French Theatre Student Matinees

IN ELASTIC MODE

What can we expect from theatre? What does it hold in store for us?

When I go to the theatre, I’m ready for ANYTHING. There aren’t many places where I get the feeling that anything, anything, anything can happen, can appear, can become—and in a way I couldn’t possibly imagine, much less predict.

~ Mélanie Dumont, Associate Artistic Director, Youth Programming

  1. 2 to 5 years

    Unravelling sadness

    If you have an immense sadness, tightly wrapped in a ball of wool, what does it take to unravel it? The basic props are obviously multicoloured ribbons, paper birds, a guitar, and sandwiches to be cut. And then there’s the essential one: a sister with whom to watch the clouds drift by, a sister who knows that spring will return.

    This gentle show for two endearing actresses whispers in our ears that time heals all wounds, even the deepest sorrows, because in the end, tears make the flowers grow!

    *Only 85 seats available!

  2. Ages 14+

    • Nov 29, 2018, 10:00am Sold out (French)
    • Nov 29, 2018, 12:30pm (French)
    • Nov 30, 2018, 10:00am Sold out (French)

    Welcome cake and eggshells !

    Some apartment neighbours are preparing a party to welcome a refugee family: cake, balloons, poems and good intentions. But chaos is waiting in the wings, and things are about to go terribly wrong. What is this elephant in the room?

    With bracing humour, incisive language and an inclusive cast (including a charismatic actor with an intellectual disability), theatre company Joe Jack and John forces us to turn out the pockets of our identity to discover the prejudices and crumbs of intolerance embedded within. Joyful, caustic, stunning!

    Performed in French with some passages in English

  3. Ages 6 to 9

    • Dec 12, 2018, 9:45am (French)
    • Dec 12, 2018, 12:30pm (French)
    • Dec 13, 2018, 9:45am Sold out (French)

    Modern-day fable for cat in pastry and super-cunning witches

    One script = two shows! That’s the crazy equation the intrepid Nini Bélanger and Pascal Brullemans have dared to attempt. Here’s the one-person version, with clever visual and sound effects and an ebullient actress playing all the parts. (How on earth does she play the ogre?) Then there’s the 4D version, with four high-spirited performers, cats on plasma screens, and lots of plot twists.


    In both cases, the story is the same: Little Witch loses her mother, and a greedy ogre promises to watch over her … until one day the pact is broken. A celebration of cunning and resilience, this theatrical adventure has all the hallmarks of a young audience classic. Wouldn’t it be great to see both versions?

  4. Ages 10 to 14

    • Dec 14, 2018, 9:45am Sold out (French)
    • Dec 14, 2018, 12:30pm (French)

    Modern-day fable for cat in pastry and super-cunning witches

    One script = two shows! That’s the crazy equation the intrepid Nini Bélanger and Pascal Brullemans have dared to attempt. Here’s the 4D version, for ages 10 and up, with four high-spirited performers, cats on plasma screens, and lots of plot twists.

    There’s also the one-person version, for ages 6 and up with clever visual and sound effects and an ebullient actress playing all the parts. (How on earth does she play the ogre?)


    In both cases, the story is the same: Little Witch loses her mother, and a greedy ogre promises to watch over her … until one day the pact is broken. A celebration of cunning and resilience, this theatrical adventure has all the hallmarks of a young audience classic. Wouldn’t it be great to see both versions?

  5. Ages 14 +

    • Written by

      William Shakespeare

    • French translation by

      Michelle Allen

    Acrobatic dreamers dizzy with desire

    A romantic romp in an enchanted forest on a midsummer night. Shakespeare at his most comical, imaginative and agile. A lively and energetic re-telling directed by Olivier Normand, featuring acrobats from the Flip FabriQue circus troupe.

    A jealous king, a flighty queen of the fairies, a quartet of lovers on the run, and a troupe of execrable actors cross paths in an enchanted kingdom, where mischievous Puck muddles thought and sparks passion with his love potion. From its Peter Pan-style prologue to its delightfully grotesque conclusion, Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy is dusted off, shaken out and invigorated by Olivier Normand, who uses the acrobatic skills of Flip FabriQue and the music of Josué Beaucage to set a wonderfully dreamlike mood.

  6. Ages 6 to 12

    • Feb 13, 2019, 9:45am (bilingual)
    • Feb 13, 2019, 12:30pm (bilingual)
    • Feb 14, 2019, 9:45am (bilingual)
    • Feb 15, 2019, 9:45am (bilingual)

    Warning: Jazz rhythms ahead!

    It’s raining notes. The trumpet is laughing, the piano is crying. Three laid-back virtuosos mix music like dough. Their instruments spout all the colours of the great Miles Davis, while hypnotic videos draw you into the mix. You may even be invited to jump on stage to become a conductor or beatboxer.

    This is the third visit from our Belgian friends Zonzo, after Slumberland and Listen to the Silence. Don’t give them a hard time for forgetting (again!) to pack boredom in their luggage!

    This show is part of the Big Bang Festival, two days of fun musicolourful experiments for the whole family, big and small ears alike. At the NAC, Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18, 2019 (full program to be announced).

    * Interactive musical show without words 

    Only 160 seats available!

  7. Ages 6 to 10

    • Apr 10, 2019, 9:45am (French)
    • Apr 10, 2019, 12:30pm (French)
    • Apr 11, 2019, 9:45am (French)
    • Apr 12, 2019, 9:45am (French)

    The grass is always bluer on the other side of the fence

    Marco meets Marco Bleu. He’s a mirror image of Marco, except he’s all blue. On his planet, it’s always a holiday; there are gift machines and a talking candy dispenser. Then, ding! ding!, the bell rings, and Marco has to choose: go back to his exhausted parents and the screaming baby, or stay forever in this fabulous place. A philosophico-spatial dilemma!

    The Théâtre de l’Œil’s amazing puppets embrace Larry Tremblay’s writing in this adaptation of the acclaimed children’s graphic novel Même pas vrai. Like the promise of a starry sky!

  8. Ages 6 to 10

    • May 29, 2019, 9:45am (French)
    • May 29, 2019, 12:30pm (French)
    • May 30, 2019, 9:45am (French)
    • May 30, 2019, 12:30pm (French)
    • May 31, 2019, 9:45am (French)
    • May 31, 2019, 12:30pm (French)

    Like galloping stories!

    Red horse, green horse, wooden horse, iron horse: you can have a thousand horses, but when all’s said and done, there’s none better than a horse of blue. A single one of his tears can become an ocean, a whale, a school of fish! With passion, a little girl tells us the horse stories her grandfather used to tell her, because even though his rocking chair is now still, something very precious remains.

    A hearing actress and a deaf actor perform this sublime theatrical score about memory and legacy, in a symbiotic fusion of the movement of language and the poetry of movement.

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