21 December 2023
Film-maker and novelist Christophe Honoré presents Les Doyens at the TNN, a participatory lecture-show hosted by two delirious professors, inviting the children in the audience to question the views of their elders.
On stage are two ageless men who claim to have been there for all eternity and to have known all the historical figures from whom they embroider their speeches. They are peremptory, authoritarian and paternalistic, and have decided to use the performance time to urgently re-educate the audience of children in front of them. Their sermons are exaggerated, ridiculous and provocative, but sometimes they are also true, documented and interesting. The more they claim to know, the less they are believed. And then an irresistible urge to contradict them, to silence them, begins to reign.