At first glance, it seems difficult to talk about Impatience. It’s a show, but what’s the story? It’s a performance, but who are the players? It’s a presentation, but what do we see onstage? In other words, what do we tell the students to prepare them well? Perhaps Impatience encourages us to formulate the answers for ourselves while the show unfolds before our eyes… This show teaches us to go with the unfamiliar and invites us to trust the vision that the artists share with us.
Nevertheless, when speaking to students, we must find a thread to hang onto! Let’s just tell them that Impatience is a meeting between two professional actors and teens chosen at the end of workshops led by Anne-Marie Ouellet. The three student-actors, Gloria, Dieudonné, and Natasha, come from different Toronto high schools, chosen because they reflect a lively and diverse Francophonie. Together, the team builds a show whose voice is that of youth. In effect, Impatience isn’t a filter between the teenager and the spectator but rather a megaphone for those onstage to express themselves as they are. Anne-Marie Ouellet is a discreet guide, loving and respectful of the raw words that she helps convey to the public.
Impatience is not Les Zinspirés, as you well know. Of course, these two creations have one major point in common: adolescence. These two projects also reflects Théâtre français de Toronto’s desire to place youth at the heart of its artistic plan. Come and discover Impatience, which opens a door on a reality that has, for the moment, too little space at the theatre.