by Pascal Brullemans translated by Alexis Diamond
featuring Bria McLaughlin, Lucy Hill, Jeff Yung, and Martin Julien
Prepared by Lynda Hill
Theatre Direct thanks The Canada Council for the Arts for the support provided to Alexis Diamond.
Sunday, October 16 at 4pm
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Stories have a bad habit of starting out long before we arrive on the scene. That’s the case for Amaryllis, who has to resolve the problems facing the ghost of her older sister Fey, captive of the Ribbon Tree. Thus starts an epic that will lead the two children to other side of night. A fantastical tale flavoured with whimsy and wit, the play explores the theme of grief through the eyes of a child. It is also a story of resilience. How do we become heroic? Is it through our strengths or our weaknesses? Is it due to the goals we set ourselves, or through the obstacles we have to overcome? In the beginning, nothing seems to suggest that Amaryllis would make for a good heroine. She has a rotten personality, doesn’t listen and skips school. If we were to believe her father, we would think that she’s the complete opposite of her older sister, tragically struck down by illness. This perception, distorted and exaggerated by grief, casts a long shadow over Amaryllis’ life, leading her to take impulsive but necessary action in order to change the course of destiny.
About Pascal Brullemans
The work of Pascal Brullemans examines the intersection of theatre and live performance. He has travelled with his creations to collaborate with numerous directors in countries such as France, Germany, Belgium and Mexico. In 2002, his adaptation of La dame aux camélias was named best regional production by the Académie québécoise du théâtre. In 2005, original creation Hippocampe earned the Montreal Critics’ Choice Award. Brulleman’s play Beauté, Chaleur et Mort won the Carte prem1ère prize for best show in 2011. It will be remounted at National Arts Centre in Ottawa, then at the Carrefour international de théâtre festival in Quebec City. After an initial foray into producing for young audiences with L’armoire, Brullemans is reaching out to an adolescent public with his plays Isberg (finalist at Jugendtheater 2012), and Monstres (created in France, in 2012). His creation Vipérine, winner at Lyon Playwrights’ Days, concludes a cycle on grief and childhood.
About Alexis Diamond
Alexis Diamond is a Montreal-based playwright, librettist and translator. This year, Alexis won a Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac to complete her translation of Pascal Brullemans’ Vipérine and an Individual Artist residency at the international Saari Residence, Finland, to write a new play. Alexis has translated Pascale St-Onge’s play Tarmac [Runway] for the National Theatre School of Canada and contributed to translations for Toruk: The First Flight, the latest touring show by Cirque du Soleil, with texts by Olivier Kemeid, and direction by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon; and the bilingual pan-Canadian event the Wild West Show, led by Jean-Marc Dalpé and Alexis Martin, along with translator Maureen Labonté. Alexis won the 2013 Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal’s 2013 Cole Foundation Translation Competition for her translation of Marie-Claude Verdier’s play Je n’y suis plus [I’m Not Here], which was produced at the 2015 Voila! Festival in the UK (director Courtney Larkin), received a staged reading in Vancouver at BoucheWHACKED’s Ta Gueule Workshop and Reading Series in May 2016 (director Heidi Taylor) and a production by Composite Theatre Co. at the 2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival (director Jen Quinn). Her one-act play Angel’s Share (director Amanda Kellock) won the Segal Centre Award for most promising ensemble at the 2013 Montreal Fringe Festival. Her one-act opera The Perfect Screw (composer Abigail Richardson) was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2009. Get Stuffed!, an opera for young audiences (composer Richard Payne), was seen by over 15,000 Ontario students in 2009–10. Her play Strange Land won the 2008 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Competition. Alexis received an IPOLC grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage to develop Ride, a musical for children (composer Nick Carpenter, percussionist Kristie Ibrahim). Alexis is co-founder of the ad hoc collective Composite Theatre Co.
Canada Council for the Arts
The translation has also received support from:
The Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac
Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal