The Canuts’ Revolt
News from the Factory Floor
- Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon
3 hours 30 minutes
whose2 intermission (s)
- In French
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An historic epic which mirrors some of today’s political issues, The Canuts’ Revolt (Echos de la fabrique) is a play that was written in a series of workshops over several months with amateur actors about the rebellion of the Lyon silk workers.
The title comes from one of the workers’ newspapers founded by the Canuts, l’Echo de la Fabrique. The show tells the story of the short utopian period between the protests of 1831 and 1834 when the Lyon silk workers became aware of their collective strength and were seeking their emancipation.
The show highlights the institutions that helped this come about: the workers’ newspapers and the labour tribunals, the tensions that existed in society and workers’ issues of the time. This musical drama, where every character has his or her own story also shows us groups at work, searching, driven by the energy and questions of our own time.
The Lyon Opera, X Collective and Harmonie Communale have gathered together about 100 amateur actors in the last two years to work on this story about the Canuts and their improvisations have contributed to the play. For the last stage of this group project, about 60 Lyon residents will be on stage to tell this story.
World première May 2021 at the Théâtre de la Renaissance – Oullins Lyon Métropole
Production : Opéra de Lyon – Cultural development division, Collectif X / L’Harmonie Communale
Co-production : Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon
With the support of the Théâtre de la Renaissance – Oullins Lyon Métropole
Project management team : Marie Evreux, Karine Chièze (Lyon Opera), Nicolas Ligeon (L’Harmonie Communale), Carole Villiès, Anne-Laure Goursaud, Julien Nini (X Collective)
With support from :
Writing and Artistic Direction
Co-writing and Role Play
Martin Sève et François Gorrissen
Anabel Strehaiano et Jérôme Cochet
Lighting and Sound
Jérôme Cochet ; Maud Cosset-Chéneau ; Clémentine Desgranges ; Géraldine Favre ; Arthur Fourcade ; François Gorrissen ; François Hien ; Martin Sève ; Flora Souchier
Scientific advisor and lecture organiser
Project management and coordination
Marie Evreux, Julien Nini et Karine Chièze
Administration, production and distribution
Carole Villiès et Nicolas Ligeon