Le Projet Pupitre: Review

Angelina Bayindir (age 14)

On a boring day of school, what is more tempting then having our head in the clouds and dreaming about the imaginary world? To begin, I enjoyed Le Projet Pupitre, directed by Michel Lefebvre, at the National Arts Centre for many reasons. The most accurate description of my experience is the following:

“Youtheatre” has given me a spectacular and stimulating show about two kids, in class, starting a dictation with lots of imagination. During their attempt to concentrate on the task, they are driven away by their musical instincts. Boys can find a way to play with any object they find! And so, on each three of the dictations, they play to us their fascinating beats with the objects surrounding their desks.

The staging was very interesting. The platform on which the actors were standing had lights, that glowed when the lighting was most required. When I at first entered the room, there was mist all around the scene. It made me curious and exited about the show. The lighting was very good because when the boys entered the state of “imagination”, the lights created a sort of bubble as if they were in their own world.

The electro-acoustic elements presents us a multiple variety of sounds and noises produced by ordinary school supplies. I was, at first, stunned by the fact that actually, the noises produced by the drawing and the manipulation of certain objects were modified by the computer. Afterwards I understood the ingenious idea of perfecting the noises and amplifying them to make the show way more interesting.

The two actors, Yann Godbout and Guillaume Lévesque certainly enjoyed playing with the objects and presenting us with their secret world. I was amused by the creativity of the two kids. We can see the glow of happiness in their eyes. We cannot forget the soft voice of their teacher (played by Laurence Dauphinais) which brings them back to reality each time. The “DJ” sure did a great job by enhancing the musical effects of the objects.

Although the noises were perfectly regulated, I thought that the music was a little bit too loud. Also I felt this presentation could have been shorter because at the end, I was tired of sitting and watching the “two kids” having fun. I saw that plenty more of the kids started wiggling towards the end, losing interest. This one-thing that disturbed me most is that at the end, the talented actors gave us all the answers to their magical tricks. Even though I didn’t like some parts of the show, I will still keep good memories of it.

I was expecting a show based on noises made by ordinary objects but once again, I have being surprised by the magic of theatre. To conclude, don’t jump to conclusions simply by looking at the program because this show has many tricks up its sleeve.