La Pire Espèce

La Pire Espèce is a brotherhood of merry demiurges, artisans of the extraordinary who are firm believers in hybrids and interminglings. Inspired by the art of clowns, by fairground barkers and puppeteers, its theatre combines raw materials with unbridled imagination, baroque plenitude with surgical precision.

Since 1999, Pire Espèce has been borrowing techniques from different disciplines such as puppetry, theatre of objects, clowning, cabaret and street theatre. By exploring the creative process, it explores stage conventions and the rules of dramatic narration, and seeks to establish a close complicity with the audience.

La Pire Espèce is also seventeen original works, one exhibition, two street theatre pieces, four cabarets and more than 1600 performances. Half of that number were performed abroad during recurrent tours in Europe and around the world. Its work include also two Spanish translations, two English translations and a bold adaptation for both the deaf and the non-hearing impaired, five co-productions in quebec and in Europe and several professional workshops for theatre artists and teachers.

La Pire Espèce is also a troupe committed to its milieu being both the driving force behind the largest independent theatre ticket subscription network in Canada between 2004 and 2015 – Carte Premières – and a founding member of a new creative and performance space for up-and-coming theatre companies – Aux Écuries.

“They are of La Pire Espèce (of The Worst Kind...)... Great seducers despite themselves; manipulators of raw emotion; counter-top blenders that clarify your emotional butter before churning it into stardust and scrambling what’s left into a moon-shaped omelette. They are exactly as they were this summer in Verdun when we adored their encore performance of Ubu on the table. Irresistible, whatever your age. Because their performances don’t target a single audience group. Instead, they juggle with with many levels of interpretation by fantastically spoon-feeding toddlers, enticing schoolchildren with Lego projects, seducing teens with hip kingpin bling, and taunting adults with 48th-degree sexual references. Even the adults in the audience wind up up laughing like toddlers during performances. No doubt they would hand a walker to their ancestors and have them stroll around drunk with laughter.”

Brigitte Manolo - DFDanse.com, November 2012

Its specimens

Go to the Contact section to join each member of our team.


Olivier Ducas
Artist, and Artistic Co-Director


Photo: Yanick MacDonald

Olivier Ducas is a graduate of the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, class of 199X. His decisive encounter with Francis Monty led in 1999 to the founding of Théâtre de la Pire Espèce, where he serves as co-artistic director and works as a playwright, actor, director and manipulator. He is the co-creator of the company’s productions (Ubu on the Table, Perseus, Gestes impies et rites sacrés as well as Die Reise or the many faces of Felix Mirbt) that have toured across Canada, Europe, Mexico and Brazil. In 2008, he single-handedly wrote and directed Roland, la vérité du vainqueur, based on The Song of Roland, a show for two actor-storytellers for teen audiences. In 2014, he repeated the experience with Villes, adding solo performer to his list of credits. In addition to his creative work, Ducas also gives object theatre classes for professionals, theatre school professors and theatre students.


Francis Monty
Artist, and Artistic Co-Director


Photo : Yanick MacDonald

A 1997 graduate of the playwrighting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, Francis Monty is a theatrical jack of all trades – directing, clowning, puppetry and his many writing projects all intertwine. In 1999 he co-founded Théâtre de la Pire Espèce with Olivier Ducas, and both share the position of artistic director. He has co-created many of the company’s plays, including Ubu on the table and Perseus. A number of his plays have travelled across Canada, and to Brazil and Europe, including Par les temps qui rouillent, Déclownestration, Traces de cloune, Léon le nul, Ernest T., Petit bonhomme en papier carbone and Nous sommes mille en équilibre fragile. He received the 2005 Masque award for best original script for Romances et karaoké, the 2014 Cochon dramatique for best original script for Petit bonhomme en papier carbone at the Gala des Cochons d’or and Ernest T. was nominated for best original script for young audiences for the Louise LaHaye Award.


In collaboration with many fine artists:

Étienne Blanchette
Manon Claveau
Daniel Desparois
Mathieu Doyon
Thomas Godefroid
Mathieu Gosselin
Marcelle Hudon
Nicolas Letarte
Alexandre Leroux
Marc Mauduit
Julie Vallée-Léger

And their dynamic team:

Marie-Christine André
Jeanne Bertoux
Clémence Doray

Pascale Joubert


We also want to recognize the contribution of our one our founders and favourite innovators, David Lavoie. David was the company’s executive director for more than 10 years. We worked together and he spearheaded the creation of Théâtre Aux Écuries as well as the Carte Prem1ères subscription. To this day, he remains a valuable La Pire Espèce contributor and he continues to share our ideals through his active participation on our Board of Directors.

Its success

The quality of the productions has met with accolades, and the company has received several nominations
and awards in Canada and in Europe.

Ubu sur la table (Ubu on the table)
- OFQJ-RIDEAU award, for best production, Québec, Canada (2003)
- Critic’s award at the Festivalul International de Teatru Atelier in Baia Mare, Romania (2007)
- Best performance at the International Puppet Theatre Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2010)
- Jury’s special award for the innovation in object puppetry at the International Puppet Festival «Visiting Arlekin» in Omsk, Russia (2013)

Monsieur Ratichon dans… La vie est un match
- Nominee for best sound design at the Gala des Masques, Montreal, Canada (2006)

Roland, la vérité du vainqueur
- Accès culture’s award at the RIDEAU conference, Québec, Canada (2009)
- nominee for best perfomance for young audience at the Theatrical Critics’ Association of Quebec.

Gestes impies et rites sacrés
- Best theatre innovation at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Montreal, Canada (2010)
- Best costume design at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Montreal, Canada (2010)

Die Reise ou les visages variables de Felix Mirbt (Die Reise or the many faces of Felix Mirbt)
- Best team cooperation at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Montreal, Canada (2012)
- Best sound design (Nicolas Letarte) at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Montreal, Canada (2012)
- Best actrice (Marcelle Hudon) at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Montreal, Canada (2012)
- Jury’s award at the Gala des Cochons d’or de Carte Prem1ères, Montreal, Canada (2012)

Petit bonhomme en papier carbon (Carbon Copy boy)
- Best production at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Montreal, Canada (2014)
- Best original script (Francis Monty) at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Montreal, Canada (2014)
- Best sound design (Mathieu Doyon) at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Montreal, Canada (2014)
- Best set design, shared with the play Villes, at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Montreal, Canada (2014)

Villes, collection particulière (Cities)
- Best set design, shared with the play Petit bonhomme en papier carbone, at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Montreal, Canada (2014)

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