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Jules Renard

JULES RENARD   (1864 - 1910)

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Accomplished novelist, journalist and essayist as well as playwright, Jules Renard turned several of his novels and stories into plays, including Poil de carotte (Carrot Head) a bittersweet story based on his own unhappy childhood, produced by the prestigious Comedie-franšaise as recently as the spring of 2011. This and his two one-act plays, Le Plaisir de rompre (1897) and Le Pain de menage (1898) both more sweet than bitter, constitute his main theatrical legacy.

Adaptation / Translations of Plays by Jules Renard


Colour of Grass, The

1st Produced:

Mermaid Theatre, Bray One-Act Festival, Co. Wicklow, EI

27 Jan 2012


Dalkey Players, County Dublin, EI

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Original Playwright - Jules Renard. Yearning, flirting and other realities of marriage portrayed with wit, candour and insight. The Colour of Grass is translated and adapted from Jules Renard's 1898 play, Le Pain de menage. The setting is clearly France, but with theme and characters of such continuing relevance I have used language that would not be out of place at any time in the 20th century. This 30-minute two-hander can be staged alone or as part of What The Heart Wants, the translator's comic trilogy on the theme of marital fidelity.


Late evening: Marthe and Pierre walk into the garden in mid-conversation, a bottle and two glasses in hand. "In all the time you've been married, you've never been with another woman?" she teases. Marthe's husband and Pierre's wife have retired early, leaving them to have the kind of intimate, playful conversation each has been longing for. They remind themselves how happily married they each are . . . aren't they?

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