Chris Mouron talks about adapting The Little Prince to stage

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The Little Prince show is coming to the Sydney Opera House at the end of the month. We spoke with Chris Mouron, playwright and co-director of The Little Prince before her arrival in Australia.

Chris Mouron, you are the dramaturge and co-director of the show The Little Prince which is soon going to be played at the Sydney Opera House. Tell us a little about the show. What can Australian audiences expect?

When we started working on the show, Anne and I, straight away we shared our ideas with the third accomplice of this creation: Terry Truck. And when the music started coming to life, I immediately felt like putting the essential words of the book in it. That’s how the role of the narrator was born and that he is invited into this world of dance and acrobatics. Anne and I are very complementary. She comes from the world of dance, of gest, of grace. I come from the world of music, of words. Our two experiences are completely different but complete each other wonderfully.

 

In 1996, we started experimenting with this mixture of cross-arts, which some people have called “a new genre” since the creation of our The Little Prince. It is normally hard to mix these two worlds, these two languages. For The Little Prince, it was obvious and exciting. The Little Prince is an universal and timeless story. I hope with all my heart that the Australian audiences, like those in Paris and Dubai, will be transported by the show, will travel with the Little Prince, and will rediscover the emotion and imagination of the book.

Image: Philippe Hanula

 

What attracted you to The Little Prince? What do you look for in a book when you’re looking to adapt it to stage?

Adapting a masterpiece is the most difficult things that there is. And The Little Prince is a masterpiece of poetry and of emotion which has always affected me as an author. I can only adapt what inspires me because adapting requires a lot of inspiration and creation. And my primary goal in adapting the work was to extract the essential words of the work without distorting the overall message. I took extreme care to respect every single comma of Saint-Exupéry’s words in the sentences I chose from the book, and to respect his words even when I adapted his prose in song form. The result was quite astonishing, speaking to music in a kind of ‘Sprechgesang’ as the Germans call it, or a kind of ‘slam’.

 

Is the show faithful to the book The Little Prince?

Anne and I stayed totally faithful to this book that we love. We wanted to render as much as possible of its poetry, its philosophy, its beauty. We just took the liberty of exploring the totally visionary side of Saint-Exupéry: Our vain man has mobile phones in his pockets to take selfies, our star-counting businessman is invaded by computers and is over-connected. The Little Prince takes care of his planet and sends a very clear and important ecological message.

 

The Little Prince
Image: Philippe Hanula

 

Do you recall when you read The Little Prince the first time? What effect did it have on you?

I didn’t read it, I listened to it… I was at school and the teacher asked us to listen to the disc which had recently been recorded by the wonderful actor Gérard Philippe. The Little Prince was played by Georges Poujouly. I remember it like it was yesterday the tears of emotion which flowed down my cheeks. I was deeply moved, captivated in listening to this story. It was a revelation for me. The Little Prince is one of the works that made me want to write.

 

How has working on The Little Prince been different to your other projects?

All shows are close to my heart, but this one is totally special. For me, it represents the culmination of a collaborative effort, of explorations, of daring research, which we have been engaged in with Anne for twenty years.

 

You can also read our interview with Anne Tournié, the show’s director here

KEY INFO

WHAT: The show The Petit Prince

WHERE: SYDNEY Opera House

WHEN: 26 May to 6 June

HOW: Buy your tickets via the website: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/circus-and-magic/2021/the-little-prince.html

HOW MUCH: Tickets cost $89 -$ 149 plus $8.50 booking fee.

 

Which childhood book would you like to see turned into a stage production?

 

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The Little Prince

What’s on in June 2020?

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Here are the events that are happening in June 2020. Among them are events hosted all around the world, but given they are all online you can take advantage and participate in them!

 

You’ll find cooking classes, champagne tastings, discussions about French cinema, and even French songs for children!

