|Written by:||Michael Tremblay (Translation: Sian Evans)|
|Run:||Swansea, Cardiff & London
First production of the Thin Language Theatre Company
|It is unclear at the moment, what role Michael Sheen had exactly in this production, but it is felt that is was not as a cast member. This was the first production of the Thin Language Theatre Company that Michael formed in 1993 along with Simon Harris.
There are two conversations going on simultaneously: one between the couple Marie-Lou and Léopold, the other between their daughters Carmen and Manon. The conversations take place ten years apart but are intermingled throughout the play.
Marie-Lou and Léopold have been in a bad marriage for 20 years and permanently quarrel about almost everything: money, his drinking, his beating the children, etc. They have three children, with a fourth one on the way. The children always hear their parents fighting.
From the conversation of the two sisters, it becomes clear that the parents and the younger brother died in what Carmen interprets as a extended suicide while Manon sees it as her father murdering her mother and brother before killing himself. Not surprisingly, this event had a strong impact on both their lives.
Carmen tried to get out and make a living as a Country Western singer. She feels free and independent and wants to forget her past. Her sister Manon dwells on the past, never wants to have a relationship because she thinks all men are like her father and tries to emulate her mother, who she looks up to as a saint.
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