Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show

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© Julie Charland

World Premiere

Canadian Premiere

NAC Premiere

Ottawa Premiere

NAC Co-production

  • Written by Jean Marc Dalpé, David Granger, Laura Lussier, Alexis Martin, Andrea Menard, Yvette Nolan, Gilles Poulin-Denis, Paula-Jean Prudat, Mansel Robinson and Kenneth T. Williams
  • Directed by Mani Soleymanlou

A flamboyant epic, constructed as a series of tableaux, about the struggles of the Métis in the Canadian West. A multilayered and entertaining saga with a rodeo vibe, loosely based on Buffalo Bill’s legendary outdoor travelling show.

In 1885, following the hanging of his friend Louis Riel, bison hunter Gabriel Dumont fled to the United States. There he was recruited by the legendary Buffalo Bill, founder of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, a gigantic outdoor travelling show that re-enacted life in the American West. It made a huge impression on Dumont, and he dreamed of putting together a similar show to tell the story of the struggle of Canada’s Métis to reclaim their rights. The creative team behind Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show brings Dumont’s dream to life in a captivating, joyously anachronistic saga.

“My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them back their spirit.”
Louis Riel


  • With Charles Bender
  • Jean Marc Dalpé
  • Katrine Deniset
  • Gabriel Gosselin
  • Alexis Martin
  • Émilie Monnet
  • Krystle Pederson
  • Chancz Perry
  • Dominique Pétin
  • Andrina Turenne
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17 Oct

18 Oct

  • 7:30 PM

19 Oct

  • 7:30 PM

20 Oct

  • 7:30 PM

21 Oct

  • 7:30 PM

22 Oct

Assistant director: Jean Gaudreau
Dramaturg: Maureen Labonté
Sets: David Granger
Lighting: Erwann Bernard
Music: Benoît Morier and Olaf Gundel
Video: Silent Partners
Costumes: Jeff Chief
Props: Madeleine Saint-Jacques
Stage manager: Elaine Normandeau

Coproduced by: NAC French Theatre (Ottawa), Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental (Montréal), Théâtre Cercle Molière (Winnipeg) and La Troupe du Jour (Saskatoon)
Executive producer: NAC French Theatre
Creative partner: Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (Montréal)


This production was made possible through the generosity of donors to the NAC Foundation’s Creation Campaign, such as Donald T. Walcot, who believe in the importance of investing in new work by Canadian creators.


This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the ArtsNew Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Canada Council for the Arts - New Chapter