 

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01/06WineEd: Organic & Biodynamic Wines with Britt & Per KarlssonWineEd: Organic & Biodynamic Wines with Britt & Per Karlsson
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02/06AF Perth: Ciné-Club: Family TiesAF Perth: Ciné-Club: Family Ties
02/06NSW VIC: SME Networking GroupNSW VIC: SME Networking Group
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03/06Wild flavours in cheeses–focusing on histamine formation and acrid flavoursWild flavours in cheeses–focusing on histamine formation and acrid flavours
04/06Cognac Day/ Journee mondiale du cognacCognac Day/ Journee mondiale du cognac
04/06Virtual Masterclass with Champagne Virginie T: A Family LegacyVirtual Masterclass with Champagne Virginie T: A Family Legacy
04/06Free Virtual Masterclass - Champagne DehoursFree Virtual Masterclass - Champagne Dehours
04/06Foreign Correspondents: reporting during a pandemicForeign Correspondents: reporting during a pandemic
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04/06Perfume Accords: Orange Blossom, With Ashley Eden KesslerPerfume Accords: Orange Blossom, With Ashley Eden Kessler
04/06LIVE Cooking Class: Rustic French CookingLIVE Cooking Class: Rustic French Cooking
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05/06AF Adelaide: Ciné Club: Bienvenue chez les ch'tisAF Adelaide: Ciné Club: Bienvenue chez les ch'tis
05/06AF Canberra: French movie club in English: Les vacances de monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday)AF Canberra: French movie club in English: Les vacances de monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday)
05/06AF Canberra: French movie club in French: Les vacances de monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday)AF Canberra: French movie club in French: Les vacances de monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday)
05/06AF Sydney: Video Conference Talk: Matisse v Picasso (en français)AF Sydney: Video Conference Talk: Matisse v Picasso (en français)
05/065 Ateliers de Dégustation 101 avec Natalie Richard - Routes des vins dans le Monde5 Ateliers de Dégustation 101 avec Natalie Richard - Routes des vins dans le Monde
05/06Online Ciné Canapé + Discussion in French - Lost in ParisOnline Ciné Canapé + Discussion in French - Lost in Paris
05/06Around the World Virtual Wine Tasting - A Tour through Champagne, Marlborough and TuscanyAround the World Virtual Wine Tasting - A Tour through Champagne, Marlborough and Tuscany
05/06Live Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Virtual TourLive Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Virtual Tour
05/06PODCAST VIDEO : Comment la mode envisage l'après-Covid?PODCAST VIDEO : Comment la mode envisage l'après-Covid?
05/06Musique Brésilienne par Murielle BeatitudeMusique Brésilienne par Murielle Beatitude
05/06Live Webinar - Exploration, Innovation and Literacy in the French ClassroomLive Webinar - Exploration, Innovation and Literacy in the French Classroom
05/06Instagram Live Interview with Frédéric Hermel, Author of "Zidane"Instagram Live Interview with Frédéric Hermel, Author of "Zidane"
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06/06Live Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Virtual TourLive Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Virtual Tour
06/06Online French Book ClubOnline French Book Club
06/06Artists and intellectuals in Nazi-occupied ParisArtists and intellectuals in Nazi-occupied Paris
06/06Golden Lips contest/concoursGolden Lips contest/concours
07/06Meet Bestselling Mystery Author Cara BlackMeet Bestselling Mystery Author Cara Black
07/06Live Paris Catacombs Virtual TourLive Paris Catacombs Virtual Tour
07/06The Reegroup Hour: Energy and Stillness - special guest: Emmanuelle PassesThe Reegroup Hour: Energy and Stillness - special guest: Emmanuelle Passes
07/06Online Atelier - Healthy Frenchie (Français/English)Online Atelier - Healthy Frenchie (Français/English)
07/06Tarte Virginie
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08/06Méditation guidée avec Manon PelletierMéditation guidée avec Manon Pelletier
08/06Battle of the Somms: Blind-wine tastingBattle of the Somms: Blind-wine tasting
