December 14 – December 16

La terre est gronde

In-house production

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“New works are bigger than the classics now,” said someone who is probably very smart. Northern Ontario playwright Michel Ouellette (Governor General’s Award 1994, French Town) is writing his eighth play for the TNO, but his first for a community production.

In front of a cottage, on an island in the middle of a river, Hubert and Henriette, their bellies hollowed out by hunger, wait for the end. The rich arrive: Trudy and Crayon, the owners of the island, accompanied by Hugo, the golf pro. The trio has just left the city to escape the economic, environmental and health crises. Then, itll be Mimi, Dodo, Nini, Titi, Kaka, Nono and Tatas turn to come out of the ground, where they were digging up the mystery, the mystery of the hole. Why were they in the hole? Maybe the Earth isnt a separate entity from humans, not just an object, not just a backdrop. Maybe nowadays, the only way to achieve a certain kind of ecological thinking is through the arts.


Comical theatre, Franco-Ontarian theatre 

Absurd theatre to point out the defects of our times 

Existentialism and human frailty: theatre that goes against reason and common sense 


Location: La Grande Salle, Place des Arts
Duration: 75 minutes, without intermission

December 14 representation: There will be a public reading before the show of La reine se recompose. (More details to come)

December 16 representations: The Foire hivernale (winter market) is back for the second year at Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. (More details to come)

Spokesperson: Monique Beaudoin, humanitarian and community, artistic and cultural activist

*This play is presented in French only.


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  • Written by
    • Michel Ouellette
  • Directed by
    • Dillon Orr
  • Assistant Director, Dramaturg and Assistant Stage Manager
    • Sylvie Harrison
  • Scenography
    • Marie-Pierre Proulx
  • Scenography Intern
    • Jasmine Morin
  • Costumes and Production Manager
    • Céline Lepage
  • Sound
    • Dan Bédard
  • Lighting
    • Francis Tousignant
  • Props
    • Marc Bossé
  • Stage Manager
    • Pierre Paul Mongeon
  • Stage Managing Intern
    • Angéline Breton
  • Technical Direction
    • Anne Parent
  • Cast
    • Justin Bélanger
    • Marie-Josée Charrier
    • Camille Dillon
    • Caleb Gagnon
    • Marc Huneault
    • Miguelle-Éloïse Lachance
    • Denis Lapalme
    • Marc Larivière
    • Michelle Loubert
    • Isaac Robitaille
    • Nadia Simard
    • Darlene Sovereign
A Production by


Justin Bélanger


Marie-Josée Charrier


Camille Dillon


Caleb Gagnon


Marc Huneault


Miguelle-Éloïse Lachance


Denis Lapalme


Marc Larivière


Michelle Loubert


Isaac Robitaille


Nadia Simard


Darlene Sovereign



December 14 show: There will be a public lecture (in French) of La reine se recompose by Michel Ouellette at 5:30pm (before the first show) in the Grande Salle of the Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury. It’s a whole new script to discover for the first time! Cast: Hélène Dallaire, Michel Ouellette et Chloé Thériault.

December 15 show: New twist, LA FAIM will be exceptionally presented under the format of the Dinner theatre package, before the show ! Reserve your ticket under Dinner theatre package as of now! It’s the perfect opportunity to discover the eclectic menu of the Bistro’s new chef-manager: Craig-Aaron!

December 16 shows: Craft and story time will be offered during our 2:30pm show. We invite you to reserve your childs spot (for free) by selecting Craft and Story time at the time of purchasing your tickets for the show. They can take part in a craft activity, an animation and a snack !

The Foire hivernale will be back for a second edition in the Studio Desjardins at Place des Arts du Grand Sudbury, from 2pm to 7:30pm, come discover some great makers !

*Let’s not forget that the Holiday Season is just around the corner! We have an excellent suggestion for an ECORESPONSIBLE gift that’s suitable for all ages: a TNO gift card! Your family and friends will be very grateful for the opportunity to enjoy a theatrical experience by selecting the play of their choice! Press the next button to purchase a gift card!

The TNO would like to acknowledge the contribution of Baker Tilly, Desjardins and École Nationale des Théâtres as show partners.

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