Philippe Quesne
Farm Fatale

  • Theatre

Five scarecrows gather in a commune, all apparently having lost their original profession due to ongoing pollution and climate change. In this bizarrely cheerful visual world by theatre artist Philippe Quesne, there are no more birds and no more people. But the troupe’s equally funny and disarming heroes aren’t deterred by this apocalyptic scenario. On the contrary, they embrace solidarity, making themselves useful in a very congenial way. The dying sounds of nature are meticulously recorded for posterity, demonstration signs and slogans are prepared, and pirate radio blasts pop music into the ether. As if in passing, existential issues of industrialised rural life are discussed, including turbo cows, insect mortality and pesticide criticism. In the post-human future of “Farm Fatale”, bird songs are heard only through audio documentation. With the naive beauty and striking innocence of these recordings, a futile homesickness for untouched landscapes sets in. Current ecological and political themes as fine poetry.

Concept, set design and direction: Philippe Quesne / Performed by: Léo Gobin, Gaëtan Vourc’h, Anne Steffens (role created by Julia Riedler), Damian Rebgetz, Raphaël Clamer (role created by Stefan Merki) / Set design collaborator: Nicole Marianna Wytyczak / Costume collaborator: Nora Stocker / Masks: Brigitte Frank / Stage Management: Loïc Even / Lighting: Fabien Bossard / Sound: Félix Perdreau / Dramaturgy: Martin Valdés-Stauber / Dramaturgy collaborator: Camille Louis

Production: Vivarium Studio, Münchner Kammerspiele. Touring production: Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique. Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.