Le syndrome de l'oiseau

le syndrome de l'oiseau theatre du petit saint-martin paris
Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin

Show ended

100% in French


Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin
17 rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris
Capacity 190 seats


1 h 20 min

No intermission


Classic Theatre

Recommended for ages 14 and up

In French

Highlights: Le syndrome de l'oiseau

Veteran playwright Pierre Tré-Hardy invites you to enjoy his scintillating psychological piece, Le syndrome de l’oiseau (The Bird Syndrome), upon the stage of the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin. The play introduces you to the reclusive life of Ève, a woman whose entire world exists within the parameters of four walls and a closed door - much like a caged bird. It is the contemptible character of Franck, played by Patrick d'Assumçao, that subjects Ève to this profound solitude; a dynamic that draws influence from the real-world case of Natasha Kampusch, a young Austrian woman who was kidnapped and held captive for eight years.


The immensely talented Sara Giraudeau not only embodies the character of Éve, but also takes on the role of director alongside Renaud Meyer. Together, they have managed to strike a delicate balance between realism and poetry, offering audiences a powerful viewing experience that will audiences are sure to remember. Le syndrome de l’oiseau goes further than fact in this stirring account, and plunges the audience into the depths of a harrowing ordeal with incredible sensitivity. A gripping exploration of the human soul that leaves a lasting impression…

Story: Le syndrome de l'oiseau

Le syndrome de l’oiseau at the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin marries fiction and fact by drawing inspiration from true-to-life events, such as the shocking story of Natasha Kampusch in 2006, but also the stories of other young women in Cleveland in 2013, as well as in Gizzeria in 2018. The play immerses us in these poignant stories, wherein the innate survival instinct is highlighted, and every member of the audience is reminded of their individual capacity to persist despite all odds.


Sensitively transposing these experiences onto the stage is a challenge which the directors meet with great delicacy, shifting the play between realism and poetry to preserve the strength of the subject and to avoid verging on trivialisation. In all, Le syndrome de l’oiseau achieves a skilful balance through its astounding theatrical depiction of detainment and hope.


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Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin

17 rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris

Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin

Located between the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin and the Théâtre de la Renaissance, the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin was created in 2007. The theatre occupies the former premises of the Paris International School of Mimodrama, which was founded in 1978 by Marcel Marceau, better known as Mime Marceau.
Although the theatre only has 190 seats, it has quickly distinguished itself thanks to its artistic vision, dedicated to contemporary theatrical creation. Artists such as Gregory Gadebois, Sami Bouajila and Audrey Dana have performed on the stage of this theatre, which continues to surprise Parisian audiences with its eclectic programme.


Fast facts
Capacity: 190
Handicap Accessible: No
Air conditioning: No
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: No


How do I get to Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin in the 10th arrondissement of Paris?

The Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin is accessible by:
Metro lines: Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin is accessible by the metro lines 4, 5, 8, 9, and 11, which run until the following metro stations Strasbourg Saint-Denis and République.
Bus lines: Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin is accessible by the bus lines 20, 38, 39, and 47, which run until the stations Arts et Métiers and Porte Saint-Denis.
In case of difficulty, our hotline can be reached during our business hours. Please see the footer of this page for our contact details.

What do I do when I get to the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin?

We invite you to arrive 45 minutes before the beginning of Le syndrome de l'oiseau, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

How long does the theatre piece, Le syndrome de l'oiseau, last?

Le syndrome de l’oiseau lasts approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, with no intermission.

Can I take photos during the performance of Le syndrome de l'oiseau?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of Le syndrome de l’oiseau. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin to remember your night out!

It says that this show is recommended for children ages 14 and over. What does that mean?

Some of the content of Le syndrome de l’oiseau may be uncomfortable for younger audiences, which is why we recommend it for children aged 14 and over.

It says that Le syndrome de l'oiseau is in French with no surtitles. Is it still accessible to English speakers?

Le syndrome de l’oiseau is more suited to a French-speaking audience because it is performed exclusively in French. If you feel like you have the level of French to follow along—discover French theatre through this lovely piece!

Is there a dress code at the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin?

There is no specific dress code at the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin, but proper attire is appreciated. Many Parisians will arrive directly from work, dressed in business casual or chic attire.

Is there a coat check available at the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin?

At the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin, there is no cloakroom.

Is tipping customary at the Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin in Paris?

Tips are not mandatory in many Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually appreciate a small tip of between €2 and €5, which you can give them when they’ve shown you to your seat.
Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire”, which literally translates to “to have a drink”.

If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?

Shows at the Théâtre du Petit saint-Martin start promptly at the indicated time. We recommend that you arrive early to avoid any inconvenience.

I bought tickets for Le syndrome de l'oiseau and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?

Yes, it’s completely normal! Your order will first be created as a pre-booking so that Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin can assign your seat. You may see a pre-payment on your card, but rest assured that we will not charge your card until your reservation has been validated by the Royal Opera of Versailles. Once the reservation is confirmed, you will receive your ticket by email.
Due to the large number of requests that Théâtre du Petit Saint-Martin has to manage, this process usually takes two business days, but can take up to six days maximum. After six days if your order has not been validated, it will be canceled, the pre-charge will disappear, and you will not be charged.

How do I know if my seats are next to each other?

Tickets of the same category that are booked during the same purchase session in the same booking order on our website are always assigned side by side. To be sure of this, make sure all of your tickets are in the same category and are included in your shopping cart at the time of purchase.