Runway (original French title – Tarmac)

Written by:

Pascale St-Onge

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • Women: 4

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Bereavement
Coming of Age
Family
Freedom
Isolation
Loss
Memory
Running away
Siblings

Length:

75 min.

Year Written:

2015

Synopsis:

Runway, by Pascale St-Onge (original title: Tarmac), translated by Alexis Diamond

Since their sister Effy disappeared, her sisters do what they can to fill the absence she left behind: Eda spends her nights trying to spot Effy’s face in dark, crowded night clubs, and Aby sticks her head in the aquarium. Effy is trying to locate a sense of belonging on the airport runway, while her sisters search for their sense of self, of being alive, which eludes them. A coming-of-age tale about memory, loss and freedom.

Characters:

Eda, the eldest (18-21 years old)
Effy, the middle child (15-16 years old)
Aby, the youngest (13-14 years old)
Arno (male) is about the same age as Aby.
The One We’ll Call James Dean (male) is about the same age as Eda.
Flight Attendant, can be any age, or ageless. The Flight Attendant could also be a trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming role.

First Produced:

In 2015, Tarmac was presented by the National Theatre School of Canada, directed by Solène Paré. In 2017, the play was produced by the Festival Théâtre en Scène, Château du Tertre, France, and directed by Anne-Audrey Deltell.

Resources:

The play can be accessed through the Canadian Play Outlet

Notes:

The English translation of Tarmac was commissioned in 2016 by the National Theatre School of Canada, under the mentorship of acclaimed playwright and translator Fanny Britt.

The three sisters are teenagers. They can be played by actors who are female, femme, trans woman, non-binary.

Warnings:

Includes themes of suicidal ideation, bereavement, and disappearance