A girl, a chair, and let the show begin. Rendez-vous gare de l’Est is a monologue written and staged by French playwright Guillaume Vincent. Outstanding actress Emilie Incerti Formentini has been playing this bipolar lady since 2012, when the show premiered at Comédie de Reims.

It’s all in the acting. This life hoping from one internment at Saint-Anne, (Paris’ renowned psychiatric hospital) to the next, the handfuls of lithium, the husband, the (literally) crazy love, the eleven square metres flat with its bathroom in the corridor.

Emily has both a sharp sens of humour and a tenacious morale. The problem with crazy people is they have those moments of rare intelligence, of supreme lucidity which makes them fascinating.

We just love this girl for walking us through a short hour of intelligence, delicacy and joy.

Rendez-vous gare de l’Est, au Théâtre du Rond-Point

Du 31 Mai au 26 Juin

Illustration © Araso