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Caroline Doutre

What if theaters opened their doors to the public for one hour on January 30, in protest against the indefinite closure of cultural venues in France?

This is the idea of ​​the director of the Factory in Avignon.

Laurent Rochut, at the head of this permanent scene in Vaucluse, has just launched this national call for an “open theaters operation”, via Facebook, as “a cry for help”.

"It's just a way of demonstrating, of calling for help, our intention is absolutely not to call for insurrection," he explains.

The appeal was notably relayed in the columns of


"A little chilly"

"For the moment the reactions are a little chilly, there are a lot of concerns, but things are rising a little", he continues, explaining that he is already followed by his colleagues from the Golovine theater in Avignon, from the Station- Théâtre de La Mézière, near Rennes (Ille-et-VIlaine), or the Petit Théâtre des Templiers d'Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue (Vaucluse).

Its call is simple: open all the theaters in France, for one hour, and all at the same time, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday January 30, in order to welcome the public, in strict compliance with sanitary rules, with masks and hydroalcoholic gel.

“It could be done in the form of a walk, like for people who would enter a clothing store,” he explains.

Or seated, respecting the distances, as in a church, except that we are not the opium of the people, ”he smiles.


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