You Will Remember Me
Memory and family are central themes in this moving drama by one of Quebec’s most dynamic voices, Governor General’s Award-winning playwright François Archambault.
The play portrays a family whose aging patriarch – a university professor, long-time sovereigntist and intellectual force – is in the early stages of dementia. With humour, love, and compassion, each family member reacts in their own way to the challenges of creating room in their lives for his care.
A powerful drama that raises broader questions of the role memory plays in all our lives.
November 10 - 27, 2022
7:30 PM – November 10*, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
2:00 PM – November 13, 20, 27
November 10 performance is a special benefit performance for our local Alzheimer Society.
General Admission: $25
Because the theatre is a small space, masks will be required in the audience. The theatre is equipped with 2 air scrubbers with charcoal filter systems; these clean and change the air in the entire theatre 4 times per hour.
All government and public health protocols will be followed.
213 Second St.
This production is made possible through the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation
A message from The Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton
We’re so grateful to the Northumberland Players for donating the proceeds of the opening night performance of You Will Remember Me to our Society. The Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton wants people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their families to know they’re not alone. We have caring staff and volunteers who provide programs, educational resources, support groups and referral services to help with the challenges faced by individuals and families living with dementia. It is our goal to improve the quality of life for everyone who is affected by Alzheimer’s disease in our four-county region.
Cast & Creative Team
Laura Garton and Marg Hilborn – Co-producers
Brenda Worsnop - Director
Kara Besson – Stage Manager
Edouard Beauchemin (Tim Russell) is a famous Quebec intellectual in his 60s whose brain has “decided to pull its own plug.” The early stages of dementia allow him to remember in great detail very important dates in world history and great moments in his life, but he can’t remember what he had for breakfast. He is often unable to remember the names of his loved ones or events that took place the day before.
His wife, Madeleine (Kim Brouwer), needs a break so she leaves Edouard with their daughter, Isabelle (Anne-Marie Bouthillette), for the weekend. Isabelle is a journalist and has to go on an assignment so she entrusts her father to her unemployed partner, Patrick (Donn Mann), who has a teenage daughter, Berenice (Jen Batler). Patrick, meanwhile, has plans to go off and play poker with his buddies so he leaves Edouard with his Berenice.
The plot thickens as time goes on; this remarkable play gets more remarkable with every scene change.
This is principally an intergenerational family story exploring the painful effects of memory loss with sensitivity and wit. The pathos of Edouard’s situation is that when he’s lucid, we see his brilliance, but we also see him grappling with the awareness that it’s all slipping away from him.
As the program says this is “a powerful drama that raises broader questions of the role memory plays in all our lives.”
This is a memorable production. Northumberland Players never fail! They chose to create a black box set so scene changes are tricky and very cleverly done. They make huge demands on not just the sound and lighting crews but every single person on the production team. And the five actors are simply amazing. I must make a special mention for Tim Russell; his performance is, quite simply, remarkable.
Huge congrats to Director Brenda Worsnop, and to Producers Marg Hilborn and Laura Garton for this brilliant play. It deserves every award available.
You Will Remember Me runs weekends to November 27th at the Firehall Theatre; tickets are $25. It’s a small space so masks are required.
I strongly recommend you make every effort to see this play. You will learn a great deal and, despite the subject matter, you will be highly entertained and laugh a lot!
Opening night proceeds have been donated to The Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton. A wonderful gesture.
The FIrehall Theatre
The Firehall Theatre is located behind Victoria Hall in downtown Cobourg. Seating is general admission.
213 Second St.
Parking is available across Second St. in public lots – please note that this parking is only valid for two hours.
Street parking is available around the theatre.
Cobourg Transit stops less than a block away: Route 1 at :10 and :45, and Route 2 at :15 and :42. For more information, see cobourg.ca.