Reviewed by Capital Critics Circle

 Children’s shows announced at the  NAC French  2017-18 season.

“Let’s embrace this beacon–theatre, this vibrant life,
these eager and sensitive souls who forge courageously ahead,
who defy history in order to reinvent it, who paint with mud or talk to the birds,
when they’re not conversing with a barking egg.
So that the light flickering deep within, at the core of the treasure that is childhood,
may shine out and illuminate our world.”


Associate Artistic Director, Youth Programming

 Ma petite boule d’amour

October 28–29, 2017 – NAC Pavillon – Ages 3 to 6

Written by Jasmine Dubé // Directed by Jasmine Dubé and Jean‑François Guilbault // With Jasmine Dubé and Pablo Bonacina // Produced by Théâtre Bouches Décousues

The storyteller and her guitar-playing friend welcome the audience into a warm and cozy milieu, and when everyone has settled in, the story begins. It’s the tale of a gruff and solitary bear, and an irritating little fly that buzzes around him … One day, our furry hero has a dream: a pure white bear cub is calling to him. It’s the start of a journey under vast northern skies.



November 25–26, 2017 – NAC Studio – Ages 9 to 14

Written by Estelle Savasta // Translated into Quebec Sign Language (QSL) by Marie‑Hélène Hamel // Directed by Milena Buziak // With Florence Blain Mbaye and Hodan Youssouf // Produced by Voyageurs Immobiles, compagnie de création

Nour takes us through the perilous crossing that has brought her here, drawn by the promise of a better place to live. She recalls the dangers of the voyage, and most of all the pain of separation: how can she bear to leave Youmna, the deaf woman who loves her like a daughter? The young girl tears herself away, taking nothing with her but a mysterious little box.


Histoires à plumes et à poils

December 16–17, 2017 – NAC Studio – Ages 3 to 8

Written by Marie‑Hélène Larose‑Truchon, David Paquet and Érika Tremblay‑Roy // Directed by Érika Tremblay‑Roy // With Ludger Côté and Emmanuelle Laroche // Produced by Le Petit Théâtre de Sherbrooke

An egg. Fallen from the nest. She and He will find the most absurd and complicated way to put it back: they’ll have to invent some kind of machine. But what kind of egg is it? Hard to say: it’s making strange noises, and it keeps changing shape and colour. As the story unfolds, we meet some unusual creatures: a depressed turkey, two gentlemen porcupines, and even a whale that lives on land! A joyous imaginary bestiary dreamed up by three ingenious authors.

What kind of egg is it again? An egg of endless possibilities, that’s for sure.


Comment j’ai appris à parler aux oiseaux

February 10–11, 2018 – NAC Studio – Ages 5 to 9
IN ASSOCIATION WITH NAC FRENCH THEATRE                                                                                                         

Conceived, written, directed and performed by D. Kimm // Produced by Les Filles électriques // Creative partner: NAC French Theatre

Isn’t it better to be a bird? Humans are so hard to figure out! That’s what Mademoiselle Mouche thinks, anyway. So she goes to the gym to take flight training, and she learns to speak bird. One day, surely, she’ll soar into the air.


Magie lente

March 10–11, 2018 – NAC Studio – Ages 18 months to 5 years

Conceived and written by Nathalie Derome and Steeve Dumais // With Nathalie Derome, Steeve Dumais and Anne‑Françoise Jacques // Produced by Des mots d’la dynamite

They’re covered in it! Mud from toes to crown! From this raw material, earth, the characters fashion clay islands and landscapes of shifting ground. Believe me, by the end of it, the stage is all turned around!

What do you think? Is it just for fun? Not at all! The question they ask is very serious: Where does the world come from?


Et si Roméo & Juliette…

April 7–8, 2018 – NAC Studio – Ages 8 to 14

Adapted, written and directed by Jacqueline Gosselin // With Marie Fanny Guay, Marc‑André Poliquin, Catherine St‑Martin and 1 other performer // Produced by DynamO Théâtre with support from L’Espace Théâtre Muni-Spec (Mont-Laurier), La TOHU, La Maison de la culture Mercier and Théâtre de la Ville (Longueuil)

Falling in love: so love is a fall? Sometimes. And it can be fatal! Think of Roméo and Juliette: two warring families pitted against two determined teenagers with loving hearts.

DynamO Théâtre shakes up the classic tale, incorporating acrobatics, swordfights, juggling, and a rotating set. Four actors play all the parts and comment on the action; Shakespeare himself is invited to speak. Can the inevitable be avoided? All we know is that if we’re going to reinvent the story, we have to find a way to overcome the power of hate.



May 19, 2018 – NAC Studio – Ages 14 +

Conceived by Anne‑Marie Ouellet and Thomas Sinou // With Philippe Racine, Sara Simard and three local teenagers // Produced by L’eau du bain in association with Usine C

An empty white space; bright light. We could be in a museum gallery, but the works on display here are teenagers and adults wearing headsets. Little by little they reveal themselves, through their tentative presence, through their disturbing or amusing statements. They talk about everything: themselves, their family, their future; they play Truth or Consequences, they exchange pieces of clothing. What’s real in all of this? The performance is different in every host city, depending on the local young people cast in the show. A meaningful and vibrant portrait of life captured in the moment.


Romanzo d’infanzia

May 26–27, 2018 – NAC Studio – Ages 6 to 12

Written by Bruno Stori // Dramaturgs and directors: Letizia Quintavalla and Bruno Stori // Choregraphed and performed by Michele Abbondanza and Antonella Bertoni // Produced by Quintavalla – Stori – Compagnia Abbondanza/Bertoni // Coproduced by Teatro Testoni Ragazzi

Hooray, the Italians are coming! At long last we get to see this little gem of a dance theatre piece that has been presented everywhere (else) on the planet!

Two dazzling performers move easily between the roles of parents and children as they relate Nina and Tommaso’s wild adventure. The inseparable siblings share a bond that’s stronger than anything: stronger than beatings, stronger than fire, stronger even than distance. Childhood is a treasure, and our zany heroes have created a bubble, a crazy imaginary world. They invite us in, and for the next hour or so, we’re all 10 years old!


De plain-pied
May 19, 2018 – NAC – Ages 14 +


It starts with a group of teenagers, a creation unit. Their mission: to find, through art and action, other ways to collectively inhabit reality, appropriate it, and even transform it! With youthful enthusiasm, they’ll take over a space within the new and improved NAC. Installation piece, performance, ephemeral poetry, subversive karaoke, metaphysical bingo… What form will their creation take? WE HAVE NO IDEA! And that’s what makes it so interesting!




·        April 26, 2017: 2016-2017 Create Your Own and Enfance/jeunesse subscribers will be able to renew. New subscriptions to Enfance/jeunesse packages will also be available.

·        May 23, 2017: New subscriptions to all packages will be available.

·        Early September, 2017: Single tickets for most of the shows will be available



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