Roy Hart Theatre’s dream when it came to Malérargues in 1974 was to create a living theatre of reflection, research, creation and recreation ‘away from the world’. The world has changed so much since that time and on many levels our revolution of the extended human voice has succeeded. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the alienation of the individual from soul, and art from life. Healing that gap is still the centre of the work and the inspiration of the theatre at Malérargues.
Where there once was a tightly-knit hermetic theatre of 47 persons, Malérargues now is a centre and constellation point for a worldwide association of thousands, interested in furthering the heritage of that theatre. Especially active with workshops and performances during the summer months, the whole year is alive with rehearsal, workshops, open classes, member residences for creation and study. The dream is still alive and well.
Accommodation at Malérargues
Students are lodged in simple but comfortable shared rooms (called gîtes) with two, three or four beds with bathrooms (showers) and two equipped kitchens. Sheets and blankets are provided.
Please fill in the accompanying enrollment form and include a cheque for the total.
Price: 20 euros per night, 25 euros (if heating is needed)
1) we do not make or take reservations for participants lodging outside the Centre,
2) we do not have single, private rooms.
For residencies and longer stays it may be possible to rent appartments in the Château – these too also get booked early for the summer.
Find some pictures of Malérargues here >>
There is also a private residential flat in the château available to rent – with a piano, for a couple. If you are interested, please click here >>
GUEST HOUSING AND APPARTMENTS
La Salindre / Soudorgues (8 km from the Center)
Tansen R. Mundt, Maria Bernhold, Tel. (+33) 4 66 85 23 51 / www.lasalindre.eu
Le Mas de Prades / (2 km from the Center)
Patrick and Sophie Auvray, Tel. (+33) 4 66 85 09 00 / (+33) 6 20 72 28 31 (with swimming pool) / www.masdeprades.com
Les Jardins de Valaurie / Anduze (12 km from the Center)
Tel. (+33) 4 66 61 62 85 / www.lesjardinsdevalaurie.fr
Gîte rural Calviac / (3 km from the Center)
Mr Jacques SOULIER Tel : (+33) 4 66 85 12 48 / 06 77 79 59 11
Des fées et des geste(s) / Attuech (15 km from the Center)
Clémence ALDEBERT, Claude GESTE. Tél : 04 66 60 35 20 / www.gite-anduze-gard.fr
“Au Ruisseau de Rose’ (Chambres d’hôtes) St Jean du Gard (10 km from the Center)
Tel : (+33) 4 66 54 51 07 or www.ruisseauderose.fr
La ferme ‘Le Martinet’ (Chambres d’hôtes) Thoiras (3 km from the Center)
Tel : (+33) 6 07 54 61 57 or www.masdumartinet.fr
‘La Cure’ Gite d’étape/ Lasalle (5 km from the Center)
Tel : (+33) 6 30 47 82 62
Filament (2 km)
Tél: (+33) 4 66 85 20 52
La Salendrinque (Lasalle 4 km)
Tél: (+33) 4 66 85 24 57 / fax (+33) 4 66 85 41 50
Le Campement (3 km) Calviac
Tél. (+33) 4 66 85 13 58 Email : e-mail
Les Hauts de Labahou, RD907, 30140 Anduze
Tél : (+33) 04 66 61 77 90 / 06 03 93 38 88
Le Mas de l’Eglise (camping à la ferme) – Corbès – 30140 Anduze
Tél : (+33) 04 66 61 80 80
Check before coming
English and French are spoken at Malérargues and some Italian, Spanish, and German. However, it is a good idea to know some basic French phrases when traveling in this area of France, though the local people are quite accommodating to outsiders trying to make themselves understood in French.
Malérargues has a wireless internet connection, which you may connect to for free during your stay. You need a laptop with the ability to connect to a wifi system. Please learn how to connect your laptop to wifi before you come as the office staff are often too busy to give a lot of help with this, especially in summer.
Malérargues has no public pay telephone. Cell phones do not have reception on the site, except those using the Orange network. The office phone can be used by students only in emergencies.
Food Shopping and Markets
There are no food shops at Malérargues. So, if you are staying at Malérargues, please bring food (or eat before you arrive) for the evening and / or breakfast on your first day. In the south of France, lunch time is real. Most shops and services are closed from 12 to 2 or 3pm for lunch. Most shops are open every day until 7pm (except Wednesdays and Sundays), and some close at noon on Saturday:
Intermarché is the nearest supermarket (on the way from Anduze to Malérargues) with good fresh fish, and it has a bakery. They are open on Sunday morning until midday and they also sell petrol.
SuperU in Anduze is also an another supermarket, has better meat than Intermarché, and also has a bakery. They sell petrol, and are open all day on Friday and Saturday, but closed on Sundays. Utile in Lasalle is a smaller grocery, which offers great service, the family that runs it is friendly, and they often have good local produce. They are open Sunday mornings.
Terroir des Cévennes sells local produce in Thoiras, about 5 minutes by car from Malérargues. Here you can buy best quality cheeses, wines, bread, meat, spices and fruits and vegetables produced in the area. They also sell locally produced art and handicrafts; a great place to buy gifts. Open on Sundays but closed for lunch hours (1 to 3pm).
Dietétique au Bien-être in Anduze is a near health-food store.
