Published on 5 April 2022 - 10:33

From 11th April, the cast of “Bernadette of Lourdes” returns to the Espace Robert Hossein in Lourdes for the season. Eyma (Bernadette Soubirous) and David Ban (François Soubirous) share with us the impact that Lourdes has had on their lives.

“Lourdes helped me grow and changed my life”

I had the chance to get to know the city thanks to playing the role of “Bernadette Soubirous” in the musical “Bernadette of Lourdes”. I have had some of the best moments of my life there, met thousands of people whom I will never forget. The kindness and love that exists within this unique city has overwhelmed me. I remember the evening when I opened the procession of the Rosary pilgrimage. I didn’t realise that there would be 20,000 people there that night. I had to be on top of my game, but I felt really stressed… I closed my eyes, took a breath and raised my head… thousands of torches had just been lit. At that moment, time stopped. As I headed towards the Grotto to
perform the song “Madame”, the emotion was intense. Little girls were dressed as Bernadette, there were people of all ages, of all religions, from all over the world and I understood. I understood the importance and the blessings of Lourdes. It is a city of love, kindness and hope.


“I did not expect to be so touched by Lourdes and in particular to see so many young people getting involved with people in need.”

Having had a father in a wheelchair, I realise how isolating this can be for sick people and their families. Lourdes is a marvellous place of gathering, communion and contemplation. I was there to play the role of François Soubirous, Bernadette’s father in the musical “Bernadette of Lourdes” and I have never felt so much emotion in any of my previous shows. Lourdes, like the “Bernadette of Lourdes” musical, touches hearts!

“Bernadette of Lourdes” is the story of the fascinating and inspiring Marian apparitions to the young Bernadette Soubirous. After a first season in 2019, some members of the cast came together to perform a recital of the show in 2021 at the Saint Bernadette church in the Sanctuary.