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Francophone Theatre Lecture

In this darkly comic drama, Corinne—driven, against her better judgment, by her maternal instinct—dares to knock at the main entrance of a small, run-down apartment block. Too bad the goldfish she brought as a housewarming gift has just frozen to death. She’ll have to try harder if she really wants to get a foothold in this strangely familiar, dreamlike world.

After Peau (2015) and Crème glacée (2017), Marie-Claire Marcotte returns to Zones Théâtrales with a family drama that’s both funny and mysterious.

Flush is presented with the collaboration of the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD).

Theatre artist Marie-Claire Marcotte has been recognized many times for her work as a playwright, actor and director. Over the years she has participated in writing residencies in France, Belgium and Canada. As an actor, she has appeared across Canada, including in Saskatoon, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, and here in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre. With her film company, She Said Films, she has created and produced web series and short films, including She Sings For Me, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Marie-Claire was in the cast of La Maculée, presented at the 2011 Zones Théâtrales, and an excerpt from Flush was presented at the 2015 Zones Théâtrales.

Staged reading at the Les Feuilles vives festival, Théâtre Action, 2018

Residency, Centre des Écritures Dramatiques Wallonie-Bruxelles (CED-WB), 2018

Creative lab, Centre de création, Théâtre français de Toronto, 2017

Staged readings of excerpts, Zones Théâtrales biennial, 2015

Residency, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Association des théâtres francophones du Canada, 2015

Playwright: Marie-Claire Marcotte © Tim Leyes


  • Written by Marie-Claire Marcotte
  • Produced by Théâtre français de Toronto, La Troupe du Jour, She Said Films
  • Dramaturgy consultants Marie-Ève Gagnon and David Paquet
  • With Marie-Ève Fontaine, Geneviève Langlois and Marie-Claire Marcotte
  • Direction Marie-Claire Marcotte and Rebecca Davey