1984, 1985

1984 - Torouze

Emmanuel Genvrin

First performed on April 24th 1984 at the Grand Marché, Saint Denis. Written, directed and music by : Emmanuel Genvrin Sets : Déborah Roubane and Pierre-Louis Rivière

"At Etang Salé I’d heard the following story : a "Creole lady" who was sleeping with her chauffeur, and who was murdered by her children. Witnesses had mysteriously died. Family dramas and curses are widespread on Reunion, and witchcraft is a real scourge. There was a sedan chair, a grandma Kal, a Malabar ’Jako’ (on stage for the first time in Reunion) and large frescos painted in the style of Douanier Rousseau. Arnaud Dormeuil, who had a small role as the chauffeur of the red car, stole the show. It was to happen often !" [E. Genvrin]

The play

On an overseas island, at the start of the automobile era, two sons murder their mother using witchcraft and tropical mythology.

vidéo Torouze - Grand Marché de Saint Denis 1984 - durée 2 mn -

what the press think

"Torouze has that marvellous taste of childhood, when we listened to bedtime stories about Grandma Kal."
Brigitte Fontaine [Visu]

"It must be said that this young company […] knows how to create, to adapt a repertoire from Reunion’s depths, and renew itself »
[Témoignages newspaper]

"How difficult to resist the enthusiasm of this young company from Reunion Island. A colourful and good-natured show, ending in a enthusiastic atmosphere. Very accomplished, these multi-talented people ! The company attains a level of gaiety and colour rarely equalled. This is a topsy-turvy theatre, generous and tender."
[Le Quotidien du Médecin]

"Everything is very well conducted, intelligently constructed. The staging is interesting, and as for the actors their energy is communicative."
[Le Populaire du Centre]

press articles

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Le Populaire du Centre, nov 84
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Le Parisien, octo 1984
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Le Quotidien du Medecin, octo 1984
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Tatou (Agnès Antoir), 1984, itv E.Genvrin


First performed on April 24th 1984 and performed at the Grand Marché, Saint Denis from April to September, revived from April to July 1985 then at Le Port and Sainte Marie. On tour at Limoges and at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in October. 46 performances, total audience 6 100.


  • Marette : Pierre-Louis Rivière
  • Mako : Chamsiddine Benali (Sham’s), Jean-Luc Trulès
  • Ti Zom : Arnaud Dormeuil
  • Prospère : Françoise Jean-Jacques, Rachel Pothin
  • Hermann : Olivier Mayolle
  • Argus : Emmanuel Genvrin
  • Eudora : Augustine Touzet, Nicole Angama
  • And : Frédérique Cheynet, Nicole Leichnig,, Gérard Vidal.



  • Hélène Corré, Daniel Klein, équipe de l’Omj de Saint-Denis


  • Boby Antoir, Nathalie Manciet, Jean-Marie Hubert
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