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In “Just in”, the actor portrays an unlikely prime minister, to the opposite of the image often neat politicians.
For his third piece, the author and comedian Lucien Ratio venture into a hybrid genre not very common in the theatre : a tale of the polico-fantasy inspired of personalities real. “The narrative part of the stories known, but then switches into a kind of delirious fantasy that brings together all the political figures emblematic of the past few years to create a link between them “, he explains.
Tested in December at the Ever Read of Quebec, the town where the creator is based, modified over the news, Just in (say it aloud…) is set to undergo his baptism at Zoofest.
The solo, who will open the season of its First Acts in September, emanates from an observation. A great lover of politics, Lucien Ratio is said to be reversed to see, during the last election campaigns, including federal, at which point they now appear to be ” extremely staged, and even more subtle way. It highlights an image, a [brand], sometimes more than the content. What has me the most turned on, it is to see Justin Trudeau greeting a crowd imagination every time he went into the air… It is rendered far : one stage even beu-bye invisible ! “
In Just in, the actor portrays an unlikely prime minister, to the opposite of the image often neat politicians. A protagonist described as an amalgam of Justin Trudeau, Maxime Bernier, Rob Ford and “a little” Donald Trump. (Brrrr !) A beast of populism, what.
In addition to playing other characters, Lucien Ratio also takes care of the régie on the stage, controlling the music — a composition of Millimetrik. At 35 years of age, the interpreter feels ready for a first solo, he who has tasted a little of this privileged contact with the general public through some of the scenes from Trainspotting — a role for which he received the critics Award in 2013.
The story takes place in two time frames. At the present, Just in the first day of the new leader. “He woke up completely naked in a hotel, not remembering anything of what happened the day before, except his election. And through his quest to find the memory, tracing his political career, which began four years earlier, by his boxing bout against a senator. “
Chased by a monster, the elected will have a revelation about its origins ” a bit special “…
The playwright drew on the side of the… the reptilians. These creatures, present in the myths, is also fuelling of wild theories complotistes around the world. Some consider them as aliens, descendants of the dinosaurs refugees at the centre of the Earth or the link to the egyptian gods Hannunakis.
[During the election campaigns], one puts forward an image, a [brand], sometimes more than the content. What has me the most turned on, it is to see Justin Trudeau greeting a crowd imagination every time he went into the air… It is rendered far : one stage even beu-bye invisible !
— Lucien Ratio
“There has always been conspiracy theories. But maybe they stand out in particular now, because we are a little disillusioned, at the political level. There is a lack of interest. I have the impression that we do not recognize in the people we put in power. It is as if we forgot that our vote can make a difference. “And this feeling of powerlessness would lead perhaps to these beliefs in a large machine that pulls the strings in the shadows…
Lucien Ratio reminds us of our responsibility as voters. And our power as citizens. “Since the Spring maple, it is amazing : I hear many say that the events, it’s no use, it can’t make things change. It was fear of the protesters. “He gives the example of the recent G-7. “In Quebec, there were police everywhere and virtually no [protesters], in comparison. “A demonstration of force to make” fear the people “.
However, he insists, the student movement has had an impact : “ministers have fallen ; it is huge. And it still has this [power]. “
A viewer with little interest by the public can still enjoy this piece infused a lot of humour, ensures its author, who for five years was co-written and directed Beu-bye, a review of the year, Lined.
Rest up here, all the texts of Lucien Ratio have dealt with political issues, or news. “This is what inspires me. I come from a family where we always talked at the table. “Most importantly, it has a tendency to write on people who do not necessarily share his vision of the world. “It is as [a way] to get closer to them. “
His first work, The band, was interested as well in a sniper suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. And in 2013, The big show focused on the controversial ” radio garbage “.
“I still listen fairly regularly to Radio-X, introduces the creator. What I find amazing is that on the plan [of taste] music, hey that one is the same ! When a speaker talks of music, so I am. But as soon as he begins to talk about news, there is a disconnect. To be touched by the same piece of music is to share an emotion, it is still strong ! How after can we have ideas completely different on a subject so important, let us say that the social well-being, that really affects the lives of the people ? [This paradox] fascinates me. “
Text of Lucian Ratio, staging of Jocelyn Pelletier, from 18 to 20 and from 25 to 27 July at the Cabaret of the 4th, at the Monument-National.