Thursday, 22nd February 2018
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008
One Day I’ll Go To Compostela
Marie Celine Lachaud

Hill Street Theatre
19 Hill Street
Edinburgh EH2 3JP

0131 226 6522

Date: Aug 1 – 25
Time: 14:00 (1hr 10mins)
Aug. 3, 9 – 10, 16 –17, 23 – 24: £10.00 (£8.00)(£7.00 U)
Aug. 4 – 8, 11 –15, 18 – 22, 25: £9.00 (£7.00)(£6.00 U)

What drives a French woman to change plans from hiking in the South of France to following an elderly Englishman on a pilgrimage. A funny tale full of unexpected and moving revelations.


“A good piece that outshines any star”,
le Parisien

One Day...

What drives a French woman to switch from hiking in the South of France to following an elderly Englishman on a pilgrimage?

This amusing tale, full of unexpected and touching revelations, is written and performed by Marie Céline Lachaud. Originally created for the Avignon Fringe Festival, where it proved a big hit, she has since performed it more than 200 times in France, most recently at the Théâtre de la Huchette in Paris.

The English version is premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008.

“A biting, ironic, and moving narration, a poetic and funny character”, Charlie Hebdo

“A riveting and hilarious adventure”, Pariscope

“A good piece that outshines any star”, LeParisien

Marie Celine Lachaud

Marie Céline Lachaud is an author of dramatic and musical theatre, a performer, and a Grand Prix winner at the Académie Charles Cros. For twelve years, she directed Mikado,a musical theatre company, in Bordeaux, which brought together teams of artists from across Europe. These included Oscar Sisto, Thomas de Mallet Burgess, Nicholas Skilbeck and Pierre–André Athané.

She wrote a number of works reaching large audiences in France, England, and Canada. Among her recent works are Chansons Devinettes a collection of songs for children and a musical Quand la guerre sera finie shortly to be produced in the USA.

She created Un jour j’irai à Compostelle for the Avignon Fringe Festival. Since then, she has performed it over 200 times in France, and most recently at the Théâtre de la Huchette in Paris. The English version is performed at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where Marie Céline Lachaud appears at Hill Street Studio from August 1st to 25th.

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The Story
‘... of a woman who went for all the times she didn’t go’

While answering a questionnaire about Compostela, a French woman recalls her previous journey there. She followed Jack, an elderly Yorkshireman whom she’d met by chance while on holiday. He was doing the pilgrimage. The first thing he confided her was his button problem: the one holding up his shorts. Although old enough to be her father... he wasn’t. And when he told her “I love you,” her feet hurt.

Later, upon discovering he had been a judge, she almost ran away. Her daughter was about to get married. Would she get to the wedding in time? Should she bring Jack along, too? And what have a psychoanalyst and a fairy tale cloak got to do with this story? In any case, one thing is sure, this journey on foot turned out expensive because of the planes.

“A ‘UTO’, an unidentified theatrical object . Voila! Maybe this is the exact way to describe One day I’ll go to Compostela. At times colloquial, at times perceptive and gripping, this contemporary tale takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster. With this work, Marie Céline Lachaud has found her own original voice.”

Louis Paul Astraud (Magazine l’Internaute)

I didn’t tell anyone in my family that I was going on this journey. Heaven knows how my mother got wind I was leaving. I’ve no idea. Anyway, the night before I left, she phones me:
“Apparently you're off travelling?”
“Err Yes...”
“Where to?”
“On a trip, mum.”
She isn’t satisfied. “So why don’t you want to tell me where you're going?”
“Because I don’t want to. That’s all.” She isn’t pleased. At two o’clock in the morning, she phones me again. “So, I’ve been thinking...”
When my mother starts a sentence with “So, I’ve been thinking” I’m always suspicious of what's coming next.
“So, I’ve been thinking. If you don’t want to tell me where you’re going, it’s because you’re going to do something bad.” I could’ve throttled her right then and there.
“Well, it must be something bad, otherwise you would’ve told me. "
Her logic is watertight. No use arguing. I’m condemned in advance.
“By Golly mum, you’ve hit the nail right on the head. I can’t keep it to myself any longer. I’m going to sell my body on the streets of Buenos Aires to help pay my taxes .” She hung up on me.

Marie Celine Lachaud

Following the Edinburgh Fringe, the show will be performed at the Coldingham fringe on August 27 (where it has already sold out) and will continue to tour in France with a new performer. It is to be translated into Spanish to tour there in 2010.

I’d love to hear from you and your thoughts if you saw the play.


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One Day I’ll Go To Compostela
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