The Théâtre Aphasique troupe has approximately twenty actors with aphasia. Participants were first registered in dramatic art workshops to take up the challenge of working on stage. Plays usually run between three and five years.
The Théâtre Aphasique troupe has produced eleven shows—the equivalent of 240 performances in front of 27,000 audience members.
Goals: Develop creativity, production, and performance skills.
Le dernier mot [The last word]
The ongoing production presents six scenes by six dramatic artists, each tailored to the troupe with the following title: Le dernier mot [The last word]. All actors are involved in one or all the scenes.
- Derniers mots d’un père mourant à ses trois filles chéries by François Archambault
- La dernière danse by Chantal Cadieux
- Yahoo ne répond plus by Larry Tremblay
- Cha cha cha by Martin Bellemare
- Des grands enfants dans le noir by Jean-Philippe Lehoux
- Le jour où ça s’est produit by Olivier Sylvestre
EXCERPT FROM LE DERNIER MOT
Jeux, scène et délire
A city struck by an unusual epidemic has forced people affected or suspected of being affected by the epidemic to isolate themselves without considering their social situation. Adaptation of three texts by Ionesco.
Thirty-nine shows in front of 3,300 audience members, including these highlights:
- Théâtre du Fil à plomb, Toulouse, France (2 shows, 2015)
- Salle des fêtes de Montfaucon, France (2015)
- École Louis-Riel, Commission scolaire de Montréal (2015)
- Festival de théâtre de Victoriaville (2014)
- Festival international de théâtre de Mont-Laurier (2013)
- York Durham Aphasia Center, Stouffville, Ontario (2013)
Julien became crippled with aphasia after having a stroke. He lost his letter carrier job, but especially his independence and dignity. He had to kiss his past life goodbye. His loved ones and care workers must be patient as they aid him in his recovery and awake Julien from his grogginess.
Forty-nine shows in front of 4,060 audience members, including these highlights:
- Maison de la culture de Rivière-du-Loup et Cégep de Rimouski (2011)
- Festival international de théâtre de Mont-Laurier (2011)
- Benefit show at L’Astral, Montreal (2010)
- Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal (2010)
- Maison de la culture Rosemont, Montreal (2010)
- Festival de théâtre amateur de Richmond (2010)
Colette et Paulette à l’école de la réadaptation
Colette and Paulette, two busybodies, have a change of heart over a neighbouring family whose father had a stroke.
Seven shows in front of 460 audience members:
- Groupe relève pour personnes aphasiques de St-Eustache (2009)
- Prendre sa place show, Complexe Desjardins, Montreal (2009)
- Semaine de la neurologie Cerveau en tête, Hôpital Notre-Dame, Montreal (2009)
- Rendez-vous de la réadaptation, Centre de réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau, Montreal (2008)
Terre Aphasie is a multidisciplinary show combining song, dance, and theatre. It was put together by the Association québécoise des personnes aphasiques choir and invites dancers from Des paroles dans le vent and actors from Théâtre Aphasique to join singers to talk about aphasia, courage, and determination.
Two shows in front of 625 audience members:
- Théâtre Mirella et Lino Saputo, Montreal (2007)
- Théâtre Le Gesù, Montreal (2006)
Je vous lègue ma folie
This show came out of a research project by ESPACE, a group from the speech therapy and audiology department at the Université de Montréal. A new group of people with aphasia was formed for the occasion (these individuals had no previous experience in theatre). The department put together this show with the help of the REPÈRE method. Though the research project has ended, shows continue to be produced upon request. The work does not talk much about sorrow; instead, it talks about the urgency of living in the moment and moving ahead in life.
