Caution : Fragile

ALL AUDIENCES, 5 +. CO-PRODUCED WITH L’ARRIÈRE SCÈNE

SYNOPSIS

In a seemingly empty space, two bubble-wrapped characters are delivered, followed by office furniture accompanied by instruction manuals. What is their purpose? Through an accumulation of various objects, the two beings improvise their sudden consciousness trying as they might not to bump into things or into each other. After all, « life consists of moving from one place to another, trying your best not to bump into things », once said George Perec.

DIRECTOR’S WORD

What if we only needed very little?

Don’t we live in a dizzying time ? When I observe my life, I keep seeing myself navigating through the labyrinth of my own contradictions. It’s difficult not to be torn between our selfish desires for quick happiness and the need to make advised decisions for our planet. 

Caution and Fragile are new, fresh-out of their boxes and their bubble wrap. They are invited to build their own life. But an instruction manual doesn’t explain everything… Between the blurred outlines of existence and the accumulation that stems from overconsumption, it seems difficult for them to see clearly, think ahead and make good decisions. 

This play could be a metaphor of the human condition, a metaphor of this endearing, inventive, amazing yet disoriented and destructive humanity. If I was being delivered in a box and could hit the reset button on my own life, would I have the courage to see the world in a different way? Is accumulation necessary to feel happy?

Liliane Boucher, director and co-writer

CREDITS

Playwright: Jean-François Guilbault and Liliane Boucher
Director: Liliane Boucher
Actors: Jean-François Guilbault, Philomène Lévesque-Rainville and Guillaume St-Amand
Lighting: Cédric Delorme-Bouchard
Set: Kevin Pinvidic

Costume: Linda Brunelle

Music: Michel Smith
Stage Management and Assistant director: Gabrielle Girard

Life-Cycle

Life is like riding a bicycle…

Albert Einstein


A man returns home after a lengthy absence. He is confronted with family roots that don’t suit him anymore. No one knows who he is or where he comes from. He must reconnect with his own identity. An old bicycle motivates him to start looking for his roots. Hopping on the two-wheeler the man will gauge his life and go off looking for a new leaf to turn.

In a world filled with magical realism and tinkered magic, the bicycle is more than a mere object. It is a fundamental component of life that you need to ride to keep moving.

The project stems from a meeting between circus artist Guillaume Doin and DynamO Théâtre coartistic director Yves Simard following a training session he previously gave.