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current Production :    Clean Slate   

Lyne Paquette, Artistic and Executive Director.
Clean Slate poster.

Hi! I am proud to announce Talisman’s next production will be Clean Slate by Catherine Chabot in collaboration with Brigitte Poupart, Vicky Bertrand, Marie-Anick Blais, Rose-Anne Déry, Sarah Laurendeau and Marie-Noëlle Voisin, translated by Jennie Herbin, directed by Leslie Baker.

L-R: Catherine Chabot, Playwright; Jennie Herbin, Translator; Maureen Labonté, Translation dramaturg; Leslie Baker, Director.

Six friends gather at a site of their shared childhood: They drink, they laugh, but most importantly, they admit things they’ve never before had the courage to say. In a time where the heroes of the past exist less and less, the young women must support each other as they independently become the heroes they need. Inspired by the seemingly incomprehensible decision of their friend, the girls make a pact to shed their traumas and bad habits and start afresh. With the honesty and intimacy of a death bed, Clean Slate allows the audience to eavesdrop on a brave, messy, and above all authentic portrait of millennial sisterhood.

This translation is commissioned and developed by Playwrights' Workshop Montreal's Cole Foundation Emerging Translator program.



Talisman Theatre News :

Clean Slate is almost here!

--2019 Q2

Our team has been working hard all month under the guidance of director Leslie Baker rehearsing Clean Slate the English-language premier of the Quebec sensation Table Rase. Prepare to be astounded! Featuring a set made by the highly-conceptual Italian designer Peter Bottazzi, lighting by Cedric Delorme Bouchard, costumes by rising-star Sophie El assaad and sound design by Peter Cerone, this will be a wild-ride that shakes-up preconceived notions of female friendship, vulnerability, and theatrical realism. Clean Slate runs from March 18-30 at LaChapelle Theatre. Tickets are selling fast, to get yours, click here.

Annual fundraising event a major success

--2019 Q2

We held our annual fundraising cocktail in the gorgeous atrium of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. It was a brilliant success and a good time was had by all! We raised almost $8,000 for our upcoming production thanks to the generous support of everyone who bought tickets, and who bid in our silent and live auctions. Our guest of honour, Kim Thúy, was fabulously funny and charmed the crowd with tales of translation and travel. We are especially grateful to our hard-working Board of Directors and the volunteers who made this event the triumph that it was, especially the President of our Board, Christine Lord, who went above and beyond to support us in our fundraising efforts. To see the photos, click here.

Inés Adán joins Talisman through DemART

--2019 Q2

Talisman welcomes Inés Adán to our team! Inés is a theatre director, and cofounder of the theatre company Mundanal Ruido Teatro. Inés is interested in theatre as an educative tool for social change and her works often mix performing languages, such as puppetry or music, with theatre. For the next six months Inés will be working with Talisman through the DemART program of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, a program which facilitates the integration of culturally diverse artists and cultural workers into the Montréal arts sector.

Talisman welcomes a new Board Member:

--2019 Q1

We are happy to welcome Catherine Doyle to our Board of Directors. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Journalism, with Combined Honours in Political Science, as well as a Bachelor of Arts, from Carleton University. She has experience in corporate communications, media relations, internal communications and government relations.

Midnight team returns from Louisiana!

--2019 Q1

This month, Artistic Director Lyne Paquette, along with author Marie-Hélène Larose-Truchon, translator Alexis Diamond, and director Emma Tibaldo, had the amazing opportunity to visit New Orleans, Louisiana, to workshop and present Talisman’s translation of Midnight at the Southern Rep Theatre as part of a cultural exchange initiative. To close the trip a public reading of Midnight was presented by some talented local actors. Talisman is immensely grateful to Aimée Hayes and the amazing team at Southern Rep for the invitation and the warm welcome.

Other public readings

--2018 Q4

Talisman has commissioned more translations, and this fall we will share these projects with you! We will host two more Public Readings in November in collaboration with Playwrights' Workshop Montreal. Midnight, Alexis Diamond's translation of Marie-Hélène Larose-Truchon's Minuit will be read on November 14, and Wildfire, Leanna Brodie's translation of David Paquet's Le Brasier will be read on November 23. For more information check out the events for Midnight and Wildfire. All public readings are free and open to all, but make sure to reserve your seat through one of these links : Wildfire, Midnight.

Talisman welcomes a new Board Member:

--2018 Q4

We are happy to welcome Gérald Gauthier to our Board of Directors.Holder of a law degree and a Master of Business Administration, Gérald Gauthier has extensive experience in public and corporate affairs, including regulatory affairs, mainly in the rail transportation sector. He worked in a private law firm specialized in civil and commercial law, before joining Canadian Pacific Railway, and later, the Railway Association of Canada, where he held several executive positions, including the presidency.

Also, in trans-lation…

--2018 Q2

I'm happy to announce that we have two new plays in translation Midnight (Minuit) by Marie-Hélène Larose Truchon translated by Alexis Diamond with translation Dramaturg Linda Gaboriau and Wildfire (Le brasier) by David Paquet translated by Leanna Brodie. In Midnight, Quebecois issues surrounding reasonable accommodation are given allegorical meaning and life against a dystopian backdrop. It is a love song to an endangered civilization. Wildfire is a comedy as fiercely dark as any Greek tragedy, a multi-generational drama, a triptych that follows different characters, all subject to the weight of a haunting family history.

Me and You tours!

--2018 Q2

Thanks to CAM en tournée and the Cole Foundation, Talisman Theatre toured four (4) burroughs of the Island of Montreal. We shared this tale of intercultural integration with 400 new audience members including 113 students, and played to a full house at the new NDG maison de la culture (Salle Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck) on Monkland.

past productions

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What the media say about us

  • The Link : "Tamiko Manning puts on a stunning performance as Vic, perfectly capturing the personality and mannerisms of a jaded ex-convict who is terrified of the outside world and who loves her partner."--Jillian Reynolds
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  • Le Culte : "The four actors managed to bring intense emotions through their superb talent, not to mention the sound effects and visuals that brought their share of success to the play."--Sandrine Vieira
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  • Pieuvre.ca : "This intimate thriller, original and sylvan, leaves a strong impression and contains sublime parts of shadows and lights to discover."--Nathalie Lessard
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  • Wesmountmag.ca : "I must admit that the leisurely artistic pace of the first third of Vic And Flo seemed somewhat achingly slow, but it was paced beautifully to match the unfolding developments."--Byron Toben
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  • Nevro'sArts : "In his adapatation, Michael Mackenzie has not only translated the text well, but also captured the ambivalent atmosphere that is so characteristic of Côté`s work."--Jonathan Duchesne
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Available for touring :

Me and You

Actors : 2.

The main themes of Me and You are integration, intercultural friendship, multiple identities, the need to be Quebecois, love, uprooting, and arrival in a new country, Quebec ...

Me and You is written by Pascal Brullemans and Talia Hallmona who were awarded the Louise-LaHaye prize for Moi et l’Autre. This award recognizes the excellence of a play for young audiences.



To download the technical requirements, click here.

For more information or a copy of the full-length DVD, please contact Elise Legrand at Scène Ouverte Agency: Elise Legrand Diffusion.

Me and You 2018 tour :

  • 27 February at Pauline-Julien theatre (Pierrefonds-Roxboro);
  • 13 March at Émile-Legault Theatre (Saint-Laurent);
  • 13 April at Oliver Jones Theatre (Montreal-North);
  • 20 April at Tembeck Theatre (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce).

Thanks to CAM en tournée and the Cole Foundation.

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