Eight shows in front of 960 audience members, including these highlights:
- Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, nursing assistant conference (2007)
- Centre d’essai de l’Université de Montréal (2007)
- Festival de théâtre amateur de Richmond (2007)
- Cinquième salle, Place des Arts, Montreal (2006)
- Théâtre Périscope, Quebec City (2006)
Welcome to the world of work and performance! Métronome tells the story of P, a nameless character, who only cares about one thing: to reach the top without wasting time. But everything crumbles when P least expects it. Time took another dimension, meaning that P had to start over.
Thirty-two shows in front of 3,690 audience members, including these highlights:
- Festival de théâtre Bas les masques, Sherbrooke (2007)
- Festival international de théâtre de Mont-Laurier (2007)
- Studio Hydro-Québec du Monument-National, Montreal (2006)
- Studio-théâtre de la Comédie-Française, Paris, France (2005)
- Centre William-Lennox, Ottignies, Belgium (2005)
- Festival de théâtre amateur de Richmond (2005)
Histoire de [mo]
Histoire de [Mo] is a cynical examination of interpersonal relationships. It presents characters in search of attentive ears. Some scenes in this production were written entirely by actors with aphasia with the help of the stage director.
A park is the fitting place for a meeting, along with characters from various backgrounds in many situations. One theme prevails: communication.
Thirty-seven shows in front of 4,500 audience members, including these highlights:
- Sixth Congrès québécois de la réadaptation, Quebec City (2003)
- Sixteenth Congrès des neurologues libéraux de langue française, Dijon, France (2003)
- Théâtre du Bic, Rimouski (2003)
- Benefit show, Salle Jean-Eudes, Montreal (2002)
- Festival de théâtre amateur de Montréal (2001)
- Théâtre du Rideau Vert, 25th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics, Montreal (2001)
- Caraquet and Moncton, New Brunswick (2000)
Variations sur l’amour
Variations sur l’amour is a set of scenes taking us across centuries to show romantic relationships from various theatrical forms—from Commedia Dell’Arte to contemporary theatre, including clown shows and the classic Romeo and Juliet.
The theme of this show is no longer aphasia. The show introduces us to people who live with joy and sorrow from the first moments of love. Whether people suffer from aphasia or not, it is sometimes hard to express our thoughts and feelings to the one we love.
Twenty-six shows in front of 2,200 audience members, including these highlights:
- Benefit show, Salle Jean-Eudes, Montreal (1998)
- Chicoutimi (1998)
- Quebec City (1998)
- Festival de théâtre amateur de Montréal (1998)
- Association des hôpitaux du Québec conference, Montreal (1998)
- Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec conference, Trois-Rivières (1998)
- Association des médecins de langue française conference, Montreal (1998)
Le silence qui parle
Following testimonies from participants, project founder, speech therapist, and actor Anne-Marie Théroux staged this collaborative work to talk about three people with aphasia who live a difficult life as well as the problems they now face in their relationships, social lives, and with themselves.
Fifteen shows in front of 5,000 audience members, including these highlights:
- Spectrum de Montreal, Semaine de la personne handicapée [Disability awareness week] (1996)
- Benefit show, Théâtre du Gesù, Montreal (1995)
- Festival Handiclap, Nantes, France (1995)
- Festival de théâtre amateur de Montréal (1995)
- Îles-de-la-Madeleine (three shows, 1995)
BUY A SHOW
If you work for an association and would like to present Le dernier mot to your members for entertainment or information purposes:
- for a special event;
- to give information about aphasia; or
- as a regular activity.
If you work in the industry and would like to present a show to your colleagues for entertainment or information purposes:
- during a conference;
- during a special event; or
- during a day of training.
You can get in touch with the Théâtre Aphasique administration office to find out how much a performance will cost. We offer a special price for non-profit organizations. The Théâtre Aphasique troupe performs in Montreal as well as in areas outside Montreal. Travelling and accommodation costs are at the buyer’s expense.
Technical requirements for a Théâtre Aphasique show:
- A conveniently sized hall to accommodate the desired quantity of audience members
- A raised or regular venue measuring at least 12 ft. x 12 ft.