The Troublemakers

Entertainment or Rejoicing

Somewhere once on a decayed throne, a queen is dying of such boredom that it is threatening to swallow up the entire kingdom in full decline. Lethargic and tyrannical, she calls upon her devoted maid to organize a great competition in order to entertain her and to save what can be saved. A colorful festival takes place, unleashed under the weary and cruel eyes of the queen and her subjects: burlesque and insolent characters, whimsical beings and buffoons parade in delirious and pathetic adventures where even death itself becomes a child's game. But these frail, contradictory and comical characters are also and above all, humans.

The mischievous characters of The Distillery will unleash the horses on stage, galloping from one era to another, from a figure to a function, from the absurd to the political or even both at the same time, to question without pretense: What does it really mean to stir up trouble on a theatre stage? Between medieval and new wave, a ball dance, in the image of our societies, in which games of power take place. A joyful mess between the crash of a storm and the sound of trumpets, in the heart of which a story is woven that reminds theatre of its Dionysian function of impropriety, far from established codes.

8 to 27th October 2013 at Théâtre du Grütli
31st October to 3rd November 2013 at Théâtre de l'Oriental
5 to 6th November 2013 at Théâtre du Pommier
12 to 17th November 2013 at L’Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain

  • Directing, acting and costumes

    Emilie Blaser, Cédric Djedje, Pierre-Antoine Dubey, Cédric Leproust, Nora Steinig

  • Text

    Marion Aubert

  • Artistic collaborator

    Claire Deutsch

  • Lights

    Dominique Dardant

  • Scenography

    Valere Girardin

  • Photography

    Francesca Palazzi

  • Co-production

    Arsenic – Centre d’art scénique contemporain, Théâtre du Grütli, Théâtre de l'Oriental

  • Support

    Pour-cent culturel Migros, Foundation Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Foundation Nestlé pour l’Art, Corodis, Loterie Romande, Ville de Neuchâtel, République et Canton de Neuchâtel

  • Duration

    90 minutes


“By its full possession of Marion Aubert’s text, The Distillery Company moves forward here with talent in totally mastered acting. Between Hamlet and The Dogs of Navarre (Les chiens de Navarre), it promises to be at the forefront of French-speaking theatre”
Cécile Dalla Torre – Le Courrier

“The collective staging provided by the actors of The Distillery Company in a decadent banquet setting; blood and gore and satire go hand in hand superbly. A play which will be remembered.”
Katia Berger — La Tribune de Genève

“By staging the play collectively, the five actors manage to give this saga of tragicomedy the quality of a modern burlesque. A text joyfully fiddled by these young promising actors, to reveal once again the fascinating acuteness of Marion Aubert’s dramaturgy.”
Corinne Jaquiéry –

“A trashy, vehement aesthetic, influenced by the staging of Rodrigo Garcia or Vincent Macaigne. Between squirts of fake-blood, plastic sheeting, queer costumes: great pleasure in acting, brutally carnal, in a jubilant and utterly hilarious satire.”
Pierre Lepori – RTS Espace 2

“It fires, it sings, it’s crazy, very well done by excellent young actors. We feel that with Les Trublions, they indulge themselves excessively and this pleasure is communicative.”
Thierry Sartoretti — RTS La première