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Jusqu’où te mènera Montréal ?

Jamais Lu

A theatrical, literary, touristically incorrect cabaret as well as a dreamy, fiery and exhilarating celebration! The invigorating, trenchant portrait of a city that might very well seem strange to us.


A territory inhabited for 4000 years by Amerindian peoples, a city « founded » by the French, conquered by the English and for a long time caught in the grip of Catholicism. Montreal is growing, seeking and stumbling, intent on asserting itself loudly and clearly in the eyes of a world undergoing massive change. Let us pay tribute to the city with this theatrical, literary, touristically incorrect cabaret. Make way for a dreamy, fiery and exhilarating celebration!

Seven Montreal writers from a wide range of backgrounds spent weeks walking the streets of neighbourhoods on this big island, districts they were unfamiliar with such as Beaconsfield, Hochelaga Maisonneuve, Westmount, etc. From a Congolese immigrant to a First Nations writer, they all responded to mischievous writing instructions that hijacked the bromides of a tourism guide. Terse reflections, poetic flights of fancy, suave dialogues and other offbeat postcards paint an invigorating, trenchant portrait of a city that might very well seem strange to us.


Produced by Jamais Lu + Théâtre Aux Écuries
Ideated and directed by Martin Faucher
Authors Sébastien David + Alexis Diamond + Anne-Marie Guilmaine + Thomas Hellman + Pierre Lefebvre + Melissa Mollen Dupuis + Marie Louise Bibish Mumbu
Photographers Jérémie Battaglia + Kevin Calixte + Léa Castonguay
Performed by Alex Bergeron + Karine Gonthier-Hyndman + Sharon Ibgui + Etienne Lou + Papy Maurice Mbwiti
Live music Navet Confit + Guido Del Fabbro + Benoit Landry
Lighting designer, assistant to director and stage manager Marie-Aube St-Amant‒Duplessis
Production Manager Samuel Patenaude

Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
With the support of Fondation Cole

Presented by Hyatt Regency Montréal in association with Société de la Place des Arts + Atelier 10
An event part of the official programming of the 375th anniversary of Montreal

Written by Paul Lefebvre
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Promotional video Jérémie Battaglia

Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on June 7, 2017


Jamais Lu (Montreal)

Since its inception in 2002, Jamais Lu has focused on public presentations of new playscripts, paying special attention to emerging playwrights.

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