Adapted by Severn Thompson from the book by Douglas Glover
February 23, 2017 - March 12, 2017
Preview - February 22, 2017
An epic tale of survival from Canada’s distant past

Based on a true story and adapted from the Governor General’s Award-winning novel, Elle chronicles the ordeals and adventures of a young French woman deliberately marooned on a desolate island off the coast of Newfoundland in 1542. Sometimes harrowing and often funny, Elle brilliantly reinvents the beginnings of this country’s narrative through bears (both real and spirit) and the embracing of one’s environment.

Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission

A Theatre Passe Muraille production

Theatre Passe Muraille gratefully acknowledges the generous support of
TD Bank Group as National Tour Sponsor of ELLE.


“Severn Thompson…is absolutely captivating. (She) holds the audience’s attention in a vice grip with her precision, depth and hilarity. Her script is beautifully poetic, and she is a master of its delivery. Through her words and conviction, she creates a landscape and characters that were as vivid and clear as if they had been on stage with her.” – Mooney on Theatre

Bob Says:

“This is a story unlike any I’ve ever seen, with an unusual narrative style illuminating a period in our country’s history that you don’t usually see onstage. This story, woven about a young woman on a barren island -- the hardships she endures through the bleakness of winter and the positive relationship she establishes with the Indigenous man who teaches her to become part of the land-- is perfect for the sesquicentennial of our country. Severn has done a beautiful job of adapting the Douglas Glover novel, and gives a deep and rich performance as the woman who faces incredible adversity and survives to tell the tale.

  • What our audience says

    “Severn Thompson is so amazing in ELLE …. 90 minutes of a runaway train.” - Terry MacLeod

    "Tortuous emotion & physicality of Severn Thompson will stun you!" - Cheryl Sharfe via Twitter

    "The performance Severn Thompson gives in Prairie Theatre Exchange's ELLE is one of the most powerful and funny I've ever seen. Check this play out!" - Nicholas Friesen via Twitter

    "Amazing, haunting. Highly recommend." - Dorothy Friesen via Facebook

    "I saw this opening night, it was fantastic! Go see it!" - Victoria Nikkel via Facebook

    "So powerful" - Vikki Briggs via Facebook

    "Saw it opening night, it was fantastic! If I could I would go again!" - Cecil Mann Nelson via Facebook

    "Excellent acting! Really enjoyed it!" - Susan McClenaghan Wiste via Facebook

    "Incredible performance! - Brian Brown via Facebook

    "Brava!! Mesmerizing performance." - Debra Black via Facebook


  • What the critics say

    "...an engaging, gripping piece of work...brought to vivid life by Thompson's performance, alternately comic, tragic, and bracingly primal." - Winnipeg Free Press

    "Thompson connects us to an extraordinary character" - Winnipeg Free Press
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    "Thompson... is a force. The strength and frankness of her speaking voice provides the perfect vehicle for the expression of Marguerite’s erotic power, her instinctual aliveness." - Colin Thomas
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  • VIDEO - See the trailer

    Get a sneak peek! This production of ELLE was first presented at Theatre Passe Muraille last year.

Jonathan Fisher
Severn Thompson

Directed by Christine Brubaker
Dramaturgy by Christine Brubaker & Andy McKim
Production Design by Jennifer Goodman
Sound Design & Original Music by Lyon Smith
Movement by Viv Moore
Production Manager & Technical Director: Jason Golinsky
Tour Production Manager: Rebecca Vandevelde
Stage Manager: Sandy Plunkett

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