There is a Market in Lasalle every Monday morning until noon and in Anduze on Thursday.
French food is rightly considered one of the great cuisines of the world. Near Malérargues there are several restaurants where you can find out why this is – and at a reasonable price.
La Ballade Gourmande: Soudorgues. The Michelin Guide says: Situé au milieu de nulle part, à 500 m d’altitude, ce restaurant tenu par une chef autodidacte ne désemplit pas. L’équation gagnante ? Des produits de saison, de la générosité, une jolie salle voûtée en pierre… le tout pour un rapport qualité-prix imbattable. Et pour les amateurs, deux boulodromes. Réservez !
Tel. (+33) 4 66 85 43 94
Le Moulin de Corbes: ‘creative, modern cuisine’ right by the river.
Tel: (+33) 4 66 61 61 83
la Fleur de Thym: Cuisine Moderne, Créative; Gastronomique; Végétarien; Végétalien. Ribaute les Tavernes.
Tel. (+33) 4 66 60 63 08
Le Riche: Excellent genuinely French restaurant with original art nouveau decor and good value in the nearby town of Alès.
Tel. (+33) 4 66 86 00 33
Les 3 Barbus: Générargues. Perched on the side of a cliff overlooking a river gorge, traversed by the steam train bridge. You can also use their swimming pool if you come there for lunch in the summer.
Tel. (+33) 4 66 61 72 12
Auberge de Valestalière: in the old village school house, you can almost imagine that you can see the sea from the terrace.
Tel. (+33) 4 6685 45 79
La Grange de Labahou: Good food, a good selection of regional wines for reasonable prices.
Tel. (+33) 4 66 61 98 25
CVN pizza: Parked opposite the garage in Lasalle Thursday to Sunday evenings.
Tel. 06 85 29 06 51
The nearest one is in Lasalle.
General medecine: Irène Lafont de Cazenove in Lasalle (opposite post office). Tél. (+33) 4 66 85 47 75 ; Christian Flaissier (Lasalle) Tél. (+33) 4 66 85 20 98
Dentists : Mercier Jean Pierre (Anduze) Tél : (+33) 4 66 61 70 03
Mr Thérond-Flavier Tél : (+33) 4 66 85 21 84
TAXI ALES : Tél : (+33) 4 66 52 39 39 ou 06 12 10 98 98
GIE-ABC / ALES TAXI : Tél : (+33) 4 66 52 90 09
Malérargues is situated 4 km from the village of Lasalle and 12 km from Anduze in the Cévennes mountains in the south of France. There is public transport from Nîmes (twice a day and once on Sundays and holidays). A rented car is very usefull. If you use public transport, follow these three steps.
1. First, get to Nîmes. By Plane: The nearest international airports are Montpellier Meditéranné and Nîmes/Arles. Both have connexions to Nîmes train station. Try Ryan Air for inexpensive tickets, even if you have to fly via London. By Bus: This way is often cheaper and sometimes faster than by train or air, and there is a good bus station in Nîmes behind the train station. Go to: www.eurolines.com or www.linebus.com By Train: Go to: www.sncf.com for tickets and booking information or www.idtgv.com for the most inexpensive tickets from Paris. There are also good rail connexions to Alès from Nîmes.
2. Then, get to Thoiras. Take the bus to St Jean du Gard from Nîmes or Alès. Ask to get off at the ancienne Gare de Thoiras. Timetables are available on the site: www.edgard-transport.fr Tel. (+33) 4 66 85 30 28 or (+33) 4 66 30 24 86. If you miss the bus in Nîmes, take the bus or train to Alès, and then take a bus to Thoiras or taxi to Malérargues or arrange a pickup (see step 3).
3. And last, to get to Malérargues. There are two options. Pick-up by car: Usually available if you are in Thoiras or, exceptionally, if you are in Alès (and for a fee to help pay for gas). Please contact the Centre office in advance (tel. +33 4 66 85 45 98).
Go for a walk in the beautiful mountains. There are trails throughout the Cévennes and all around Malérargues.
Drink and eat well. This is France.
Most towns are ready for tourists, and there are many shops to visit and events to attend especially in the summer. Check in the office for forthcoming events. There are quite a few museums and historical sites in the area as well as the oldest synagogue in Western Europe in Sauve.
Set aside time to visit Nîmes and Montpellier. The south of France has some of the best Roman remains in Europe, and some, like the arena in Nîmes, are still in use.
And remember that the Mediterranean is less than an hour and a half away. The coast here is rather undiscovered compared to other parts of France.
You can go horseback riding near Malérargues.
The Centre also offers the possibility to exchange work for teaching and lodging for those interested in a longer engagement with the life and work of Roy Hart and the Centre. Experience tells us that internships are most creative when the work on both sides of the exchange is serious and committed. Preference is given to candidates who have experience in the Roy Hart approach and who have already visited Malérargues. Applications to Anita Roksvag via the CAIRH Office.
Board of directors
The Roy Hart International Arts Centre is a non-profit, non subsidised association, so your contributions are very welcome. You can donate directly to the Centre here.
Current projects open to donations include: Purchase of a concert standard piano; the Theatre Archives; new seating for the Magnanerie theatre and fruit trees for the gardens of Malérargues. If you have a particular wish for a new donation project, please feel free to propose it and your donation will be its first seed.