Review: Le Projet Pupitre

Mark Ositashvili (age 10)

          Although I thought Le Projet Pupitre, directed by Michel Lefebvre, at the National Arts Centre was going to be strange and hard to understand at first, overall it was very pleasant to watch and even more so to listen to.

In terms of speech this was a silent show, otherwise it was probably one of the loudest plays I have ever seen on stage. The main plot takes place in a schoolhouse where, during dictation, the two boys have figured out that just by using some school supplies they can make quite a blast. Eventually the two boys get so carried away that even the teacher notices.

While the two performers on stage, Yann Godbout and Guillaume Lévesque, were definitely impressive, I would also like to give recognition to the people back stage. The entire show revolved around the soundscape and lighting. The director – Michel Lefebre, does an amazing job creating this universe, but the two actors Yann Godbout and Guillaume Lévesque did a great job performing without words. Just the way they played with their instruments, or in this case their pencils, was so incredible and just cool.The originality of this play was spectacular as using a pencil as a musical instrument is not something you see everyday.

The staging was very simple: A wooden platform slightly tilted, to see the stage better, and some fluorescent lights in the back. On top of the platform were two wooden desks.While the stage itself might have appeared simple, the flashing lights built into the wooden platform gave this stage some much needed character.

While this show may seem a little strange to some, the performers’ seemingly magical pencils will no doubt keep audiences entertained.