Paris opens doors to English theatre festival

Paris opens doors to English theatre festival
Photo: Bred in the Bone
A UK troupe has kicked off its second festival of British theatre in Paris, promising to be more even spectacular than the last one.
The “Bred in The Bone” theatre troupe crossed the Channel once again to set up shop in Paris for a week of good old British theatre (in English, of course).
They've brought a co-hort of British artists to perform in the Dreams Before Dawn festival, which offers theatre, music, workshops and discussions, all hosted in at the Theatre de Menimontant, in the 20th arrondissment of Paris.
The festival kicked off on Tuesday and runs until Sunday. 

(Scenes from one of the shows. Photo: Bred in the Bone)
Kate Radford, who is part of the company, says this year's show is worth a visit due to the sheer variety of performers on hand. 
“The shows are from companies that range from new and emerging, to longer standing ones too,” she told The Local.
“This year is really special, because of how much the festival has been extended, from two days to five days and the amount of companies visiting has more than doubled.” 
“Also in troubled times, it is more important than ever to keep the artistic dialogue between our neighbouring countries as an exchange of art and culture.”
Feature performances include Orpheus, which the troupe describes as “a modern, poetic, spoken-word retelling of the renowned Greek tale”, and the “She Is Shakespeare Trilogy”, which will see three Shakespeare classics re-imagined through the female body. 
The festival began in 2015 at the hands of Artistic Director Matthieu Bellon, who told The Local at the time that it was time the French appreciated what English theatre had to offer. 
“There's a certain fear among the French that they won't be able to appreciate theatre in English. In fact, the French are quite closed to anything that's not in French. But they're curious. They want to know what's going on across the channel. Even though sometimes it feels more like an ocean than a channel,” he said. 
Get your tickets for “Dreams Before Dawn” here, and see the full programme here
Photo: Rach/Flickr

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