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Avant l’archipel

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NAC Presentation

Ages 12 and up
Two delightfully energetic performers bring to life two quirky characters who are about to discover the baffling, bewildering and beautiful things that happen when romance is in the air. A whimsical tale of first love in all its unpredictable glory!


Two delightfully energetic performers bring to life two quirky characters who are about to discover the baffling, bewildering and beautiful things that happen when L-O-V-E is in the air. On a jagged peninsula, Lénaïque la Magnifique tends her orchard of dragon fruit. One Sunday just like any other, she goes to market to sell her precious harvest. And there, among the colourful stalls, she meets Brévalaire Spectaculaire, who knits allegories into toques. And then … and then … Well, you’ll just have to come and see what happens next!

One of the many remarkable things about Avant l’archipel (the French-language version of the award-winning Countries Shaped Like Stars, by Canadian playwright Emily Pearlman) is the vivid, evocative language. Pearlman’s stellar writing constructs a playful and poetic narrative, skilfully directed by Joël Beddows. Lined up along both sides of a performance area strewn with a miscellany of things, the audience is invited to help tell the story of Lénaïque and Brévalaire by taking part in all kinds of games suggested by the actors. Through a lively combination of dialogue, songs and improvisation, Danielle Le Saux-Farmer and André Robillard draw us into this whimsical tale of first love in all its unpredictable glory.

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