L’Effet Hyde

All audiences from 14 years-old

In a bid to give his dark and depraved side free rein, the good Dr. Jeckyll discovers a substance that will split his meek and erudite self from his instinctive and brutal self. From then on, he lives a double life as each of his alter egos lives its true nature to the fullest. Those close to him watch… and worry.

L’Effet Hyde is based on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Written in 1886, this fantastic tale—harbinger of modern psychology—forcefully expresses the soul’s duality. L’Effet Hyde makes this chemical thriller its own and tries to expose the meteorological manifestations of the unconscious.

The creative process
Long-time collaborators Marcelle Hudon and Francis Monty from Théâtre de la Pire Espèce combine their favourite theatrical media (masks, puppets and shadow theatre) with the power of words and live music to evoke the mystery and the strangeness of this Victorian-era fable. The varying theatrical approaches and levels thus created work together to illustrate the characters’ different levels of consciousness: reality, dream state, memory, fabulation…

“We really enjoy conflating the ethical issues raised by these characters with those raised by the original Jekyll and Hyde. We also love playing with the notion that any of us might go off the deep end because of social pressure.”

Marcelle Hudon

A Théâtre de la Pire Espèce and Marcelle Hudon coproduction 

Story: Francis Monty, based on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Stage direction:
 Marcelle Hudon and Francis Monty
Masks, puppets and scenography:  Marcelle Hudon
Performance: Bernard Falaise, Louis Hudon, Marcelle Hudon and Francis Monty
Music: Bernard Falaise
Creative collaboration: Louis Hudon
Assistant stage director: Marie-Claude D’Orazio
Second assistant stage director: Jonathan Cusson
Collaboration with stage director: Olivier Ducas
Costume designer ans scenography advisor: Julie Vallée-Léger
Lighting design: Thomas Godefroid
Production and technical director: Clémence Doray
Exploration work actors: Étienne Blanchette and Anne Lalancette
Stage director intern: Joanie Fortin

« De l’alliance de Marcelle Hudon avec le Théâtre de la Pire Espèce résulte une création complexe et ludique avec différents niveaux de jeu, des manipulations sophistiquées et un fascinant artisanat qu’on ne se lasse pas d’observer. »
Françoise Boudrault, Revue Jeu, mars 2018

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