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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 :

Introducing the cast of Clean Slate

--2018 Q4

L-R: Cleopatra Boudreau, Rebecca Gibian, Gita Miller, Maxine Segalowitz, Kathleen Stavert, and Julie Trepanier.

We are excited to finally announce the amazing cast of our upcoming production of Clean Slate which will run from March 18-30 at LaChapelle Theatre. You can get a sneak peak of the production by checking out the Public Reading of Clean Slate on November 9th, presented by Playwrights' Workshop Montreal in partnership with the Cole Foundation. Clean Slate was written by Catherine Chabot, and translated by Jennie Herbin, mentored by Maureen Labonté. The public reading and the March production will be directed by Leslie Baker. Check out the event (click here) and reserve your seat (click here).

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.

2018 Fundraising campaign

--2018 Q4

We are happy to announce the start of our 2018 Fundraising Campaign. This year we will be participating in Giving Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018, and you can find us listed on the web site for Giving Tuesday. We will also be creating an absolutely fabulous fundraising event in the New Year, and we will be contacting you with those details soon. But you don't have to wait to give! To give anytime you can click on the links/images below or visit our web site. To give and join our network use PayPal. To give and remain anonymous, use CanadaHelps.

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.

LGBTQ+ Outreach

--2018 Q1

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

Me and You and Journées de la culture

--2017 Q3

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

Polishing the script:

--2017 Q3

At the Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, writer and director of the award winning film Vic et Flo ont vu un ours, Denis Côté (standing), chats with Michael Mackenzie, director of Talisman’s stage version of Vic and Flo Saw a Bear that will be premiering at the Centaur this fall.

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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