Les Forteresses

Le Diamant Theatre

2:50(without intermission)


Thu 6 June
Fri 7 June
Sat 8 June

Regular price / Included in our inclusive pricing system

Gurshad Shaheman (France | Maubeuge & Iran)


Three women, born in Iran in the early 1960s, three university students who were suddenly in the midst of the islamic revolution of 1979, three testimonies of resilience and hope. Gurshad Shaheman honors his mother and his two aunts in a journey through 50 years of history, pain and joys. Mixing familial testimonies and a portrait of Iranian politics, the author welcomes the audience on the stage, right next to the performers and the actual members of his family. While sipping hot tea, we are invited into this snippet of culture, a determining part of the Middle East’s history and mostly, a rare access to the voice of these women, too often repressed.

In collaboration with le Consulat général de France à Québec

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Fake firearms on stage


When we sat down for some tea during Les Forteresses, we were not expecting this heart-wrenching journey. In addition to these migration stories, sometimes funny, but mostly shattering, it is these women’s resilience – these aunts, theses mothers – and their visible joy to be among us on stage that completes this work of art from Gurshad Shaheman. It is  a powerful stance on the incredible dignity of humans, in this ever-changing world.

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Attend the meet and greet with Gurshad Shaheman, playwright and director on June 4, 5PM, at Les Salons d’Edgar


Credits 👇

Script and directing : Gurshad Shaheman
Assistant director : Saeed Mirzaei

With : Guilda Chahverdi, Mina Kavani, Shady Nafar, Gurshad Shaheman & the women of his family

Sound conception : Lucien Gaudion
Set Design : Mathieu Lorry Dupuy
Lights : Jérémie Papin
Dramaturgy : Youness Anzane
Stage and Lights Manager : Pierre-Éric Vives
Costumes : Nina Langhammer
Stage and props manager : Jérémy Meysen
Makeup : Sophie Allégatière
Vocal Coach : Jean Fürst

Administration of La Ligne d’Ombre : Emma Garzaro
Coordination and production of La Ligne de d’Ombre : Anouk Peytavin

Production : La Ligne d’Ombre Company and les Rencontres à l’échelle – B/P
Coproduction : the Phénix, scène nationale Valenciennes ; TnBA – Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine ; Pôle arts de la scène – Friche la Belle de Mai ; Centre Culturel André Malraux, scène nationale de Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy ; Le Carreau, scène nationale de Forbach et de l’Est Mosellan ; le Théâtre d’Arles, scène conventionnée d’intérêt national art et création – nouvelles écritures ; la Maison de la Culture d’Amiens ; Les Tanneurs Bruxelles.
Residency : The Manège Maubeuge ; Les Rencontres à l’échelle – B/P structure résidente de la Friche la Belle de Mai ; Les Tanneurs Bruxelles.

Help : DRAC Hauts-de-France ; Région Hauts-de-France ; Fonds SACD Théâtre ; Spedidam.

This project was greatly helped by the SACD Association – Beaumarchais (2019) for the writing and the help of ARTCENA for the creation.

Thanks : Sophie Claret, Camille Louis, Judith Depaule, Aude Desigaux.


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