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Le reste vous le connaissez par le cinéma is a rewriting of Euripides’ The Phoenician Women by British playwright Martin Crimp. A sprawling endeavour, this contemporary theatrical performance, translated here from English to Quebec French by Christian Lapointe, is especially relevant and biting.

Taking on in turn the looming questions of alternating power, dictatorship, patriarchy, the failure of rationalism, war as an extension of “democracy”, human trafficking, and the similarities (or inertia) between our era and the one that give birth to western thinking, this work tears down everything in its path with a ferocious playfulness that raises and revives the concept of critical thinking.


Carte Blanche produces decidedly contemporary theatre, whose scenic forms are anchored in the prism of visual, performance and multidisciplinary arts. Its mandate is to invite Quebec’s great theatres to take risks by creating innovative projects through co-productions.

Creative team

  • Written by Martin Crimp
  • Translated into Québécois and directed by Christian Lapointe
  • Adapted from The Phoenician Women by Euripides
  • Set design Jean Hazel
  • Lighting design Sonoyo Nishikawa
  • Video Lionel Arnould
  • Costumes Elen Ewing
  • Music Nicolas Basque
  • Props Claire Renaud
  • Dramaturg Andréane Roy
  • Assistant Director Emmanuelle Kirouac-Sanche
  • Technical Directors Matéo Thébaudeau and Alex Gendron
  • Production Manager Line Noël
  • Artistic Codirection Christian Lapointe, Ginette Noiseux and Brigitte Haentjens

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $140,000 enabled Carte Blanche to work with a larger cast, and facilitate a significantly longer development period that included a month-long residency in a fully equipped theatre.


A Carte Blanche production, co-produced by ESPACE GO and NAC French Theatre. Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.

Performance dates

Past performances

Previous Performances 

September 11 to October 6, 2018:  ESPACE GO (Montreal)

November 14 to 17, 2018:  Babs Asper Theatre (Ottawa) presented by NAC French Theatre

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