Co-creators Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette in a reconstructed Iroquois long-house circa 1450 in Tsiionhiakwatha Archeaological Site, Saint-Anicet, Quebec. Thanks to Michel Cadieux (Archaeologist) for his hosting.

Co-creators Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette in a reconstructed Iroquois long-house circa 1450 in Tsiionhiakwatha Archeaological Site, Saint-Anicet, Quebec. Thanks to Michel Cadieux (Archaeologist) for his hosting.

Les Filles du Roi

LES FILLES DU ROI is a new, trilingual musical that uses cross-cultural collaboration to explore how difference can create both challenge and opportunity. Fugue Theatre has commissioned Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette to create this project as a way to address the historical roots of the current debates about migration, cultural diversity, gender equality and Indigenous sovereignty. The project draws on the writers’ personal connections to their French and Indigenous heritage, historical research and cultural collaboration with Mohawk community.

The show traces the arrival of the historical filles du roi to Canada in the 1600s. The musical’s narrative is set in motion by the arrival of a French ship in the summer of 1665. Young fille du roi Marie Jeanne Lespérance discovers that her hopes for a new life are complicated by the competing interests of the people of Ville-Marie (later Montréal), the nearby Mohawk settlement of Kahnawà:ke, and the British settlements further south. Over the course of four tumultuous seasons, French, Mohawk, Métis and English characters build a complex web of relationships that sets the stage for the Canada we know today.

Check out the latest news for updates on workshops and public readings, and to learn more about the creation process.