10 years and older French 65 minutes Available for touring

The Little Chalk Circle

His epic story, sometimes funny, sometimes touching, follows the incredible journey of Groucha, the servant of a state governor assassinated during a revolutionary attack. As the governor’s wife flees, leaving behind her infant son, Groucha, chased by the revolutionaries, escapes with the child in an attempt to save the heir to the throne from a certain death.

This heroic tale by Bertolt Brecht, adapted in an intimate format, unfolds in all its richness thanks to the inventiveness and originality of the theater of objects set up by two performers as inspired as they are inspiring. Beating the drum, they lead us through all these adventures, all the way up to the ultimate test of the chalk circle, the only way to decide the matter at hand: to whom does this child belong, Blood or Attachment?

Creative Team
  • Adaptation and Director, Sara Moisan, in collaboration with Christian Ouellet
  • Starring, Christian Ouellet, Sara Moisan
  • Costume Design, Guylaine Rivard
  • Music, Guillaume Thibert
  • Lighting Design, Alexandre Nadeau
  • Motion Advisor, Dany Lefrançois
  • Acting Advisor , Guylaine Rivard
  • Object Adaptations, Martin Gagnon
  • Stage Manager, Serge Potvin or Isabeau Côté
  • Graphic Design, Patrick Simard
  • Stage play: Freely adapted version of « Le cercle de craie caucasien », written by Bertolt Brecht, in collaboration with Paul Dessau. , French translation by Georges Proser
  • L’Arche is the Editor and Theatrical Agent of the stage play, www.arche-editeur.com
Extracts from press reviews
  • « An intimate and entertaining universe with beautiful lyrical flights, this initiatory journey is full of emotions and twists and turns… An epic story brought to life by Sara Moisan and Christian Ouellet, two talentend storytellers who showcase their expertise and inventiveness in a stunning and poetic theater of objects. There is a level of preciseness both in the research and in the aesthetics, all the way down to the smallest of details, simply fascinating. » - THEATRE ACTU, Paula Gomes, France
  • «The direction, however, deserves special praise, as it is incredibly inventive… The Little Chalk Circle manages to captivate and move just as much as it is interesting: La Tortue Noire offers us a beautiful play. » - TOUTE LA CULTURE, France
  • « This theater of objects version of the Caucasian Chalk Circle is a total success for Sara Moisan and her team, as she not only starred in the play, but also led the direction and the adaptation along with her co-star Christian Ouellet. It is not an easy task to make the audience feel the soul of Brecht’s text in just an hour with wooden boxes, dolls, framed pictures, plastic figurines and pieces of fabric. Even more so when you consider that the famous distancing effect is presented here through a comedic lense which will not only undoubtedly please the younger audience, to whom the show is destined to, but also stay true to the sense of the story. Well done! » – LE DEVOIR, Michel Bélair, Canada
  • «It is the kind of show that touches the spirit, just as much as it entertains… You would have to see the play two or three times to find out all the little treasures it contains. » – LE QUOTIDIEN, Daniel Côté, Canada
  • «I personally adore Brecht because his work allows us to go pretty much anywhere, it opens the door for great things. And that is precisely what the two comedians manage to do in fantastic fashion in The Little Chalk Circle. Everybody can identify with something in their work because it brings us back to what’s essential, to the roots, to the child in all of us. And everybody was hanging from their lips, and from their story. » – RADIO-CANADA, Paule Therrien, Canada
  • «The theater of objects company La Tortue Noire has evidently decided not to underestimate the 12 to 17 years old audience to whom this show is destined to. Sara Moisan clearly considers this audience to be full of young and bright spirits capable of paying attention to a well constructed story that is sometimes funny, without having to dumb them down with jokes, anachronistic references, shabby vocabulary or burlesque gestures. » - REVUE DE THÉÂTRE JEU, Sophie Pouliot, Canada
Presentation History
  • 2020

    Mouffetard théâtre des arts de la marionnette, Paris, France

  • 2019

    Salle polyvalente de la Bibliothèque Hélène-Pedneault, Saguenay, Canada
    Théâtre des Deux Rives, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada
    Salle Murdock du Centre des arts de Chicoutimi, Saguenay, Canada

  • 2018

    Théâtre jeunesse Les gros becs, Québec, Canada
    Festival Rencontre Théâtre Ados, Laval, Canada
    Auditorium La Porte du Nord, Chibougamau, Canada
    Salle Murdock du Centre des arts de Chicoutimi, Saguenay, Canada
    Théâtre Outremont, Montréal, Canada
    Salle polyvalente de la Bibliothèque Hélène-Pedneault, Saguenay, Canada

  • 2017

    Maison de la culture de Pointe-aux-trembles, Montréal, Canada
    Biennale internationale des arts de la marionnette à Paris, Gennevilliers, France
    Pyka Puppet Estival, Fontenay-sous-Bois, France
    Bourse Rideau, Québec, Canada

  • 2016

    Théâtre Léonard Saint-Laurent, Sherbrooke, Canada
    La Maison théâtre, Montréal, Canada
    Petit théâtre de l’UQAC, Saguenay, Canada

  • 2015

    Petit théâtre de l’UQAC, Saguenay, Canada
    Festival international des arts de la marionnette (FIAMS), Saguenay, Canada
    Studio théâtre de l’UQAC, Saguenay, Canada
    Festival de marionnettes inachevées, Trois-Rivières, Canada

  • For their support during the creation of this play, La Tortue Noire would like to thank the Conseil des Arts du Canada, the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, the Conseil des Arts de Saguenay, the City of Saguenay, the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi, the Caisse Desjardins, the National Assembly of Quebec, the dental clinic Mc Nicoll and the clinic of implantology Marc Fecteau.

Prochaines représentations

There are no upcoming shows at the moment!

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4 AU 5 February 2024

Un Gamin au jardin

Côté-Scène, Sherbrooke