By David Paquet
Translated by Leanna Brodie
Directed by Jon Lachlan Stewart

Based on the original French production Le brasier, produced by Homme Allumette and directed by Philippe Cyr.
Presented by Talisman Theatre as part of the Wildside Festival in partnership with La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines and Centaur Theatre.
With French surtitles

Jan 16 – 28, 2023


"With this year's Wildside offering I am pleased to continue to introduce Centaur audiences to bold experimental theatre. This has always been what Wildside is at its core, and it allows Centaur to encourage and support theatre creators from a great diversity of backgrounds in our community. It is a privilege to work closely with innovative artists that are creating unconventional theatre; theatre that challenges its audience and explores deeply personal yet worldly ideas and issues. We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines for a fourth consecutive year."
Rose Plotek, Wildside Curator

About the show

Opening with a curse from a strange baby, featuring a cast of socially offbeat characters, a caged child, a murderous pet tarantula and a dead cat, Wildfire is a tragicomedy as fiercely dark as any from classical Greece. Structured as a multi-generational triptych, it tells the story of six characters trying to escape a toxic family heritage. In this magnificently constructed spiral of fatality, Paquet attacks our failing collective consciousness and the ensuing general apathy.

The play Le brasier is the recipient of the BMO Award as well as the Sony LabouTansi International Francophone Theatre Award. It was also nominated for the prestigious Prix Michel-Tremblay. It was first produced by the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui and L’Homme allumette, directed by Philippe Cyr. It was later brought back by popular demand, remounted at Usine C, and produced in Mexico and Switzerland.


Cast and Crew

David Paquet
Leanna Brodie
Jon Lachlan Stewart
Philippe Cyr
Original Director
Julie Tamiko Manning
Claudie, Carole
Kathleen Stavert
Claudine, Caroline
Davide Chiazzese
Claudette, Clément

Creative Team

Playwright - DAVID PAQUET / Translator - LEANNA BRODIE / Director – JON LACHLAN STEWART / Original Director - PHILIPPE CYR / Set and Costumes - ODILE GAMACHE / Lighting Design - CÉDRIC DELORME-BOUCHARD / Sound Design - MYKALLE BIELINSKI / Stage Manager – AVA BISHOP / Costumes Assistant - LEONIE BLANCHET

Watch the Wildfire teaser now!