The presentation of American playwright and screenwriter Peter Morris’ L’âge du consentement will mark the long-awaited reopening of Prospero’s intimate theatre in January.
Inspired by a famous court case in England, L’âge du consentement brought about a controversy and a call for a boycott during its first performances. In this play, translated into French for the first time by Serge Mandeville, director Philippe Gauthier found a powerful echo in the testimonies made public by former children of the DYP, as part of the Special Commission on Children’s Rights and Youth Protection.
The play produced by the new company Théâtre de la Pièce cassée takes on universal and very current characters while questioning our capacity for judgment.
L’âge du consentement tells the story of two stolen childhoods. A daughter-mother encourages her six-year-old daughter to become a child actress. The other tells the story of 18-year-old Timmy, the child killer about to be released from the secure unit of a juvenile detention center.
The author was inspired by a tragic event that took place in 1993, in England: two 8-year-old boys kidnap a 4-year-old child in a shopping mall, martyr him to the point of causing his death. With his play, Peter Morris asks the question: can humanity exist behind the most monstrous abuses?
In January 2022
Tuesday 25, Thursday 27, at 8:15 pm
Wednesday 26, Friday 28, at 7:15 pm
Saturday 29, at 4:15 p.m.
In February 2022
Tuesdays 1, Thursday 3, Tuesday 8, Thursday 10, at 8:15 pm
Wednesday 2, Friday 4, Wednesday 9, Friday 11, at 7:15 pm
Saturday 12, at 4:15 p.m.