08/06Atelier de travail: Construire son modèle de vente pour sa marque cosmétiqueAtelier de travail: Construire son modèle de vente pour sa marque cosmétique
08/06France Special - World Naked DayFrance Special - World Naked Day
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08/06WineEd Monday Masterclass 8/06: Bordeaux Wine with Laura ClayWineEd Monday Masterclass 8/06: Bordeaux Wine with Laura Clay
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10/06FACCI WA: Navigating Contractual Challenges: A dispute resolution perspectiveFACCI WA: Navigating Contractual Challenges: A dispute resolution perspective
10/06Débat-conf'ÎSEE #2 : COVID-19 et santé environnementaleDébat-conf'ÎSEE #2 : COVID-19 et santé environnementale
10/06Twin Flames Live performance/ Performance en directTwin Flames Live performance/ Performance en direct
10/06Musique en famille - Voyage au coeur de la forêtMusique en famille - Voyage au coeur de la forêt
10/06How To Be Happy: Lessons from French Literature | Viv GroskopHow To Be Happy: Lessons from French Literature | Viv Groskop
10/06Virtual Baking Workshop: Strawberry Rhubarb ClafoutisVirtual Baking Workshop: Strawberry Rhubarb Clafoutis
11/06FACCI: Raiseyour glass to convivialityFACCI: Raiseyour glass to conviviality
11/06"French Fantastique" (plus Q&A) | OLDMAN’S WINE FOR YOUR BUNKER *LIVE*"French Fantastique" (plus Q&A) | OLDMAN’S WINE FOR YOUR BUNKER *LIVE*
11/06Power and Authority in French cinemaPower and Authority in French cinema
11/06Atelier virtuel Impression Vegetale sur Tissus et PapierAtelier virtuel Impression Vegetale sur Tissus et Papier
12/06Perfume Accords: Rose, With Ashley Eden KesslerPerfume Accords: Rose, With Ashley Eden Kessler
12/06Online Author Event: Historical Fiction Author Kate QuinnOnline Author Event: Historical Fiction Author Kate Quinn
12/06A nigth with Charles Philipponnat - Chez vous!A nigth with Charles Philipponnat - Chez vous!
12/06Musique Brésilienne par Murielle BeatitudeMusique Brésilienne par Murielle Beatitude
12/06Online Ciné Canapé + Discussion in French - Wedding unplannedOnline Ciné Canapé + Discussion in French - Wedding unplanned
12/063, 2, 1... Natacha makes the Show! 3, 2, 1... Natacha makes the Show! 
13/06Wine Tasting with Chateau Pommard, BurgundyWine Tasting with Chateau Pommard, Burgundy
13/06Soirée Cinéma: "Ce qui nous lie" ("Back to Burgundy")Soirée Cinéma: "Ce qui nous lie" ("Back to Burgundy")
13/06Golden Lips contest/concoursGolden Lips contest/concours
13/06Pinot in Paris: Virtual Paint partyPinot in Paris: Virtual Paint party
13/06In the Footsteps of Julia Child: Boeuf Bourguignon & Crepes SuzetteIn the Footsteps of Julia Child: Boeuf Bourguignon & Crepes Suzette
13/06Film Fridays: Online LGBTQ+ Film festivalFilm Fridays: Online LGBTQ+ Film festival
13/06Musique en famille - Voyage au coeur de la forêtMusique en famille - Voyage au coeur de la forêt
14/06Online Atelier - Healthy Frenchie (Français/English)Online Atelier - Healthy Frenchie (Français/English)
14/06Tarte Virginie
Goes on Live!
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Goes on Live!
15/06Pressoir.wine At Home Session with Mathieu Roland-BillecartPressoir.wine At Home Session with Mathieu Roland-Billecart
15/06Battle of the Somms: Blind-wine tastingBattle of the Somms: Blind-wine tasting
15/06APOCALYPSE KITCHEN: Bistro Night - Steak FritesAPOCALYPSE KITCHEN: Bistro Night - Steak Frites
16/06Atelier de Prise de parole - Etre efficace en interviewAtelier de Prise de parole - Etre efficace en interview
16/06Annie's Signature Sweets Virtual baking class- French Macarons-gluten freeAnnie's Signature Sweets Virtual baking class- French Macarons-gluten free
16/06Faites Grandir votre actif entrepreneurial !Faites Grandir votre actif entrepreneurial !
17/06French Wine School: Rhône Valley virtual wine masterclassFrench Wine School: Rhône Valley virtual wine masterclass
17/06Rebondir après la crise : comment se libérer de ses freins et de ses peursRebondir après la crise : comment se libérer de ses freins et de ses peurs
17/06AFF Club du LivreAFF Club du Livre
17/06Musique en famille - Voyage au pays des oursMusique en famille - Voyage au pays des ours
