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Based on the novel   by Édouard Louis

Pamela Carter adaptation

Translation of Jose Luis Collado

Édouard Louis and Eddy Bellegueule are the same person and they are not. To end Eddy is the story of a transformation, that of the peculiar boy who has to survive in the environment of violence, machismo, poverty, and homophobia in which he has the bad luck to be born. The sensitive and restless boy who must hide his true self to try to be accepted. The teenager who goes out of his way to look like a real man in order to avoid the fate of abuse and humiliation to which he seems condemned. But it is Édouard who, with stark and luminous honesty, tells us the story of Eddy, his suffering and his liberation when he finally manages to flee from that oppressive environment. Because the end of Eddy Bellegueule is the beginning of Édouard Louis, one of the most brilliant writers of his generation.


The disappearance of Gerardo Vera leaves us without the director of this work as planned. José Luis Arellano, Gerardo's pupil, will direct this play that we dedicate to the memory of one of the great Spanish theater directors of recent times. These are the notes that Gerardo left written:


Not since August by Tracy Letts have I been so impressed by a contemporary text.


Eddy is like a thick spit thrown violently against the well-thinking consciences of a society installed in a deep insensitivity towards the pain of others, in a despicable rejection of those who are different. This luminous text by Édouard Louis is impregnated with truth, pierced on all four sides by verbal and physical violence that gives you no respite. It is a desperate cry from an adolescent aware that for his family he is nothing more than a degraded being, a source of shame, repulsion, ignominy; a curse. Echoes of Genet and Koltès, the same violence, the same fragility and the same compassion towards the characters.


It's my first montage for LaJoven. It is exciting to meet them on stage after so many years of following their dazzling path of commitment to the youngest. Being close to David Peralto and José Luis Arellano makes me feel safe directing two very young actors, an unusual challenge in my career. I am very grateful for your trust. I am also in love with José Luis Collado who, once again, has hit the target again with a text in Spanish that gives me the same emotion that Èdouard Louis's novel did when I read it for the first time. Thanks also to the Teatro de La Abadía and Carlos Aladro, its director, for resolutely hosting such an exciting theatrical experience.       _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b_cf58d_

A tribute to Gerardo Vera




Abbey Theater
October-November 2021

Duration: 1h 30 min
Language: Spanish
Recommended from 12 years
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Gira nacional con el apoyo de:

The Company of To End Eddy

Listen to the music of the play!

Rehearsing To End Eddy Bellegueule at LaNave
(photos: Ilde Sandrin)



Julio Montanana Hidalgo

Raul Pulido Jorda

Pamela Carter, from the novel by Édouard Louis

Joseph Louis Collado


Jose Luis Arellano Garcia

Video scene and scenery
Alvaro Luna


Juanjo Llorens

Locker room
Ikerne Giménez and Lua Quiroga Paul

sound space

Alberto Granados

Stage movement consultancy

Andoni Larrabeiti

production management

Olga Reguilon Aguado


Technical direction

David Elcano Villanueva


Daniel Villar

assistant director

Paco Gamez

lighting assistant

Rodrigo Ortega

Scenography Assistant

Lua Quiroga Paul

Video scene assistant

Joel Brave Vasco

Wardrobe and tailoring assistant

Grace Collado Collado

Practices in video scene

Alba Rag

Management internship (Erasmus)

Christina Eleftheriadou

video scene camera

David Giron


Ilde Sandrin

Realization of scenery

MAY Services

sofa setting

Cristina Collado
Grace Collado Collado

Juan Carlos Rodriguez


Pigeon Rodrigo
Daniel Villar


Public management and administration

Philip's Dew


Maria Diaz
Laura Ginestar
Pedro Sanchez



IES Vicente Aleixandre (Pinto)
Oscar Reguilon Aguado
Margarita Aguado Godino
EDDY-G Foundation
Friends of LaJoven



Based on the book:
Copyright © 2014, Edouard Louis

All rights reserved
Published by Editions du Seuil in 2014

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