The Pastorale

The Souletin pastorale is the most elaborate form of outdoor popular Basque theatre.

Although the earliest manuscript only dates back as far as the 18th century, this played and sung genre, with very ancient scenery, is undoubtedly the heir of medieval theatres.

Pastorale "Xiberoko Jauna" (2008)
Pastorale "Xiberoko Jauna" (2008)

Since the 1950's, led by the great author and songwriter Etxahun-Iruri (Pierre Bordaçarre), the pastorale has undergone a renaissance, not so much in terms of form but rather the subjects dealt with which are based on historic Basque characters.