Thomas Quillardet

Ton père

Archive 2023


Adapted and staged by Thomas Quillardet
Staging assistant, Titiane Barthel
Based on Ton Père by Christophe Honoré (published by Mercure de France)
Featuring Thomas Blanchard, Claire Catherine, Morgane el Ayoubi, Josué Ndofusu, Étienne Toqué
Stage design, Lisa Navarro
Lights, Lauriane Duvignaud£
Costumes, Marie La Rocca
Choreography assistant, Jérôme Brabant
General set management, Titouan Lechevalier
Choreography assistant, Jérôme Brabant

Produced by 8 Avril
Co-produced by Comédie – CDN de Reims; Le Trident – Scène nationale de Cherbourg-en-Cotentin; Théâtre de la Cité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie; Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Scène nationale; Le Théâtre de Chelles; Le Gallia – Théâtre Cinéma Saintes; Pont des Arts, centre de Cesson-Sévigné; Festival d’Automne à Paris with support from Drac Île-de-France, région Île-de-France, Adami, Théâtre de Vanves
With support from the job market integration scheme of École du Nord, supported by the Hauts-de-France region and the Ministry of Culture
Special thanks to the town of Cherbourg en Cotentin
With the support or the Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès 

Thomas Quillardet brings us his adaptation of Ton Père by Christophe Honoré, in a quadri-frontal staging. In this autobiographical novel, the narrator probes into his situation as a homosexual man and father, and of the prejudices at work in society. Exploring all the inner recesses of his life, he looks back in time at his adolescence and relationship with his father.

Ton père opens with the narrator being suddenly woken up. On a piece of paper that his ten year-old daughter finds stuck to the front door of their flat with a drawing-pin, one Sunday, is an anonymous note: “war and peace: a doubtful spoonerism”. The finger of suspicion points in his direction; as a gay man, he could not possibly be a father. Between introspection and suspense-filled enquiry – who is this invisible enemy that pursues him? – and racked with doubt but not without humour, the narrator, played by Thomas Blanchard, questions the place assigned to each of us within the constraints of society. Unnerved by the intrusion of this drawing-pin in his life, rather like a stone in his shoe, we encounter him revisiting his childhood years in Brittany, his family life and the various ‘firsts’ in his life – desire, seduction, girls, boys, writing, and Paris… - as well as his relationship with his father. Centring upon Thomas Blanchard, an actor with a delicate presence that fluctuates from one age to another, the director Thomas Quillardet invites spectators into the inner life of the main character by means of a quadri-frontal staging inhabited by the voices of five actors who bring to life no less than twenty-three characters.