Press Express

Press Express is another way of dealing with the news; questioning it, shaking it up, clarifying it, stripping it down, urgently, from one day to the next, out of the blue. Unexpectedly.

The experience takes place over the course of one day. A group of three writers and a musician meet in the morning over national and local daily newspapers. For forty-five minutes, they read and make notes. After selecting articles, pointing out images, rejecting some articles, they define the framework of a text which is seen as a series of reflections on current events; poetic, dramatic, comic, absurd, whimsical, literary and musical reflections.

Each person has six hours to write or compose his or her segment. 

The form is free, multidisciplinary: dialogue scene, poem, story, song, etc.

The four artists then get together to arrange the written segments, create the soundtrack and then become the performers to give space, a voice and music to these texts written on the spot. 

The concept of Press Express has been tried and tested, in a variety of settings: at the Comédie de Reims, the Festival d’Avignon, the Théâtre Am Stram Gram in Geneva, and the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Oullins, among others.