The last show of 2018 for Les Productions Le Moulin in Clare is billed as a solo dance-storytelling-multimedia show and one woman’s personal account of growing up with cancer and a glass eye.
Stephanie Morin-Robert, the show’s writer/performer, has described Blindside as “a deeply personal story but one that has a power and importance far beyond me.”
She will present it Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Marc-Lescarbot theatre in Church Point.
Paul-Émile Comeau, a spokesman for Les Productions Le Moulin, notes that Blindside is their 99th concert and he says they’re thrilled to have this unique, award-winning show that has been quite a hit in Central and Western Canada.
“It’s unlike anything people will have ever seen and it’s often hilarious,” he said, adding that some Maritime locations have added daytime shows in order to bring students to see it.
“That wasn’t practical for us,” he said, “but we did organize workshops with Stephanie in local schools. We strongly hope that parents will bring their children aged 10 and up to see this unforgettable show. Everyone will come out of it a better person for having seen it.”
Reviewers have described it as “expert physical comedy” and “a triumph of storytelling.”
The show’s awards include most outstanding production at the London Fringe Festival, as well as outstanding original work and “best of fest” at the Ottawa Fringe Festival. The show had sold-out runs at fringe festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton.
Morin-Robert recalls discovering her passion for creativity and performance when she was a little girl. She says it was her way of expressing herself and working through her insecurities and family struggles.
In the bio on her website, she says that in all of her work she’s “interested in normalizing conversations about disability, difference and other difficult subject matter.”
She recalls that when she first started writing Blindside, “it was a difficult and terrifying process” and that it took much personal growth to get the show where it is now.
Its main theme, she says, is “the power of honesty in storytelling to facilitate understanding, empathy, vulnerability and trust.”
Showtime for Blindside on Nov. 7 is 7:30 p.m. (It lasts an hour and 15 minutes, with no intermission.)
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $10 for students. They are available at Saulnierville Pharmacy, Weymouth Drug Store, Ocean Blue Music (Yarmouth) and La Shoppe Verte (Concession). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org