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current Production :    Clean Slate   

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

For the latest Clean Slate reviews, click here.

Our mainstage production of Clean Slate was a popular and critical success. The show ran from March 18-30th at La Chapelle Theatre, and was described by Montreal Theatre Hub as "modern theatre at its best: timely and well-rounded."


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. 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.



Videographer : Mariana Frandsen

Talisman Theatre News :

Clean Slate a success!

--2019 Q3

Our mainstage production of Clean Slate was a popular and critical success. The show ran from March 18-30th at La Chapelle Theatre, and was described by Montreal Theatre Hub as "modern theatre at its best: timely and well-rounded." 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 was a wild-ride that shook-up preconceived notions of female friendship, vulnerability, and theatrical realism.

Katey Wattam receives CALQ microgrant

--2019 Q3

Thanks to an Inuit and First Nations Arts Microgrant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettre du Québec (CALQ), Katey Wattam was able to participate in our production of Clean Slate as Assistant Director. Katey was an amazing asset and we look forward to future collaborations with this young emerging director.

Talisman is hiring!

--2019 Q3

Talisman is looking for a general coordinator (20-30 hours/week) to join our team. The ideal candidate would be admissible for Emploi-Quebec program. See our job posting for details. (click here).

2019 Philagora Cohort

--2019 Q3

Artistic Director Lyne Paquette was part of the 2018-2019 cohort of the Philagora program of the Fondation J. Armand Bombardier. This year-long workshop series provides a variety of trainings for non-profit organizations, focusing on how to respond to a rapidly changing economy.

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.

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.

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.

What the media say

Clean Slate latest reviews :

  • Theatre Funhouse : "The first-rate cast... give magnificently loose-limbed yet precisely executed performances, while Leslie Baker's fluid direction creates order out of the potential chaos of the boozy long day’s journey into night. ...What’s certain is that this is a beautifully staged ensemble piece that offers a refreshingly raw portrait of female friendship."--Jim Burke, Mar 26, 2019
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  • ARP.MEDIA : "The chemistry between the actresses zings. It feels like attending a real girls' dinner, witnessing real conversations. The directing is excellent. ...Clean Slate is a funny, moving and resolutely feminist work that speaks of friendship, feminine solidarity and unconditional love."--Nancie Boulay, Mar 25, 2019
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  • Théâtralités : "This incisive, hard-hitting, unrestrained dialogue of a 30-year-old author passes readily into English. ...Leslie Baker orchestrates a magnificent sextet of actresses who play Marie-Anick, Marie-Noëlle, Catherine, Vicky, Rose and Sarah as if the characters were written especially for them."--Yanik Comeau, Mar 24, 2019
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  • Le Culte : "Inside each character, we find a little pieces of ourselves, sketches of our hopes, our dreams and our anxieties ... Watching this play is the equivalent of looking into the other, to get along and maybe even better understand the other to better understand oneself, but also to understand more about those around us."--Alexane Anglehart, Mar 21, 2019
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  • Montreal Theatre Hub : "Honest and resolute, Clean Slate shines in English premiere: Good art is a splash of cold water on the face; it reinvigorates the viewer. ...Clean Slate is modern theatre at its best: timely and well-rounded. I cannot speak highly enough of Talisman’s latest production. The show runs until March 30th and you’d be foolish to miss it."--Andrew Sawyer, Mar 20, 2019
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  • CULT #MTL : "I thought to myself: these women are shrieking harpies. ...But, I realized I’ve spewed as much invective as a young woman. ...See Clean Slate with your girlfriends. Make sure to grab some wine before you head in."--Sarah Deshaies, Mar 20, 2019
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  • Arts et culture : "What would we do if we only had one night to live with our friends or our family? After all, it is a universal theme that deserves to be approached from different perspectives, and in this the text hits the mark. ...The scenography offers beautiful images and launches us on some tracks quite open to interpretation."--Thomas Duret, Mar 19, 2019
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past productions

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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.

Talisman Outreach :

November 2019: Clean Slate reading at Concordia

Given the buzz of the seven META nominations, Talisman partnered with CAST and LTAC to present a public reading of Clean Slate at Concordia University. The talkback that followed the reading was very insightful for the Theatre and Translation students that attended. Talisman shared the behind-the-scenes creative process: translation support from PWM’s programs, the viewpoints approach, costume design inspirations, etc.

