A Completely Original Theatrical Gem
Based on the novel by Chester Brown
adapted and directed by Zach Fraser
Nominated for 7 METAs (Montreal English Theatre Awards) this year, including ‘Best Director’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Theatre’, the show premiered last February at Théatre La Chapelle in Montreal. The show is based on the celebrated graphic novel which so beautifully illustrates the story of the enigmatic historical figure, Louis Riel, RustWerk ReFinery’s theatrical adaptation simply pops with the vibrant and stunning artistry of the original source.
Puppetry, a natural theatrical extension of the comic-book depiction, offers powerful perspectives, rich details, and vivid lively storytelling. Louis Riel breathes in life-sized 2 dimensions, he mourns in shadow-imagery, and rallies his men in the voice of the actor. A piece of Canada’s history is sketched out on stage document by document, fort by fort, prayer by prayer, and battle by battle. Riel himself is nothing if not conflicted; troubled by visions and personal discussions with God, he is a gifted leader in a time when defying the dominant society was a treacherous affair.
Louis Riel – a comic-strip stage play is at times charged in controversy and irreverent in its depiction of historical figures. None of them are left untouched; and all of us are left to marvel.