Elle, the Play

The Trailer


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Severn Thompson’s stage adaptation of my novel Elle will start its winter tour with performances at the Old Town Hall Theatre in my hometown of Waterford, Ontario. Champagne galas at the first and last performance. The last night I will do a talkback onstage after the show. Schedule and tickets here.

Capture-3The Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver has announced its 2016/17 season, and Elle, the play, will be there.



CaptureElle nominated for Outstanding New Play

Severn Thompson’s stage adaptation of my novel Elle is on the short list for a Dora Award in the Outstanding New Play category. The Doras are given out by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.

Read the May 30 Globe and Mail announcement @The Doras 2016: The best in Toronto theatre have a distinctly Canadian flavour.




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February 22 – March 12, 2017, at Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg


Elle at Theatre Passe Muraille

January 14 – 31, 2016, at Theatre Passe Muraille

Adapted by Severn Thompson
Directed by Christine Brubaker
Starring Severn Thompson & Jonathan Fisher
Production Design by Jennifer Goodman
Sound Design by Lyon Smith

A Theatre Passe Muraille Production

In the TPM Mainspace

This is an adaptation of a Governor General award-winning novel by Douglas Glover. Based on a true story from the life of Marguerite de Roberval, Elle chronicles the ordeals and adventures of a young French woman marooned on the desolate Isle of Demons in 1542 at the time of France’s ill-fated third attempt to colonize Canada.

The Sieur de Roberval abandons his unruly young niece, her lover, and her nurse on the Isle of Demons. With real bears, spirit bears, and perhaps hallucinated bears, with the residue of a somewhat lurid religious faith, and with a world of self-preserving belligerence, the voluble heroine of Elle does more than survive. Elle brilliantly reinvents the beginnings of this country’s history: what Canada meant to the early European adventurers, what these Europeans meant to Canada’s original inhabitants. While Marguerite de Roberval’s experience of Canada in 1542 is not as well known as Jacques Cartier’s, her open-minded engagement with that environment and its people was ahead of its time, and is certainly more relevant and inspiring for us today than Cartier’s attempt to colonize and conquer.

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