Original Idea and writing: Francesca Lo Bue, Claire Parry
Mise en scene: Francesca Lo Bue
Cast: Andrea Boeryd, Harry Kearton, Enrico Mazza, Claire Parry, Ermanno Pingitore
Original Music: Claire Parry
Scenography: Andrea Boeryd, Francesca Lo Bue, Enrico Mazza
Realisation of Scenography: Officine Creative (Turin, Italy)
With the support of Cavallerizza Irreale (Turin, Italy)
Set in an absurd and grotesque world, Cache-Cache is a transposition of what it is to live in a general state of fear, following the successive terrorist attacks recently experienced in Europe.
The tranquil life enjoyed by the town of Hiddleigh is thrown into disorder by the unexpected arrival of the ‘Voice’: an invisible and unknown entity, resonating down from the sky. In this imaginary universe, governed by the rules of the game of Hide and Seek, the Voice starts to count. The inhabitants of Hiddleigh realise they must hide in order to survive, for whoever remains exposed once the count finishes will perish.
However, no hiding place can guarantee complete security. The Count, whose rhythm and duration varies constantly, becomes more and more unpredictable.
Faced by the threat of this agonizing game, the life of the town is completely destablished in its rhythms, routines and relations. Fear becomes a part of daily life, and with it a sense of helplessness, wrought by such an unpredictable and uncontrollable menace. We observe this drama via the intertwined tragicomic stories of the protagonists, which illuminate a multitude of possible responses to living in a state of fear.
A reflection on fear
The origins of this project lie in the observation of the recent attacks in Europe and their consequences. However, we do not aim to treat the complexity of the phenomenon of terrorism in itself. Our interest rather lies in the exploration of the consequences such acts produce in the everyday life of civilians and in particular the degeneration of human relations in a society contaminated by fear:
What does it mean to live suddenly under a great threat to one’s existence?
How does this constant fear become a part of daily life?
In what way does the impossibility of predicting how and when this threat will arrive, affect the routines and interactions of a community and its inhabitants?
How does the fear evolve into suspicion, mistrust, intolerance, violence?
Do governements and authorities take advantage of the state of fear?
The relevance and poignancy of this theme grows ever stronger in the context of our modern world, where we find ourselves and our society increasingly afraid and easily manipulable.