French Theatre Student Matinees

“Immersed in planning this new season, eagerly anticipating our return home after a year on the move, I hoped that our theatre would shine bright, like a beacon in the distance; that here in the city, amid the busy streets and bustling crowds, it would be a central point, a place to pause and gather strength and courage, warmth and momentum.”

~ Mélanie Dumont, Associate Artistic Director, Youth Programming

  1. Play
    • Oct 25, 2017, 9:30am Sold out (French)
    • Oct 25, 2017, 11:00am (French)
    • Oct 26, 2017, 9:30am (French)
    • Oct 27, 2017, 9:30am (French)

    Only 70 seats!

    Bear cub searches for a Papa Bear

    The storyteller and her guitar-playing friend welcome the audience into a warm and cozy milieu, and when everyone has settled in, the story begins. It’s the tale of a gruff and solitary bear, and an irritating little fly that buzzes around him... One day, our furry hero has a dream: a pure white bear cub is calling to him. It’s the start of a journey under vast northern skies.

    Adapted from a children’s book by author Jasmine Dubé and illustrator Jean-Luc Trudel, this cuddly show reminds us that love changes everything, and that it sometimes comes in unexpected shapes and colours.

    Ages 3 to 6

    • Written by

      Jasmine Dubé

    • Directed by

      Jasmine Dubé and Jean-François Guilbault

    • With

      Jasmine Dubé and Pablo Bonacina

  2. Play
    • Nov 22, 2017, 9:45am (French)
    • Nov 22, 2017, 12:45pm (French)
    • Nov 23, 2017, 9:45am (French)
    • Nov 24, 2017, 9:45am (French)

    A little bit of humanity to take home

    Nour takes us through the perilous crossing that has brought her here, drawn by the promise of a better place to live. She recalls the dangers of the voyage, and most of all the pain of separation: how can she bear to leave Youmna, the deaf woman who loves her like a daughter? The young girl tears herself away, taking nothing with her but a mysterious little box.

    On stage, one actress relates in words and another in sign language this touching and disturbing quest that reflects a very current reality. Like Nour, half the world’s migrants are children.

    In your classroom: Book a visit by creative artists

    Ages 9 to 14

  3. Play
    • Dec 7, 2017, 12:30pm (French)

    An intimate and lyrical opera–tango. A thriller set in the universe of Borges, where stories and songs overlap and mingle in the caustic, enveloping atmosphere of magic realism so beloved in Argentinian culture.

    Buenos Aires, 1941. A poet has barely started his job as concierge of the forbidden library when he is incarcerated by Inspector Barracuda. In a sordid setting, to the sinister strains of the milonga, he realizes that his captor is a character from one of his own seditious tangos. In the capable hands of Brigitte Haentjens, Denis Plante and Sébastien Ricard, the narrative, a fluid blend of reality and fantasy, is transformed into a stunning show that is both poetic and political.

    Ages 14+

    • Text and music by

      Denis Plante

    • Directed by

      Brigitte Haentjens and Sébastien Ricard

    • With

      Sébastien Ricard

  4. Play
    • Dec 13, 2017, 9:45am (French)
    • Dec 13, 2017, 12:45pm (French)
    • Dec 14, 2017, 9:45am Sold out (French)
    • Dec 15, 2017, 9:45am (French)

    Egg on the loose!

    An egg. Fallen from the nest. She and He will find the most absurd and complicated way to put it back: they’ll have to invent some kind of machine. But what kind of egg is it? Hard to say: it’s making strange noises, and it keeps changing shape and colour. As the story unfolds, we meet some unusual creatures: a depressed turkey, two gentlemen porcupines, and even a whale that lives on land! A joyous imaginary bestiary dreamed up by three ingenious authors.

    What kind of egg is it again?
    An egg of endless possibilities, that’s for sure.

  5. Play
    • Feb 7, 2018, 9:45am (French)
    • Feb 7, 2018, 12:45pm (French)
    • Feb 8, 2018, 9:45am (French)
    • Feb 9, 2018, 9:45am (French)

    Only 150 tickets available! 

    Birds, an umbrella and kung fu

    Isn’t it better to be a bird? Humans are so hard to figure out! That’s what Mademoiselle Mouche thinks, anyway. So she goes to the gym to take flight training, and she learns to speak bird. One day, surely, she’ll soar into the air.

    Multidisciplinary artist D. Kimm has created an endearing character, slightly clown-like with her kung fu and hip hop. We like her instantly. Her funny stories and the oversize video projections of birds transport us. Time to leave dull cares behind and prepare for takeoff!

    Ages 5 to 9

    • Conceived, written, directed and performed by

      D. Kimm

  6. Play
    • Mar 7, 2018, 9:30am (French)
    • Mar 7, 2018, 11:00am (French)
    • Mar 8, 2018, 9:30am Sold out (French)
    • Mar 9, 2018, 9:30am (French)

    Only 100 seats

    You can’t learn without getting dirty!

