York Theatre

La Détresse et l’Enchantement

The autobiography of novelist Gabrielle Roy has touched thousands of readers. From her childhood in Manitoba to her passion for the theatre, which sent her to Europe before settling in Montreal at the cusp of the Second World War, life throbs within these pages with irrepressible authenticity. Between blinding light and abject blackness, between the fullness of joy and the pain of emptiness, between paralyzing uncertainties and the kind of revelations that transform an entire destiny.

To fully appreciate these words of exceptional humanity, Marie-Thérèse Fortin and writer-director Olivier Kemeid have created a theatrical montage of the memoirs of the Franco-Canadian author. In a formidable and devastating performance, a great actress succeeds in bringing an exceptional writer back to life, making those who do not yet know her love her, and awaking the memories in those who’ve long admired her.


Production Trois Tristes Tigres, created with le Théâtre du Trident and le Théâtre du Nouveau Monde
Text Gabrielle Roy
Dramaturgy and adaptation Marie-Thérèse Fortin and Olivier Kemeid
Director Olivier Kemeid
Performer Marie-Thérèse Fortin
Video Design Lionel Arnould
Set Design Véronique Bertrand
Lighting Étienne Boucher
Sound Stéphane Caron
Movement Estelle Clareton
Assistant Director Catherine La Frenière
Makeup Florence Cornet
Costumes Virginie Leclerc
Props Erica Schmitz

Tour Team
Production Manager Catherine Comeau
Technical Director David Poisson
Lighting Vincent Sauvé
Video Pierre Laniel
Stage Manager and Tour Director Sandy Caron


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We would like to acknowledge that our work takes place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh first nations.

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