November 2019: Public readings of Gametes at PWM and McGill

We presented two readings of Gametes by Rebecca Desraspe in a recent translation by Leanna Brodie. This play depicts two friends who have been inseparable since their early childhood. Both are career women driven by a burning desire to be successful, and feel fulfilled--but biology complicates their lives. Professor Erin Hurly of McGill University welcomed us to her feminist and LGBTQ theatre class. We are excited to be creating new links with our local universities.

March 2019: Clean Slate Talkbacks

Our mainstage production of Clean Slate was a popular and critical success. The show ran from March 18-30th at La Chapelle Theatre, and was described by Montreal Theatre Hub as "modern theatre at its best: timely and well-rounded." Talkbacks featured the actors, director, producer, and Caroline Lavoie.

January 2019: Translation team takes Midnight to Louisiana!

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 a reading of Talisman’s translation of Midnight at the Southern Rep Theatre as part of a cultural exchange initiative.

November 2018: Public reading of Clean Slate

In collaboration with Playwrights' Workshop Montreal we hosted a public reading of Clean Slate, Jenny Herbin's, Talisman commissioned translation of Marie-Hélène Larose-Truchon's Table rase. 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.

November 2018: Public reading of Midnight

In collaboration with Playwrights' Workshop Montreal we hosted a public reading of Midnight, Alexis Diamond's, Talisman commissioned translation of Marie-Hélène Larose-Truchon's Minuit. In Midnight, a family fights to conserve their heritage in a dystopian society where language and culture are highly regulated, in an allegory of Quebecois issues of language accommodation.

November 2018: Public reading of Wildfire

In collaboration with Playwrights' Workshop Montreal we hosted a public reading of Wildfire, Leanna Brodie's, Talisman commissioned translation of David Paquet's Le Brasier. 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.

January 2018: LGBTQ+ Outreach event

We created an event: "Does Montreal need a theatre space dedicated to LGBTQ+ performance?", a roundtable hosted by Richard 'Bugs' Burnett featuring fascinating speakers: Michael Martini, Maxine Segalowitz, KeXin Li, Nathalie Claude, and Charlie Julien

November 2017: Vic and Flo Talkback

These talkbacks featured Charlie Boudreau, Executive director of the Image+Nation Film Festival and Concordia University's Dr. Thomas Vaughn and McGill University's Dr. Ada Sinacore

October 2017: Me and You and Journées de la culture

In partnership with the National Theatre School of Canada for the Journées de la Culture on Sunday October 1st at the Monument National, Arianna Bardesono will discuss the process of directing Kathleen Staveert and Mirian Katrib in the play Me and You. The two actresses will also read excerpts from the play.

April 2017: Public Reading of Me and You

Me and You, an exploration into Quebec’s rich cultural diversity, was one of our most successful productions and it continues to find new audiences. With the assistance of the Cole Foundation, we staged a reading of the play on Wednesday April 12th at Concordia University with Mirian Katrieb reading the role of Talia and Kathleen Stavert reading the role of Julie. Concordia University's Prof Judith Woodsworth moderated the talkback.

October 2016: Talisman reaches out to the indigenous community

For Yukonstyle we reached out to the indigenous communities with the aim of building bridges between their cultures and Québécois culture. Community leaders and women artists receive complementary tickets to performances, and are invited to group discussions and post-performance talk-backs. Attending: Nahka Bertrand, Chantel Henderson, Anik Sioui, Cherry Smiley, Rosemary Reilly, Dayna Cielen, Jean Stevenson, Delbert Sampson, Nadine St-Louis, Emilie Monnet, Floyd Faval, Moe Clark, Pamela Warden, Nina Segalowitz, Vicky Boldo, Nakuset, Timothy Armstrong, and Dayne Danger.

September 2016: Talisman welcomes New Syrian refugees

We are happy to welcome the newly arrived Syrians to see Yukonstyle. Thanks to Canada Council for the Arts and Sunlife Financial’s The Arts and Culture Welcome Refugees initiative

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