Friday, May 3, 2013

Contest: The Charge of the Expormidable Moose

The Charge of the Expormidable Moose

Tarragon Theatre Extra Space. May 10-26, 2013

The language gap probably has something to do with it, but a lot of people in English-speaking Canada know very little about les Automatistes, art-world rabble-rousers whose work prefigured (and to some extent helped provoke) the Quiet Revolution.

To the extent they are known, it's usually in association with the painters who dominated the group, especially founder Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle. They also produced Refus Globale ("Total Refusal"), a radical manifesto that brought them to infamy. It's less-widely noted, but the artists in the group were not just painters and included playwright Claude Gauvreau.

La charge de l'orignal épormyable, generally considered to be his masterpiece, has never been performed in English. Until now. Local troupe One Little Goat (billing themselves as "North America's only theatre company devoted to contemporary poetic theatre") is tackling the play (which "revolves around a poet who is mocked and envied by his fellow housemates – or are they fellow inmates?") for an upcoming run. This is a rare opportunity to get an inside view of an important part of Québecois culture — and find out just what an Expormidable Moose is.


There are fifteen performances (including Sunday matinées) in the Tarragon Extra Space (30 Bridgman Avenue Toronto). Tickets are $25 ($20 for students/seniors/artists and there are some Friday and Sunday rush tickets for $13). You can grab them online (with no service fees!) here.


Courtesy of One Little Goat, I have a pair of tickets to give away! They are good for any performance apart from opening night and the closing weekend.

To enter, shoot me an email to, with "Moose" in the title and your name in the body. I'll randomly draw a winner at the end of Thursday, May 9th.

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