TALISMAN'S MISSION is to present English-language premières of contemporary Quebecois works to Montreal audiences. In this way we fill a void in Montreal's theatre community--bringing the visceral intensity of Quebecois culture to non-Francophones. We have two unique strengths that allow us to accomplish this: we retain the essence of traditional Quebecois theatrical practice as part of our hybrid development process, and we have a talented, bilingual team with a unique artistic approach.
TALISMAN'S ACHIEVEMENTS include winning two METAs in 2012--Best actress & Best New Transaltion--, being nominated for three MECCAs in 2010 --Best Production, Best Director, Best Lighting--. In 2009 we were selected by the Centaur Theatre for its Brave New Looks--a slot in the Centaur's programming reserved for the best of Montreal's up-and-coming theatre companies. Our 2008 production won the Prix de la critique by L'Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre (AQCT) for Best English language production: "...Talisman could well be an important contributor to the reunification of the 'two solitudes'". Our 2007 production was nominated for the Prix de la critique in 2007.
About Our Charity
Help support: Billy (The Days of Howling) (October 2014)
Written by Fabien Cloutier
Translated by Nadine Desrochers
Directed by Emma Tibaldo
Our 2014-2015 Season’s production of "Billy (The Days of Howling)" will be an English-language Canadian Premiere!
With Billy (The Days of Howling), Fabien Cloutier releases a tsunami of anger built entirely on
prejudices, stereotypes and our ignorance of others. Three characters, who view each other as
lesser or wanting, are confronted by the repercussions of unforgiving judgments. The play makes us
reflect on our vision of community and strives to uncover why we are unable to really engage with one
This play will be produced in Montreal at La Chapelle in October 2014.