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The French Revolution is in full swing. The country is paralysed by an economic crisis, fear, xenophobia and increasing bouts of violence. In the theatre, a group of parliamentarians convene to debate the bedrock of their new society: democracy. Making his Dutch debut at the Holland Festival, the French director Joël Pommerat is known in his native country for his gripping, topical theatre productions. In Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis, his crowning achievement so far, Pommerat explores how the French Revolution laid the foundations for the modern Europe. Making its history as relevant and urgent as the politics and revolutions of our own time, he turns political theatre into meaningful drama.