Christos Theodoridis - The Little Things Orchestra

​The Massacre at Paris
by Christopher Marlowe

One of the most successful performances of last year’s Festival, The Massacre at Paris by The Little Things Orchestra won over the audience thanks to its tight dramaturgy and rapid pace, doing justice to a difficult yet poignant play, one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood in Christopher Marlowe’s oeuvre. Following its adaptation of Hamlet, the Orchestra continues its exploration of Elizabethan theatre, opting for a play that breaks the dramatic rules of its time. The Massacre at Paris focuses on one of the bloodiest moments in history, the 1572 St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, when French Catholics massacred over 3,000 Huguenots (French Protestants). On a night like this, men can assume one of two roles: victim or victimizer. Building on the play’s fast-moving, almost cinematic pace, the Orchestra illustrates the poetics of action, with a focus on the endless cycle of violence through movement, music, and the use of chorus.