Contribute to the creation of the second part of the play "L'histoire terrible mais inachevée de Sihanouk Roi du Cambodge" (“The terrible though unfinished story of Sihanouk, King of Cambodia”) by Helene Cixous. The seven hour long play in Khmer language allows a difficult page of Cambodian history to be revisited on stage. A very emotional show with 30 young talented Cambodian artists.


The project






" L'histoire terrible mais inachevée de Sihanouk Roi du Cambodge" (The terrible though unfinished story of Sihanouk, King of Cambodia”) is a play by Helene Cixous written in 1985 that recounts contemporary Cambodian history starting from the country’s independence in 1953 until the collapse of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979. Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine at Vincenne Cartoucherie in 1985, this play has been adapted between 2007 and 2011 by Georges Bigot and Delphine Cotty with 30 Cambodian actors from Phare Ponleu Selpak.



The second part of the play is a joint effort between Phare Ponleu Selpak and le Théâtre du Soleil. It goes along a thorough translation and rewording work ensuring that the play is performed in Khmer language by Cambodian actors. These latter retrace their own history helping collective remembrance.

After four years of training in Battambang in Cambodia, the first part of the play was performed in France in winter 2011 at the Cartoucherie and Théâtre des Celestins as part of the festival Sens Interdit. The play encountered a great success and was welcomed both by the press and the audience.








From now on we are preparing the second period of the play which is to be performed in France in winter 2013. The full play will eventually be presented to the public.


Georges Bigot and Delphine Cottu will start the workshops for the second period in January/February 2013 in Cambodia.


The Cambodian actors are looking forward to greeting them!


Phare Ponleu Selpak organization, as co-productor of this second period, counts on your support for this ambitious and meaningful project.



Culturally yours!


As PPS is a public-interest organization, you will benefit from a 66% tax refund over your donations. Phare Ponleu Selpak France will send a fiscal receipt on request.





Why fund it?


Two creation and rehearsal workshops are scheduled in January/February and July/August 2013.

Georges Bigot and Delphine Cottu from le Théâtre du Soleil will oversee the actors for the creation works on PPS premises in Battambang.

75 days of work in Cambodia are scheduled with the 30 actors, musicians and technicians from Phare Ponleu Selpak.


The provisional budget for workshops in Cambodia is the following:


Actors meals                                     5625 euros


Outfits                                               10000 euros


Scenery                                              5000 euros


Per diem Cambodian actors          11250 euros


Total budget creation                     31875 euros


PPS benefited from the 10000 € prize from the EDF foundation for this project.

PPS contributes to funding up to 15000 euros drawn from its capital equity.


The money raised will help supporting the young artists during the rehearsals. 

Phare Ponleu Selpak

Depuis 1994 Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) réinsère des jeunes en grande précarité ( enfants en situation d'extrême pauvreté, victimes de trafic humain, enfants des rues, orphelins...) grâce à des formations artistiques. En harmonie avec une action sociale et éducative d'envergure, PPS offre des formations artistiques et culturelles dans les domaines des arts... See more

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J'ai le sentiment de donner un peu pour quelque chose qui en vaut la peine. Anne Théveniaud
l association DEPARTS organise des voyages solidaires au Cambodge. Nous avons à coeur de soutenir ce projet. Au cours de nos circuits au Cambodge, les voyageurs vont loger dans les familles des jeunes artistes à Battanbang. Un grand BRAVO pour vos actions !
La Maison de l'Indochine, en tant qu'agence de voyage, soutient avec enthousiasme ce projet qui s'inscrit dans les actions que nous encourageons à travers toutes les destinations proposées. Ces actions transposées en France également, trouvent un nouvel écho, un nouveau public. Pour en savoir plus sur nos voyages et nos actions culturelles :