Coming in like a cat, she dodges the stools on which her guests are seating. «I asked myself: what shall I wear? » she’s dressed in a black babydoll and nylon stockings. Claude Degliame alias Aglae has been working with Jean-Michel Ribes since 1974 and in 2017 has the body of a goddess.

Aglae is a non-fictional character. Director Jean-Michel Rabeux met her in Marseille when she was 70 ans. On stage he gives her the urchin-like voice of his favourite actress – and we thank him for this.

Claude Degliame is Aglae "happy whore, unhappy mother"
Claude Degliame is Aglae “happy whore, unhappy mother”

What’s it like to be a whore? What’s it like to be a whore and a woman? What’s it like to be a whore and a mother? « I wasn’t excited; I was curious » from the first hand jobs given to her brother when she was 10 to her« luxury hooker » days, Aglae works through her own lifetime.

Claude Degliame tackles with elegance, bravery and no fake innocence the misconceptions and judgements around prostitution. « A whore is not a bitch, fuck! ». Should prostitution be legalized? Yes, for God’s sake! To protect the girls and because they are «sex’s nurses».

« Do I ask that one from the government how she fucks? No! So leave me alone with the Law».


L’amour, y’en a plein de sortes / Aglaé par WebTV_du_Rond-Point

Aglae, with Claude Degliame. By Jean-Michel Rabeux with the words of Aglae
At the Rond-Point theatre, January 4th to 29th 2017
On tour at the Bateau Feu – Dunkerque, France, on May 4th and May 5th 2017
Illustration © Araso