A Clash of Symbols

Written by:

Marthe Blackburn, Marie-Claire Blais, Nicole Brossard, Odette Gagnon, Luce Guilbeault, Pol Pelletier, France Théoret, translated by Linda Gaboriau

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama
Feminist Theatre
Quebec Theatre
Translation

Themes:

Feminism
Women
Women's History

Year Written:

1976

Synopsis:

“Taken together, A Clash of Symbols make a radical feminist dramatic statement proclaiming an immediate end to women’s compliance with patriarchal practices, authority, and traditions. The primary dynamics of the play arise from the dramatic conflict constructed between the performers on stage and the audience, whose active role is to serve as a microcosm of sexist and homophobic society… In most of the monologues the character makes a strong gesture casting off some item symbolizing the conventional feminine role she has played up to that moment and the oppression it signified.” (From “Introduction to A Clash of Symbols (La Nef des sorcières) by Marthe Blackburn, Marie-Claire Blais, Nicole Brossard, Odette Gagnon, Luce Guilbeault, Pol Pelletier, and France Théoret, Introduced by Louise H. Forsyth” in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume One (1966-1986))

Characters:

A MAD ACTRESS

THE CHANGE OF LIFE

THE SAMPLE

THE DATE

MARCELLE

THE WRITER

First Produced:

Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde, Montréal, 1976

Resources:

A Clash of Symbols is available through Playwrights Canada Press in Anthology of Quebec Women’s Plays in English Translation Volume One (1966-1986), edited by Louise H Forsyth.

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