Rémy (4 stars)

This article is from 2012


Bittersweet, often funny play on a loyal Napoelon soldier, from talented young performer/writer Claire Gaydon

On the strength of this, the first show produced under the banner of newly formed theatre company Everything I Own, writer/performer Claire Gaydon is a talent to keep an eye on. Her historical drama, which unfolds in the aftermath of Napoleon’s reign of glory, is a vividly rendered and thoughtful account of the pros and cons of hero worship.

Set in the year 1825, the play opens with the protagonist, a member of Napoleon’s now fallen Grand Army, imprisoned in a cell. Rémy, who served faithfully and fought for Napoleon in the Spanish peninsula campaign, is now relegated to the same fate as his former commander, now exiled on an island prison in the Mediterranean. From the confines of his own cell, Rémy recalls his adventures as a soldier, but he also brings to life various ‘experiences’ he has imagined himself to be present at, such as his appearance at the storming of the Bastille.

It’s a bittersweet, and often very funny, account of the power of the imagination and the pull of hero worship.

Paradise in The Vault, 510 0022, until 27 Aug, 5pm, £7 (£5).


  • 4 stars

France falls in love with Napoleon, but when a hero betrays us, can we ever forgive? Rémy, a prisoner who doesn’t know exactly how old he is begins to tell his story. A bench becomes a cow, a church, a guillotine and plant pots come to life as real people. Tumbling from rustic France, through the Iberian Peninsula and…