Anatomie d’un suicide - Nanterre-Amandiers

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Nanterre, FR 92022

Anatomie d’un suicide

d'Alice BIRCH

mise en scène

Christophe Rauck

Au Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers

“My mother always said to Live Big.
Live as much as I could.”

In Alice Birch’s new play, we are confronted by three generations of women, Carol, Anna and Bonnie, who are mother, daughter and granddaughter. They exist in three different time zones (the 1970s, 80s and 90s for Carol, the 1990s and 2000s for Anna, and the 2030s for Bonnie), but the story of their lives is told simultaneously, the dialogues and actions are echoing from one space to another. For each, the chaos of what has come before brings with it a painful legacy. Three stories intertwine in such a way that every audience member will have their own unique interaction with the show…

This is theatre doing what it does best: taking on the big taboos — suicide, guilt, loss, addiction, regret — and illuminating them beautifully to provide a shared
understanding and relief.


Alice Birch has a remarkable gift for reinventing dramatic form. The Guardian

Most productions require one viewing. Alice Birch’s spellbinding and serious new drama is worth three. The Sunday Times (about Katie Mitchells Production at the Royal Court)

Haunting and immersive… finds a way to tenderly, evocatively explore female pain and intergenerational trauma. Time Out, Sydney

The play, which won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2018, is also, somehow, a bleak love letter to mothers trying the best they can. The New York Times



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