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
“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.
- “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
- "...an engaging, gripping piece of work...brought to vivid life by Thompson's performance, alternately comic, tragic, and bracingly primal." - Winnipeg Free Press
- Get a sneak peek! This production of ELLE was first presented at Theatre Passe Muraille last year.