Theatre, Talk/Workshop

An Introduction to Object Theatre (Workshop)

Organised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Olivier Rannou, Compagnie Bakélite (France)
  • Date:
    2 Jun 2024
  • Time:
  • Duration:
    1hr 30mins
  • Venue:
    Esplanade Recital Studio Foyer
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  • Language:
  • Admission:
    Standard Ticket: $18
  • Advisory:
    Admission age: 18 and above.


Understand the evocative power of the ordinary object in storytelling through this workshop by Olivier Rannou, Artistic Director of Compagnie Bakélite, a leading object theatre company in France.

Strongly inspired by cinema, Rannou transforms materials and objects to create surprising scenography, informed by a dramaturgical perspective that gives prominence to adventure and comical situations.

Suitable for theatre practitioners, educators and anyone who is keen to discover Rannou's artistic universe, or to learn more about the Bakélite approach to object theatre. Participants are to bring two objects that inspire them to the workshop, which will be used in group exercises.

Olivier Rannou

Olivier Rannou is an artist, comedian and director whose journey began in 2000 at the Lillico Theater in Rennes. His passion for humour and "do-it-yourself" ethos led him to start the Bakélite company in 2005, where he embarked on making work focused on the playful and evocative force of the ordinary object. The company's inventiveness is displayed in the art of diversion, both of the object and of the cinematographic and literary genres from which Olivier likes to draw.

Olivier's acclaimed shows like Braquage and La Galère have been performed hundreds of times, showcasing his dark humour and precise dramaturgy. His artistic universe continually evolves, exploring new forms like installations and scenographic routes. Beyond his own creations, Olivier supports fellow artists in their endeavours and has emerged as a dynamic organiser, co-founding initiatives like the Jungle at Rheu and LaBo(s). His visionary leadership extends to orchestrating celebrated events like Panique au Parc at the Charleville-Mézières world festival. Olivier's boundless creativity promises even greater achievements on the horizon.

Compagnie Bakélite

Compagnie Bakélite was established in 2005 and is spearheaded by Olivier Rannou. A leading object theatre company in France, Bakélite crafts unforgettable, imaginative performances with humour and precision.

Bakélite has captivated audiences across France and beyond. Their shows, designed for all ages, promise a blend of childlike delight and subtle sophistication. Beyond productions, Bakélite fosters collaborative ventures and supports emerging artists.

An Introduction to Object Theatre (Workshop)