Philip Pinsky, sound desinger and composer for ANA, took a series of photographs while in Montreal for the creation of the show. Here’s a photo montage of his impressions of being on the road in Montreal.
Laura Frietag of Rover Arts writes:
With a strong ensemble cast and remarkable mise-en-scène, ANA offers an imaginative and complex vision of womanhood.
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.
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Clare and Pierre-Yves work together to complete ANA . Clare goes to Montreal in April 2010. Pierre-Yves Lemieux, Serge Denoncourt and Clare Shapiro come to Edinburgh in June 2010 workshop first draft with actors. Clare goes to Skye to write Act One.
The world is so changeable mama, the birds fly, the waves roll, the stars spin, even the earth moves, very slowly but it does. I hide here and watch the cliff rocks fall into the sea. Even the island there will disappear one day.
We continue to develop the script and production plans.
Stella Quines meet Serge Denoncourt and Pierre-Yves Lemieux in Montreal with Imago Theatre. Serge and Pierre-Yves join the ANA team.
There is now a short story and some developing dialogue written by Clare Duffy that we workshop. Marel Pommerlo also writes for the project during this phase.
We talk about madness and depression and splitting and mirrors and how acting is connected to these things.