Beyond Words French Literature Festival (May 14-21) invites you to
the staged reading of
Ian Soliane’s play Bamako-Paris (translated by Felicity Davidson),
as part of the Institut français’ Cross-Channel Theatre programme,
directed by Kimberley Sykes,
and with Clifford Samuel as Ibou
Friday 18 May 2018
Institut français, London
Ibou, a Malian stowaway hanging on to the landing gear of an Airbus A320 heading for Paris, is talking to us. About Bamako. About his mother. The pumpkin field. Chocolate bars. Amélie. The Djelibougou dump. The University Hospital. Fast food bins. The Black Autumn Riots. The noise. The cold. The cramps. The swaying. From 9000 meters high. About Zoumara the Parisian. Laundrettes. Biscuits for dogs. Cherry Liquors. Mint-scented toilet paper. Ibou talks to us about his future, his hopes, the mad idea that germinated in his mind. The idea of hanging on to a landing gear. The monologue is intersected by the post-mortem of his own body, sixteen hours later, the corpse lying on the autopsy table in a room of the Paris Forensic Medical Institute. A burning topic of our time, handled with a solemnity that doesn’t dismiss humour.
The event will be in English.
Booking is essential. Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions). Book your tickets, here: http://beyondwordslitfest.co.uk/bamako-paris
For more information on the venue, and about Institute français’ Cross-Channel Theatre programme: http://beyondwordslitfest.co.uk/info/
17 Queensberry Place