    They’re covered in it! Mud from toes to crown!
    From this raw material, earth, the characters fashion clay islands and landscapes of shifting ground.
    Believe me, by the end of it, the stage is all turned around!
    What do you think? Is it just for fun?
    Not at all! The question they ask is very serious: Where does the world come from?

    Nathalie Derome’s father is a potter, and she grew up in a house where making a mess was synonymous with learning. In Magie lente, she patiently reconstructs a piece of her childhood to share with the audience, along with some songs and poems.

    Ages 18 months to 5 years

  7. Play
    • Apr 4, 2018, 9:45am (French)
    • Apr 4, 2018, 12:45pm (French)
    • Apr 5, 2018, 9:45am (French)
    • Apr 6, 2018, 9:45am (French)

    Sparks guaranteed

    Falling in love: so love is a fall? Sometimes. And it can be fatal! Think of Romeo and Juliet: two warring families pitted against two determined teenagers with loving hearts.

    DynamO Théâtre shakes up the classic tale, incorporating acrobatics, swordfights, juggling, and a rotating set. Four actors play all the parts and comment on the action; Shakespeare himself is invited to speak. Can the inevitable be avoided? All we know is that if we’re going to reinvent the story, we have to find a way to overcome the power of hate.

    Ages 9 to 14

    • Concept and direction by

      Jackie Gosselin

    • With

      Rosalie Dell’Aniello, Marie Fannie Guay,...

  8. Play
    • May 16, 2018, 12:30pm (French)
    • May 17, 2018, 10:00am (French)
    • May 17, 2018, 12:30pm (French)

    I can hear your heart beating in my ear

    An empty white space; bright light. We could be in a museum gallery, but the works on display here are teenagers and adults wearing headsets. Little by little they reveal themselves, through their tentative presence, through their disturbing or amusing statements. They talk about everything: themselves, their family, their future; they play Truth or Consequences, they exchange pieces of clothing. What’s real in all of this? The performance is different in every host city, depending on the local young people cast in the show. A meaningful and vibrant portrait of life captured in the moment.

    Stay tuned for the casting call! Impatience has played in Montreal, Mons (Belgium) and Toronto, and is en route to Ottawa-Gatineau.

    In your classroom: Book a visit by creative artists

    Ages 14 +

  9. Play
    • May 24, 2018, 9:45am (French)
    • May 24, 2018, 12:45pm (French)

    Childhood is the diamond of our lives

    Hooray, the Italians are coming! At long last we get to see this little gem of a dance theatre piece that has been presented everywhere (else) on the planet!

    Two dazzling performers move easily between the roles of parents and children as they relate Nina and Tommaso’s wild adventure. The inseparable siblings share a bond that’s stronger than anything: stronger than beatings, stronger than fire, stronger even than distance. Childhood is a treasure, and our zany heroes have created a bubble, a crazy imaginary world. They invite us in, and for the next hour or so, we’re all 10 years old!

    Ages 6 to 12

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Starting at: $7.75/ticket

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Admissions cannot be purchased at/through the NAC Box Office.


Regarding tickets
613 947-7000 or 1 866 850-2787, ext. 246

Regarding programming
613 947-7000 or 1 866 850-2787, ext. 523

Transportation assistance

We can provide financial assistance* to help alleviate the cost of school bus transportation.

*Limited funds available.

Putting your school to work

The second edition of our Putting your School to Work program invites you and your students to work with an artist in a series of multidisciplinary workshops. Using words and images, writing and collage, you’ll be encouraged to let your imagination run free and unleash its full potential, which reaches far beyond dreams and fantasy. It’s a great opportunity to shake up the daily routine and take a fresh look at the world around you.

Visits by creative artists!

May we suggest that you welcome into your classroom some of the creative artists who will be coming to the NAC's French Theatre. It is a fantastic way to familiarize your students with the performing arts before they come to the theatre.

(Better hurry, because bookings are limited!)

De plain-pied

Installation piece, performance, ephemeral poetry, subversive karaoke, metaphysical bingo... What form will their creation take? WE HAVE NO IDEA! And that’s what makes it so interesting! [Available in French only]

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the NAC, for 14+ years

Tell your students about it! It's free!

Offer your students an exciting night out at the NAC

Discover the plays in our regular season! You’ll pay the same ticket price as for a student matinee, and you can take advantage of our Transportation Assistance Program. Reserve early, as space is limited. Information: or 613‑947‑7000 ext. 523


Stay tuned to what’s going on at the NAC and its upcoming Théâtre fançais shows, special offers and suggested activities.

To get on the list, visit the French Theatre page!