17/06Naturals and Synthetics, with Ashley Eden Kessler & Jessica HannahNaturals and Synthetics, with Ashley Eden Kessler & Jessica Hannah
18/06FACCI: Video conference - how to win at COVID-19 Practical editionFACCI: Video conference - how to win at COVID-19 Practical edition
18/06Reading & Conversation: Audrée Wilhelmy w/ Karla LambReading & Conversation: Audrée Wilhelmy w/ Karla Lamb
19/06AF Adelaide: Ciné Club: Asterix et Obelix: Mission CleopatreAF Adelaide: Ciné Club: Asterix et Obelix: Mission Cleopatre
19/06A night with Pol Roger’s Laurent d’Harcourt – Chez vous!A night with Pol Roger’s Laurent d’Harcourt – Chez vous!
19/06Online Ciné Canapé + French Discussion - Bad seedsOnline Ciné Canapé + French Discussion - Bad seeds
19/063, 2, 1... Natacha makes the Show! 3, 2, 1... Natacha makes the Show! 
20/06Wine Styles: Rosés $10- $20Wine Styles: Rosés $10- $20
20/06Golden Lips contest/concoursGolden Lips contest/concours
21/06La fete de la musiqueLa fete de la musique
21/06AF Townsville: Fête de la musiqueAF Townsville: Fête de la musique
21/06Tarte Virginie
Goes on Live!
Tarte Virginie
Goes on Live!
21/06Online Atelier - Healthy Frenchie (Français/English)Online Atelier - Healthy Frenchie (Français/English)
21/06Seminar Series on Anguish and the Absurd - Nausea by Jean Paul SartreSeminar Series on Anguish and the Absurd - Nausea by Jean Paul Sartre
22/06The Wine Diva: Rosé All Day Wine TastingThe Wine Diva: Rosé All Day Wine Tasting
22/06Continental Philosophy Seminar SeriesContinental Philosophy Seminar Series
22/06Battle of the Somms: Blind-wine tastingBattle of the Somms: Blind-wine tasting
22/06Atelier Micro-entrepreneurAtelier Micro-entrepreneur
23/06L’œil de biche classique: niveau - debutantL’œil de biche classique: niveau - debutant
23/06Faites Grandir votre actif entrepreneurial !Faites Grandir votre actif entrepreneurial !
24/06Musique en famille - Fête de l'étéMusique en famille - Fête de l'été
24/06French Cooking: Get SaucyFrench Cooking: Get Saucy
24/06Rebondir après la crise : comment se libérer de ses freins et de ses peursRebondir après la crise : comment se libérer de ses freins et de ses peurs
25/06FACCI Video conference: COVID-19 Economic response: Europe vs. AustraliaFACCI Video conference: COVID-19 Economic response: Europe vs. Australia
25/06Améliorer la circulation et les flux : un enjeu majeur de la repriseAméliorer la circulation et les flux : un enjeu majeur de la reprise
25/06"Covid-19 : quoi de neuf pour nos territoires ?""Covid-19 : quoi de neuf pour nos territoires ?"
26/063, 2, 1... Natacha makes the Show! 3, 2, 1... Natacha makes the Show! 
26/06AF Sydney: Video Conference Talk: Colours of ImpressionismAF Sydney: Video Conference Talk: Colours of Impressionism
26/06A night with Veuve Fourny’s Charles-Henry Fourny – Chez vous!A night with Veuve Fourny’s Charles-Henry Fourny – Chez vous!
26/06Club de lecture virtuel : discussion en ligneClub de lecture virtuel : discussion en ligne
26/06Perfume Accords: Tuberose, With Ashley Eden KesslerPerfume Accords: Tuberose, With Ashley Eden Kessler
27/06French cabaret cultureFrench cabaret culture
27/06Golden Lips contest/concoursGolden Lips contest/concours
27/06ONLINE Club de Lecture : Les gratitudes de Delphine de ViganONLINE Club de Lecture : Les gratitudes de Delphine de Vigan
27/06Musique en famille - Fête de l'étéMusique en famille - Fête de l'été
28/06Tarte Virginie
Goes on Live!
Tarte Virginie
Goes on Live!
28/06Take a Virtual Trip to France: An Exclusive Wine Tasting ExperienceTake a Virtual Trip to France: An Exclusive Wine Tasting Experience
29/06Virtual French Book Club - l'élégance du hérissonVirtual French Book Club - l'élégance du hérisson
29/06Battle of the Somms: Blind-wine tastingBattle of the Somms: Blind-wine tasting
30/06Le télétravail après le covid : vers un monde distancié ?Le télétravail après le covid : vers un monde distancié ?
30/06Cocktail hour with author Melanie BenjaminCocktail hour with author Melanie Benjamin
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If an event is missing, please let us know by email to matildamarseillaise (at) gmail.com or write a comment on this article.

 

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