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The Fairies are Thirsty

  • 25th Sep, 2005 at 10:43 AM

Pigeons and pizza
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

Last night, I went down to Théâtre Ste-Catherine to see "The Fairies are Thirsty." Written by Montréal playwright Denise Boucher in the 1978, its original French title was "Les Fées ont Soif." An influential play in the Québec feminist movement, it gained publicity when it first showed, due to an attempted ban of its performance.

I had missed this play twice at the Montréal Fringe, so I was determined not to do so again. I showed up half an hour early to purchase a ticket, since the theatre does not sell advanced tickets. Then, I went across the street to a used music store and bought myself a CD. Returning to the theatre, I got a second-row seat in a mostly filled house.

The play started off quick shakily, but as the actresses warmed up their performances became quite powerful. The set was austere, with very few stage directions: three or four lighting changes and three brief audio tracks. But the passion that was put into the act was great, and at one point I felt my throat constricting.

Of the three actresses, Vanessa Matsul seemed to be the strongest. She had good projection and good expression. Gillian Ferrier seemed the most young, still fresh-faced, stunning, and cute. It is visually ironic that she was cast as the prostitute. As for Dalla Marom, her part was so stifling that I was unable to form any opinion at all.

All in all, I think I had a good time seeing this piece. And so did everyone else in room, judging by the thunderous applause. I would suggest you see it, but I seemed to have caught the final show. But since it is played by a Montréal troupe, it is possible that it will run again.


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25th Sep, 2005 15:37 (UTC)
I saw this @ Fringe
25th Sep, 2005 15:47 (UTC)
Did you like it?
26th Sep, 2005 03:07 (UTC)
Yes and no.
I thought it was a little cliched.
25th Sep, 2005 16:10 (UTC)
That's a beautiful photo! What kind of camera do you have?
25th Sep, 2005 18:30 (UTC)
Thank you.

The camera that I use is a Canon PowerShot A95 which, when I bought it, was the best value for money. It's got many of the features you could want as a professional photographer, but in a compact form factor for a consumer price.

It has since been replaced by the A610 and A620, but if you can find an A95 for sale, it should be cheaper.
18th Oct, 2007 10:53 (UTC)
the fairies are thirsty
what is this piece about? would you advise it to be performed at a level drama? it seems powerful but i can'tfind any plot summaries ! please help x :) x
18th Oct, 2007 20:42 (UTC)
Re: the fairies are thirsty
A little bit of Googling found a decent overview of Les Fées ont soif.
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