Les Filles du Roi May Workshop

Exciting new directions...

Hello everyone,

We wanted to share some photos and news from our latest workshop for Les Filles du Roi, which took place May 16-20, 2016 at the Italian Cultural Centre.

The focus of this workshop week was character development and fine-tuning the first 20 pages of the script. Co-creators Julie McIsaac and Corey Payette worked with dramaturge Anita Rochon and a cast of wonderful actors to explore the draft and flesh out characters. By the end of the week, an eager audience confirmed that the characters and stories really are coming to life. We're especially excited that the character of Katari, a young Mohawk girl, is emerging as one of the focal points of Les Filles du Roi.  After the excerpt, we polled the audience to see which character they were the most curious about, and the unanimous choice was Katari.  That's very exciting for us, as we continue to explore our collaboration between Settler and Indigenous viewpoints. We also heard that audiences are fascinated by the history of les filles du roi. Many shared that they had read about les filles in school, but were now coming to learn just how much was missing from these accounts. We even had two audience members whose own families traced back to this history!

I think I speak for the entire Fugue Team (and the audience at the reading!) when I say that I can't wait to find out where the story goes next.

Here are some photos I snapped at the workshop. From left to right, you'll see Anita Rochon, Kevin Loring, Laura Di Cicco, Robyn Wallis, Kaitlyn Yott, Jesse Martin, Corey Payette and Julie McIsaac. Hope you enjoy, and stay tuned for more!

Barbara, for The Fugue Team