The Escape of Iris Dupont in French / en français HERE/ICI
The Escape of Iris Dupont
On the 1st May 2020, COVID 19
lock down, 30610 Gard, France: Madame Iris Dupont risks all
when she decides to escape
and go outside.
It was in the month of March 2020 that the world as a whole and life
as Iris knew it - totally changed. France went into lock down.
A pandemic, which especially targeted elderly persons, was on the rampage.
People were confined to their homes.
In nursing homes, residents are imprisoned in their rooms.
Fear spreads, and streets become deserted.
In this theatrical piece, Iris Dupont is
in solitary lock down, experiencing this new way of life as the days, weeks and months go by.
THE ESCAPE OF IRIS DUPONT
is a mask theatre piece created
during COVID 19 lockdown.
"I experienced the mask of the elderly woman Iris Dupont, worn by the actor is as if she was a living person."
"We loved the mask play. We absolutely loved Iris Dupont. We could see how her eyes sparkled like stars! "
Mado and Jacqueline
"Through the eyes of the actor I could read the woman’s emotions, it was if her face was moving. After a while I totally forgot that this was mask theatre."
"But, oh – Iris was so alone. I’m glad I wasn’t so alone during confinement."
"I saw the play 2 days in a row. Had it been played a third day, I would have been there."
"It was great, but this story touched my emotions nearly too closely."
"Absolutely superb! "
The Place Theatre, Bedford
"Bravo! A tremendous success."
Francoise et Philipe S.
"It was great, I was back for the 2nd night!"
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The Escape of Iris Dupont (short) was chosen for the Place Theatre Bedford’s, Cultural COVID 19 packages support from Arts Council England’s Emergency Funding Scheme, supported by money from National Lottery, and financial support from the Harpur Trust.
Director: Freya Stang
Cast (on and back stage): Freya Stang,
Corinne Faucon, Rika Deryckere
Scenography: Rika Deryckere
Masks: Freya Stang
Seamstress and puppets:
Sound design: Didier Peigle
Lighting: Didier Peigle
Filmed theatre show, 03 July 20,
at the Galerie Vidourle, Sauve
Camera: Khaim Seligmann
Cast: Freya Stang
Film / Camera: Elisabeth Mazauric
Sound: Didier Peigle
Large Marionettes: Solenne Capmas
Photos Elisabeth Mazauric
Thank you to the artists and all of those
on the streets of Sauve 1st May 2020
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• Dave Pickens • Elisabeth Mazauric • Freya Stang • Jenine Collocott Warren • Joyce Majiski • Lily Fossard • Stefano Borgi
• Thierry Augereau • Hege Høisæter : © photos by Peter Madai, • Sciarrino-photo, Jörg Wiesner, Erik Berg.