A man dreams that he’s Napoleon. The Napoleon of great and dangerous military journeys. But it is all a fantasy. This romanticism is only in his mind: his backside is firmly ensconced in an airplane seat and he has an inflatable cushion around his neck and a Canada Dry in hand. His name is Jean-Philippe Lehoux and he is flying to... Cayo Coco. We then understand he is not cut out for adventure at all. He is fearful, sickly, has trouble digesting ethnic food and always puts his foot in his mouth. He then describes his journey as a poor tourist: we find him in a Bosnian mayor’s office, dealing with grief for first time in Norway, experiencing humiliation in England and falling in love in Japan...
Through his memories, at times ridiculous and at others melancholy, he reveals, with no regard for propriety and with a great deal of humour, his fragility, his need for others, his inability to charm the ladies and his fear at seeing the world lose its mystique in the face of human stupidity. A musician friend accompanies him, because friendship is also at the heart of the tale of this traveller who can’t stop himself from leaving again.
A mix of stand-up comedy, socio-political reflections, songs and sometimes shameless confessions, Napoléon Voyage is autobiographical and feel-good theatre that stands out.
Director: Philippe Lambert and Jean-Philippe Lehoux Author: Jean-Philippe Lehoux Cast: Jean-Philippe Lehoux and Bertrand Lemoyne