It’s Cassandre’s birthday. There should be a party, but there isn’t. So she decides to invent ways to surprise herself. There’s the love affair between Théodore and Noémie. It should be an idyll, but it isn’t. So they decide to try to have a baby. It’s also the day Sylvain goes to therapy. Things should be getting better, but they’re not. So he dreams about a better life. Put these depressed people in a room together. It should be sad, but it isn’t, it’s actually funny funny funny! Winner of the Governor General’s Award as well as the Prix Michel-Tremblay, Porc-épic (Porcupine) is a festive tragedy where people of different stripes collide and learn to accompany one another on the road to loneliness, possibility and vulnerability. Because is it possible to touch someone without getting pricked?

Awards and nominations


Awards (Category: Small Theatre)

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role : France Perras
Outstanding Direction : Craig Holzschuh

Nominations (Category: Small Theatre)

Outstanding Production : Théâtre la Seizième
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role : Joey Lespérance


Production Théâtre la Seizième & L’UniThéâtre
Text David Paquet
Direction Craig Holzschuh
Cast Steve Jodoin, Anna-Maria LeMaistre, Joey Lespérance, Alicia Novak, France Perras
Production Team Drew Facey, Victoria Zimski, Jason Kodie, Susan Miyagishima


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