Lénaïque la Magnifique cries every day in order to nourish the dragon-fruit that grow in the orchard, on the peninsula. One Sunday like any other Sunday, the young woman goes to the market on the mainland to sell her precious produce. There, she meets Brévalaire Spectaculaire, a fine “knitter of allegorical tuques”. In an instant, within both of them, the dizzy feeling of an inextricable love is born.

A true masterpiece of inventiveness, the play is characterized by a language as vibrant as it is picturesque. Combining storytelling, improvisation, poetry and song, Avant l’Archipel (Countries Shaped Like Stars) transforms the audience members into active witnesses of the emotional upheaval linked to the first amorous stir.


Coproduction Théâtre français de Toronto et L’Irréductible petit peuple
Text Emily Pearlman
Adaptation Danielle Le Saux-Farmer, André Robillard
Direction Joël Beddows
Assistant Direction Guillaume Saindon
Cast Danielle Le Saux-Farmer, André Robillard
Music and lyrics Nicolas Di Gaetano
Production team Benoît Brunet-Poirier, Karyane Lachance, Céline Paquet, Katia Talbot, Lindsay Tremblay


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