Created in 2012 at the Festival Les Coups de Théâtre.
All audiences from 12 years old.
This work echoes an earlier play, Leon le nul, co-produced in 2005 with Théâtre Bouches Décousues and the Théâtre d'Aujourd'hui. Éthienne, Leon’s brother, is the main character in this new story and his take on the meaning of family is quite different. Whereas Léon tried to free himself from his mother’s apron strings, Éthienne, a little carbon copy boy with a dark and dirty history, wants to get rid of his father, a man-cow with a slow and awkward gait who is afraid of everything and doesn’t do much. A useless father.
The Mythical Family
The story explores the mythical Quebecois family. Ethienne cannot (or does not want to) describe his family’s origins rationally. His idiosyncratic family is larger-than-life: How else could his mother have given birth to 57 children without any divine intervention? And such ugly children to boot! Such idiots! How did he end up being the only rational one? This must be a sign from the gods. But above all, he is fed up with his vacuous, half-bovine father and seeks some explanation for such cruel and inhumane punishment. Maybe his father was turned into a cow in order to pay for a sin committed / a mistake made by someone in his family… Éthienne desperately needs to understand. He needs to figure out the all-powerful reason behind this life sentence he has been given in order to make sense of it all. Even if he has to invent the whole story to explain his family’s woes.