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Ottawa: NAC French Theatre presents “Pinocchio” by Joël Pommerat May 29-June 1

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

This version of Pinocchio traces a vile, ungrateful puppet’s journey toward becoming human. Stripping the familiar story of its marvellous bestiary, the play exposes the harsh reality at its core, in all its troubling strangeness. An extraordinary piece of theatre, the kind only Joël Pommerat can carve.


May 29 to 31 at 7:30 p.m., June 1st at 4:00 p.m. in the NAC Babs Asper Theatre
Performed in French only with no English surtitles
All ages (starting from 8 years old)

"What's obvious about Joël Pommerat's theatre is the beauty in every detail,
the kind of beauty that mesmerizes both the mind and spirit."
Brigitte Salino, Le Monde, August 13, 2008 (transl.)

Based on the story by: Carlo Collodi 
A theatrical creation by: Joël Pommerat

Cast: Myriam Assouline, Mohamed Elasri, Pierre-Yves Chapalain, Daniel Dubois and Maya Vignando
Production: Compagnie Louis Brouillard
Coproduction: Please visit the performance page on our website for detailed credits.
Running time: approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with no intermission



Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at Alliance Française Ottawa: dramatic reading of Le petit chaperon rouge, a play written and directed by Joël Pommerat, followed by a discussion with Stéphanie Boyer, a teacher with a passion for children’s literature.

Free - All ages (starting from 7 years old) – Limited number of seats

Tuesday, May 28 at NAC Azrieli Studio: special screening of the documentary Joël Pommerat, le théâtre comme absolu (in French only) by Blandine Armand, followed by a discussion between Brigitte Haentjens, artistic director of NAC French Theatre, and Anne de Amézaga, codirector of Compagnie Louis Brouillard.
Running time: 60 minutes

Thursday, May 30 at NAC Babs Asper Theatre: post-show talk.

For tickets visit

Photo: Scene from Pinocchio. © Elizabeth Carecchio.