04/01/2023, 20.00 – 21.30

In French with german and english subtitles

Qui a tué mon père

(Who killed my father)
by Édouard Louis
Director: Thomas Ostermeier

In French with German and English subtitles

»Throughout my entire childhood, I hoped you’d disappear.« — The disgust with which he regards his violent, alcoholic, rightwing father, whose homophobic outbursts traumatised him for life as he was growing up gay in the French provinces, lies deep in Édouard Louis. But when, in his most recent text, the French writer confronts his now seriously ill father, his anger is transformed into compassion: »You can no longer get behind the wheel, are no longer allowed to drink, can no longer shower unaidid without it presenting an enormous risk. You´re just over fifty. You belong to the precise category of people for whom politics has envisaged a premature death.« The apparent perpetrator has become a victim. His propensity for violence now appears to be more a consequence of continuously suffered humiliation and social brutality. Using the broken body of his father as a starting point, Louis undertakes a defiant rewrite of the recent political and social history of France. It is a chronicle of an ongoing murder, of a deliberate mutilation by neo-liberal »reforms« and their brutality against the workers who are forced to experience their consequences in their own bodies. A polemical and rebellious pamphlet against forgetting, exclusion and the physical violence of a classridden society — and, at the same time, an intimate declaration of love to a person who makes it almost impossible to love him.

Following their collaboration on the adaptation of his novel »Im Herzen der Gewalt« (»History of Violence«), Édouard Louis, directed by Thomas Ostermeier, is appearing for the first time as a performer in one of his own works.


Director: Thomas Ostermeier
Video: Sébastien Dupouey, Marie Sanchez
Stage Designer: Nina Wetzel
Costume Designer: Caroline Tavernier
Composer: Sylvain Jacques
Dramaturg: Florian Borchmeyer, Elisa Leroy
Production/Dramaturg: Elisa Leroy, Anne Arnz
Lighting Designer: Erich Schneider

With: Édouard Louis

Duration: ca. 90 minutes

Premiered on 7 October 2021 in Berlin, Premiered in Paris on 9 September 2020

Tour Dates

Amsterdam (February 2022)
New York (May 2022)
Thessaloniki (Oktober 2022)
Stockholm (November 2022)
Madrid (January 2023)

Qui a tué mon père (Who killed my father) is a production of Schaubühne and Théâtre de la Ville Paris.

Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.