Offbeat: Rennes. Go away ! The expeditious social plan of the bar-thomas replayed on stage

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« Barre-toi ! » interprété par la compagnie de théâtre amateur 4e Echo. © DR "Barre! »Interpreted by the 4th Echo amateur theater company.

The amateur theater troupe The 4th echo chose to adapt the book written by former employees of the Thomas bar, in Rennes, victims of the social plan which put at the door in 2007, 208 of the 1,600 employees of the subsidiary of Citroën.

The first two performances, last spring, brought together 300 spectators and allowed the 4th echo amateur theater to set up a small tour.

on the poster bar toi !, A piece from the eponymous book published in 2009, a series of 40 testimonies from former employees of the Barre-Thomas , in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine), licensed in 2007, After a social plan, despite the unfavorable opinion of the works council (CE) and the absence of agreement with the unions. A performance will be given Friday, November 25, 2022, at 8:30 p.m., at ADEC, rue Papu, in Rennes.

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David Cabon © Ouest-France David Cabon

"It was François Macquaire, amateur actor in our company, lawyer at the CFTC, who had collected these testimonies at the time, which made me discover the story", explains David Cabon. He decides to adapt it for the theater, "because it moved me, touched".

David Cabon keeps the frame of the book, the rumors that swell within the company, the intuitions of each other, the day D, terrible, when the ax falls, then the solidarity, the collective, which will take the employees before the tribunal de grande instance to obtain the conviction of Silver Point .

What marked the director, "This is the brutality" with which the employees were fired. “The workers arrived, one morning. They had twenty minutes to go see their chief who had to inform them of their rights, before being accompanied by the locker room without even saying goodbye to colleagues. Office employees learned that they were dismissed, because the password of their session was no longer valid. They were no longer part of the business. "

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L’affiche de la pièce Barre toi ! © DR The poster of the piece bar you!

It is not for the director of "judging" the social plan, "It's not my role" but to report the steamroller that started, " Words of the employees are strong, they speak of an execution peloton, a scaffold.

David Cabon met with former employees, "who told me about odors, the noise that reigned at the factory" . He found archive images, plastic boxes that contained rubber, gray and blue work jackets ...

He chose thirteen testimonies among the forty, interpreted by seven amateur actors, "to have different experiences. There are those who felt relieved that this uncertainty ends. Others are still fifteen years later, difficulty talking about it. Some were followed by a psychologist. "

François Macquaire who finds himself as an actor, does not come back, " We fill the rooms! It is magic ! David Cabon managed to bring these testimonies to life, without sinking into the melodrama, also showing the hope nourished by the collective, the shoulder on which one can put his head. »

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