John Van Burek
Catherine Dajczman and Jean-Philip Debien
In English, and Spanish
Émilie Lévesque and Jean-Philip Debien
Also in the French-language cast
Set design and props
Costumes and props
Music and sound environment
Make up and hair
Emmanuel Cognée or Nicolas Fortin
David Perreault-Ninacs, Nicolas Fortin or Dominique Gagnon
In residency at Théâtre de la Ville (Longueuil) and Maison Théâtre (Montréal), in co-production with Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne, Muni-Spec Mont-Laurier and Le Théâtre, Scène nationale de Narbonne. With assistance from the Aide à la création program of the Centre national du Théâtre (France).
When Hansel arrives, it upsets the balance of Gretel’s life completely. Her little brother has turned everything upside down. When their parents abandon them in the forest and they end up at the witch’s house, she is very tempted to push him into the oven with their jailer and get rid of him forever...
By what tortuous route does one become a big sister?
Children 6 to 10 years old
“Gretel et Hansel proves to be a play with a strong script, with active narration that is very similar to the world of the tale and with stripped-down, evocative visuals, speaking directly to children about the disturbing (but profound and tender) reality that being brother and sister can provoke.”
David Lefebvre, montheatre.qc.ca
“The play of the two actors and, especially the direction of Gervais Gaudreault are striking for their simplicity. Without artifice, using a few wooden chairs placed on the stage, Gaudreault clearly brings forth, one by one, the many environments within which the two children’s saga takes shape.”
Michel Bélair, Le Devoir
“By making something new out of an old archetype, Suzanne Lebeau brings audiences to experience unexpected emotions and has surpassed herself in her writing, which is still just as precise and colourful, full of plot twists and games, and appealing to the intelligence of her young audience. The work of a pro.”
Josée Lapointe, La Presse
In 2018, Premiered in japanese in co-production with the Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Yokohama, Japan.
Translation Sae Okami | Cast Doi Shiori, Kohinata Seiichi