A comedy as fiercely dark as any Greek tragedy

Wildfire runs from January 16 to 28 as part of the Wildside Festival in partnership with Centaur Theatre and La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines

Presented in English with French surtitles

Wildfire – the English version of David Paquet‘s Le Brasier, translated by Leanna Brodie and directed by Jon Lachlan Stewart.

With a cast of perverse misfits, featuring a caged child and the murder of a pet tarantula, Wildfire attacks our failing collective consciousness as fiercely as any work from classical Greece.

Wildfire is a tragicomedy as fiercely dark as any from classical Greece. Structured as a generational triptych, it is set in a triplex inhabited by twisted triplets with a toxic family heritage. In this magnificently constructed spiral of fatality, multiple award-winning playwright David Paquet attacks our failing collective consciousness and the ensuing general apathy. Opening with a curse from a psychopathic baby, with a cast of perverse misfits, and featuring a caged child and a murderous pet tarantula.

“Thanks to Leanna Brodie’s award-winning translation, Talisman Theatre’s production and Playwrights Canada Press’ publication, Wildfire will mark my first foray into Montreal’s English-language theatre scene. This play seems to me to be a perfect fit for an encounter with this new audience, both neighbouring and yet unknown, since it intertwines the notions of otherness and home. Moreover, it is an honour to be welcomed at La Chapelle, a place par excellence for hybrid productions and mixed audiences, and to know that everything is inspired by Philippe Cyr’s dazzling staging.” – David Paquet

This English version has all of the kick and the magic of the original French while retaining its vaudevillian, tongue-in-cheek humour. Its light-heartedness charms and disarms—leaving the audience completely unprepared for a rollercoaster ride through deep-rooted taboos!

“That’s what family is all about: saying yes even if you don’t feel like it.” – Wildfire

Wildfire follows the path of unexamined trauma as it courses through three generations driven by shame and repression. There is no beginning or end to the traumatic devastation, only the inevitable turning of its cycle of destruction. Paquet pulls out laughs like we would pull out a tooth. Talisman’s hallmark of strong female voices is present in the triplet sisters who offer a dark take on modern motherhood and family relations in general.

Wildfire is Talisman’s 18th production. It was originally designed and produced by Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, L’Homme Allumette, and directed by Philippe CyrTalisman Theatre is thrilled to embark on this English production with director Jon Lachlan Stewart, an award-winning artist, known to the theatre community as a director, actor, and producer.

Written by David Paquet
Translated by Leanna Brodie
Directed by Jon Lachlan Stewart
Based on the original staging by Philippe Cyr

Stage Manager: Ava Bishop
Cast: Julie Tamiko ManningKathleen Stavert and Davide Chiazzese
Set and Costume Design: Odile Gamache
Costumes Assistant: Leonie Blanchet
Lighting Design: Cédric Delorme-Bouchard
Sound Design: Mykalle Bielinski

by David Paquet

JAN 16–27, 2023 → 7:30 PM
       JAN 28, 2023 → 3:00 PM*
       JAN 28, 2023 → 7:30 PM
*with live ASL interpretation

La Chapelle Theatre
3700, Saint Dominique

Regular → $30  •  Student → $25
60 and over / 30 and under / local resident / cultural worker → $25
Student in living arts → $20  •  15 and under → $15
Opening Night Rate → $15