• Written and performed by Marie-Joanne Boucher and Jean-Marc Dalphond
  • Directed by Marie-Josée Bastien and Dominic Champagne

The word “femicide” appeared in dictionaries in 2019, 30 years after a young man deliberately ended the lives of 14 female students at Polytechnique Montréal engineering school precisely because they were women. For no other reason.

Are there other words missing from our vocabulary to help us understand how hate is born and spreads? In this age of algorithms, misinformation and social media, what are the concepts that will help us identify and combat violence?

Actors and writers Jean-Marc Dalphond and Marie-Joanne Boucher leave no stone unturned in their investigation of the consequences of the femicide at the Polytechnique. Annabel Soutar and Alex Ivanovici provide dramaturgical support.


Founded in 2000 by Annabel Soutar and Alex Ivanovici, Porte Parole creates and produces documentary plays on challenging topics such as health, financial bubbles, hydroelectricity, globalization and immigration. Each of Porte Parole’s projects addresses current issues in a compelling, sometimes provocative way, and invites open civic dialogue.

Porte Parole’s work has been widely acclaimed for its creativity and its unique way of bringing complex documentary material to life.

Porte Parole has 16 plays to its credit: Rose et la machine, L’Assemblée – São Paulo, L’Assemblée – Munich, Tout inclus, L’Assemblée – Montréal, The Assembly – Montreal, J’aime Hydro, Fredy, The Watershed (Le partage des eaux), Seeds (Grains), Sexy béton, Import/Export, Montréal la blanche, Santé!, Novembre and 2000 questions.

Creative team

  • Written and performed by Marie-Joanne Boucher and Jean-Marc Dalphond
  • Directed by Marie-Josée Bastien and Dominic Champagne
  • Dramaturgy Annabel Soutar and Alex Ivanovici
  • Sets Marie-Renée Bourget Harvey
  • Music Ludovic Bonnier
  • Lighting Caroline Ross

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $140,000 supports a significantly longer period for documentary research, collaborative writing, and the scenic development of the project. In addition, the creative team will have the opportunity to explore the integration of live musicians, and possibly a choir, into the production.


Coproduced by Porte Parole, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and Diffusion Inter-Centres.

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre's National Creation Fund.

Performance dates

Past performances

Presented by Théâtre du Nouveau Monde Nov 14 - Dec 13, 2023 Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (Montreal)
Presented by Odyscène Jan 18 2024 Théâtre Lionel-Groulx (Sainte-Thérèse)
Presented by Albert-Rrousseau Hall Jan 23 2024 Albert-Rrousseau Hall (Québec)
Presented by Centre des arts de Shawinigan Jan 26 2024 Philippe-Filion du Centre des arts (Shawinigan)
Presented by SPEC du Haut-Richelieu Feb 3 2024 Théâtre des Deux Rives (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu)
Presented by Diffusion Saguenay Feb 8 2024 Théâtre C (Chicoutimmi)
Presented by Le Palace de Granby Feb 11 2024 Le Palace de Granby (Granby)
Presented by Centre culturel de l'Université de Sherbrooke Feb 13 2024 Salle Maurice-O'Bready (Sherbrooke)
Presented by Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault Feb 18 2024 Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault (Saint-Jérôme)
Presented by Société de développement culturel de Terrebonne (SODECT) Feb 20 2024 Salle Desjardins (Terrebonne)
Presented by Le Carré 150 Mar 13 2024 Salle Les-frères-Lemaire (Victoriaville)
Presented by Centre culturel Desjardins Mar 16 2024 Centre culturel Desjardins (Joliette)
Presented by Théâtre Hector-Charland Mar 19 2024 Théâtre Hector-Charland (L'Assomption)
Presented by [co]motion Apr 5 2024 Salle André-Mathieu (Laval)
Presented by Théâtre de la Ville Apr 10 2024 Salle Pratt & Whitney Canada (Longueuil)
Presented by Culture 3R Apr 23 - Apr 24, 2024 J.-Antonio-Thompson (Trois-Rivières)
Presented by Salle Odyssée Apr 26 - Apr 27, 2024 Salle Odyssée (Gatineau)
Presented by Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville Apr 30 2024 Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville