Help Le Mot Juste take their latest play to the Edinburgh Fringe!
Based on recordings of real conversations, No Place Like celebrates the everyday experiences and lifelong memories of an older generation living in care homes. As playful and poetic as the voices that inspired it, this devised, ensemble piece asks how we might reconnect with a generation which feels increasingly distant.
Praise for Le Mot Juste's last show
"Le Mot Juste give a virtuoso physical performance of Gogol's short story... This is obviously a talented company, and there is much display of their abilities." (Total Theatre)
"Lovely, energetic staging, with the cast of four taking on many roles, switching with a snap of the fingers... an enervating evening watching lively and engaging theatre." (G- Scene)
"Excellent use of physical theatre... wonderfully grotesque... Plenty of chuckling from a happy audience" (Buxton Fringe Review)
"The general feeling amongst the crowd was amazement... this is a show not to be missed" (Remote Goat)
"it deserves a fifth star for this bold and thoughtful reinterpretation of Nikolai Gogol's story" (Fringe Review)
"Stimulating, challenging, but ultimately rewarding" (Camden Voyeur)
"This adaption... leaves no doubt of the capabilities, creativity and vision of Le Mot Juste" (One Stop Arts)
Nominate for Best Show at the 2012 Buxton Fringe
What will your contribution cover?
The money we fundraise will cover research and development costs, in particular workshops and activities we are running in care homes in return for their support for our project.
We also need to cover the costs for:
- Rehearsal space
- Travel to Edinburgh
- Accommodation in Edinburgh
- Flyers and posters
- Venue hire in Edinburgh
- Props, set and costumes
- Basic living expenses in Edinbrugh
No Place Like will play with what the company found surprising and wonderful about the everyday life of care homes. The competition between the women to sit at the same table as Greg (the lothario of the home), or the adventure of the trip to the local town centre on a Thursday.
We believe it is important to show an alternative perspective to care homes and their residents, the stories and characters we have discovered so far, their ambitions and dreams, anecdotes and memories, and we can’t wait to bring all of this to the stage.Future of the project
We believe storytelling and theatre is a powerful way of bringing together generations who often have little contact with each other: our long term plan is to tour the show to theatres and care homes throughout the UK in 2013 and 2014. Every time the show tours to a new place, we will conduct more interviews with residents at a local care home, and re-devise the show to include their stories. The residents will then be invited to a performance at their local theatre. We will also invite local schools or youth art/ photography groups to come and document the process, displaying their work at the end of the week in the theatre, or other community spaces.
Who we are:
Le Mot Juste (nominated: Best Play, Buxton Fringe 2012) makes theatre that moves, both physically and emotionally, compelling the audience to engage, reflect and respond. Formed in 2011 by Sophie Horton and Ben Hadley whilst studying at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, the company has since toured schools and theatres nationwide with their five star production of The Overcoat. Ben and Sophie have recently been joined by Monika Lindeman and Bryony Thomas to produce No Place Like.
What else can you do to help?
Please spread the word! About us and our project. You can find us at
- like us on facebook www.facebook.com/lemotjustetheatre or
- follow us @Le_MotJuste.