combining animated elements with ephemeral materials that transform before our eyes, Le Théâtre de l’Entrouvert has created a show that contrasts delicacy and strength, silence and sound, to captivating effect.

Oedipus's meltdown: an ice puppet disappears – in pictures >

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"This is true art"


"The design of the show, the puppet and its realisation are pure genius"

"It has the elegance of a haiku"

La Provence


Théâtre de l’Entrouvert


Presented by LIMF in association with the Barbican

This visit to London is supported by Institut français

Creative Team
Freely adapted from Oedipus on the Road by Henry Bauchau
Creation and Design Elise Vigneron
Staging Elise Vigneron, Hélène Barreau
Dramaturgy Benoît Vreux
Movement Eleonora Gimenez
Lighting and Sound Cyril Monteil
Music Pascal Charrier, Sylvain Darrifourcq,
Robin Fincker, Julien Tamisier, Franck Lamiot
Photos Vincent Beaume
Co-produced by Espace Jéliote scène conventionnée arts de la marionnette, Théâtre Gymnase-Bernardines – Marseille, TJP, Centre dramatique National Strasbourg-Grande Est, Théàtre Durance – Château-Arnoux, 3bisf-lieu d’arts contemporains – Aix-en-Provence and International festival of puppets – Charleville-Mézières