Doubling up in style

Neil Cooper of The Herald writes:

These are interesting busy times for Scottish theatre company Stellar Quines.

They are, as you read this, in the midst of premiering Ana, a new bilingual play by Scots writer Clare Duffy and Quebecois playwright Pierre-Yves Lemieux. Co-produced with French-Canadian company, Imago, Ana opened last Tuesday night at Theatre Epace Go in Montreal prior to a Scottish tour in spring 2012.

On the face of it there is nothing unusual about any of this.


Byron Toben of the Charlebois Post writes:

After the world premiere opening of the wonderful, thought-provoking play ANA at Espace Go, I wisecracked that it should be subtitled Six Annas in Search of their Mother.

Later, reading director Serge Denoncourt’s program notes, I was gratified to see that he also paraphrased Pirandello to describe the show. The co-authors, Clare Duffy of Scotland and Pierre Yves Lemieux of Montreal spent three years working up a script based on a concept by Clare Schapiro of Montreal and Muriel Romanes of Scotland.

The Charlebois Post also interviewed Pierre-Yves Lemieux, one of the writers of ANA, you can see the interview here.

Espace Go welcomes Imago Theatre

The Gazette – Montréal, August 16, 2011 – Posted by Pat Donnelly

Imago Theatre at Espace Go? Yes, this 25-year-old anglophone theatre company headed by Clare Schapiro, will be one of three companies “welcomed” into the Espace Go program next season.

The play in question is a new multi-lingual work titled Ana, co-created with an 18-year- old Scottish theatre company called Stellar Quines headed by Muriel Romanes.

Romanes once performed in Montreal, as Pierrette in the Scottish version of Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles Soeurs known as The Guid Sisters.

It was the best production of this Tremblay classic that I’ve ever seen. Ana, by Clare Duffy and Pierre Yves Lemieux, will play Espace Go Nov. 22 to Dec. 10, 2011.

For more on this collaboration and the rest of the Espace Go season watch for my theatre column in Saturday’s Montreal Gazette.