The resilient Mauritius

The resilient Mauritius


In the play Maurice, Anne-Marie Olivier slips perfectly into the skin of a 66-year-old man who became aphasic following a stroke. The author and actress inhabits with great luminosity a man who exists and whom she has met. 

Four months after leaving the artistic direction of the Trident, to return to creation, Anne-Marie Olivier, with her company Bienvenue aux dames, offers a beautiful theatrical object at the heart of the human.

At the On display until November 12 at the Périscope theatre, Maurice is a show about the resilience of a man who, at the age of 33, has lost part of his mobility and his ability to express himself with complete sentences.

At each performance, Anne-Marie Olivier invites a member of the public on stage in order to create a conversation, like the one she had, a few years ago, with the real Mauritius. A Maurice who, during the premiere, was in the room.

The man tells his story through these exchanges initiated by this character who suffers from aphasia.

A bold and high-risk way of doing things. Tuesday, during the premiere, we felt, at a few moments, that we were moving away a little when the guest, totally in good faith, wanted to get involved in his own way. What is human in the circumstances and demonstrates the authenticity of a conversation that can go in all kinds of directions. At each misdirection, Anne-Marie Olivier managed, with humor, to bring the train back on track.

And when Maurice hesitates on a word and the guest is unable to decode it, people from the audience come to his rescue.

To live fully

In a staging by Olivier Arteau, Mauricetakes place in an intimate atmosphere with, as decor, a small table, an orange, an ashtray and a hanging lamp. There is also a small fridge with a choice of drinks for the guest of the performance. 

Amusing situation, during the premiere, on Tuesday, when Maurice lit a theater cigarette which s is joyfully inflamed, provoking an immense burst of laughter in a Periscope filled to the maximum of its capacity.

Anne-Marie Olivier offers a more than believable Maurice through her movements, the words she seeks and her hesitations. We believe in. Fully.

She portrays a resilient man, who despite his many limitations has a lot of humor and exudes happiness.

A man who was an economist, who worked 80 hours a week , unable to say more than two words after emerging from a nine-day coma and rejected by his family. 

Maurice exposes a reality through the human prism as Anne-Marie Olivier knows how to do. A beautiful, true show, full of resilience and with a Maurice who has chosen, despite the pitfalls, to live fully and who believes he has become, following his stroke, a better person.