French Theatre Student Matinees


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. Ages 14 +

    • Written by

      William Shakespeare

    • French translation by

      Michelle Allen

    • Feb 15, 2019, 10:00am Sold out (French)

    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.

  2. Ages 6 to 12

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

  3. Ages 6 to 10

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

  4. 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.