A production by Pierre Guillois
co-written by Agathe L’Huillier and Olivier Martin-Salvan
Molière Award for Best Comedy (2017)
Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes
With (in rotation):
Pierre Guillois or Bruno Fleury
Agathe L’Huillier or Eléonore Auzou-Connes
or Anne Cressent
Olivier Martin-Salvan or Jonathan Pinto-Rocha
Once upon a time today, in three small attic apartments in Paris, a big man, a tall thin man and a curvaceous blonde are neighbours. This would be a romantic story if it wasn’t forthe fact that these three odd-balls have a special talent for messing things up. Messing everything up. With one disaster leading to another amidst a deluge of jokes, this quirky trio cling to anything that looks like love, life or hope.
In a Grand-Guignolesque performance, objects fly around, characters fall flat on their faces and the whole stage is in total disarray from the various fires, leaks, storms and other whacky unexpected accidents that culminate in a dizzying chaos. Endearing, laugh-inducing and irresistible, our three anti-heroes shock us just as much as they make us cry…with laughter.
- 16/08/2019 -Fishbowl, 4 Étoiles ! Judging by the packed full house in one of the largest non-traditional festival spaces in Edinburgh during August, this established French comedy hit – and winner of the Molière Award for Best Comedy Play in 2017 – needs no additional boost upon its transfer to the UK.
- 13/08/2019 -It won a Molière award in its native France – although a Jacques Tati award might have been more appropriate. Fishbowl is a wordless comedy about three neighbours living at the top of a Parisian apartment block. We see their cramped quarters and the rooftop overhead.
- 08/08/2019 -Fishbowl : Silence is golden for a perfectly timed trio !
Artistic assistant : Robin Causse
Costume : Axel Aust
Scenography : Laura Léonard
Lighting : Marie-Hélène Pinon et David Carreira
Hair / makeup : Catherine Saint-Sever
Sound : Roland Auffret et Loïc Le Cadre
Special effects : Abdul Alafrez, Ludovic Perché, Judith Dubois, Guillaume Junot
Scenography construction : atelier JIPANCO et l’équipe technique du Quartz,
Scène nationale de Brest
Photography : Frédéric Albert, Fabienne Rappeneneau, Pascal Perennec
General production department & lighting : David Carreira en alternance avec Cécile Robin et Fabrice Guilbert
General stage production department : François Mouton in rotation with Stéphane Lemarié
Stage production department : Émilie Poitaux in rotation with Marion Le Roy
Sound production department : Loïc Le Cadre in rotation with Clément Lopez
Tour manager : Séverine André Liebaut – Scène 2
Diffusion internationale : Drôles de dames – DdD
Administration /production : Sophie Perret
Production assistant : Fanny Landemaine
Production : Compagnie le Fils du Grand Réseau
Co-productions — Le Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest / Le Théâtre de L’Union – Limoges, Centre Dramatique National du Limousin / Le Théâtre de la Croix Rousse – Lyon
Support — Lilas en scène– Centre d’échange et de création des arts de la scène
Le Fils du Grand Réseau theatre company is funded by the Regional Office of Cultural Affairs (DRAC – Bretagne) of the French Ministry of Culture.
The performances of BIGRE / FISHBOWL at the Edinburgh Fringe have benefited from the financial support of Spectacle Vivant en Bretagne.
Acknowledgements — The team at the Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest, Norbert Aboudarham, Claire Acquart, Laurence Breton, Armelle Ferron, Jean-Matthieu Fourt, Mrs Martin, Christophe Noël, Mickaël Phelippeau, Théâtre du Rond-Point, Théâtre de la Pépinière, LyonStores.