La Nuit des Camisards on tour - An interview with Lionnel Astier by Julie Rabier

La Nuit des Camisards on tour 1In October 1685, with the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, Louis XIV declared the end of freedom of religion in France. Protestants were forced to convert to Catholicism or resist and go underground. In the Cévennes mountains Protestantism survived during secret meetings at which plans were made for armed revolt. On July 24 1702, the Abbot du Chayla was murdered by the first camisards. This theatre piece begins the day before the event.

Focussing upon the freedom of conscience and the dark period of the religious war between Catholics and Protestants, the play will celebrate its hundredth performance this summer.

It was created through collaboration between Lionnel Astier, actor, director and adapter, and Gilbert Rouvière, producer and director of the Zinc theatre company. The play was performed for the first time in Saint-Jean-du-Gard in 2007. It has enjoyed success both with the public and performers alike with open-air performances in Alès and several other locations. For 2016, the play has returned to its roots through travelling theatre featuring eleven performances in nine towns.

Julie Rabier has interviewed its main character Lionnel Astier. Originally from Alès he also performs in a very famous French TV comedy with his son: Kaamelott.


The extraordinary Abbé Pierre of Emmaüs by Brian Langston

The extraordinary Abbe Pierre of Emmaus 1"You don’t need to be perfect before you can start doing something good".
Abbé Pierre


The nondescript shopfronts of the Emmaüs charity shops, which can be found right across France, belie the remarkable story of the Catholic priest who was their founder. Very few expats rummaging through the bric-à-brac are au fait with the amazing achievements of the miraculous monk who devoted his life to helping the poor.


The Luma tower in Arles a new landmark by Janice Lert

The Luma tower in Arles a new landmarkWhat’s new in Arles? The Luma Foundation tower of course! You can’t miss it from wherever you approach the city: people are already calling it the Eiffel Tower of Arles... It dominates the flat landscape around Arles as far as the eye can see and reminds us of the church spires during the Middle Ages, visible from afar to inform tired pilgrims that they were approaching the city...


The bard heads south! by Patrick Hurley

British Screen Festival 2016

This year’s 19th festival of the best of British cinema will be showing 30 films over 10 days giving you the chance to experience a mix of classic movies and pre-release features as well as "hommages" to directors Michael Radford and Derek Jarman among others.


The Write Stuff by Bernice Clark

The Write Stuff 1I have to admit that I feel a bit of a fraud by writing this article on a keyboard after visiting the Musée du Scribe but were I to employ my handwriting no one would ever be any the wiser about this delightful little museum. My partner constantly tells me that he can’t decipher any note I write to him about, say, a phone call or domestic issue and that my writing alone could qualify me as a doctor!


An arlesian archbishop within Saint Trophime's by Janice Lert

arlesian archbishop within Saint Trophime s 2Visitors from all over the world are attracted to Saint Trophime’s church in Arles because of its magnificent 12th century Romanesque portal, one of the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Monuments in Arles. It tells us about Judgment Day and how the saints will allow us to overcome the lions of evil and become part of the procession going through the pearly gate.