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La petite poule d’eau (The Little Water Hen). Strong Community Theatre Adaptation of the Novel by Gabrielle Roy .

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This adaptation for the stage by Irène  Mahé and Claude Dorge, from the  novel by Gabrielle Roy, was first performed by the  Circle Molière in Saint Boniface in 1992.  It was then mounted at the Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario  in Sudbury. The story of the poor Tousignant family living on an isolated island on  the Petite Poule d’Eau River  takes place in 1937. Gabrielle Roy who then went on to write The Tin Flute (Bonheur d’occasion) became one of the important Francophone writers of her era. Here, her novel  has  captured  many apsects of the  life of the  French Canadians living in the Manitoba wilderness and it is clear that this stage version has retained much of the legendary perhaps even stereotypical quality of that life.

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