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(Le) Pain (DREAM)

By | Published on Saturday 6 August 2022

Jean Daniel Broussé really did run away to join a circus. If the true story is perhaps more complicated, this engaging solo piece certainly shows off his impressive physical theatre skills. That said, I loved this show as much for its inventive storytelling, dance, video and music as for its accomplished theatricality. Based on Broussé’s own life, ‘(Le) Pain’ is a good-humoured but clear-eyed reflection on his parents’ and earlier generations’ lives running a traditional village bakery in the Pyrenees – and why he declined to take up the baton. It’s about the choices we make, or which maybe are partly made for us. Tinged with sadness, it has good jokes – plus bears, Béarnais bagpipes and baguettes.

Assembly Roxy, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]