Montreal’s Cabal Theatre creates “an immersive world for the nocturnal” with LA SOMNAMBULE

Award-winning creation ensemble to premiere new production October 18-28

For diurnal animals, the daytime is a space that is safe, life-sustaining — normative.  We are programmed to the structures of the day biologically and socially; in turn the social structures we have created have come to define the day.

The unpredictable night, expansively claustrophobic, seduces us with ancestral memories hidden deep in the human creature. It is a place of strangers and secrets, freedom and fear, that some few embrace willingly and into which others are expelled. As the sun descends, the crepuscular, the refugees of the day and true denizens of the dark connect, cohabitate and explore.

Follow CABAL on this pilgrimage into the pitch, with La Somnambule, an immersive theatre world of ornamentation and intrigue inspired by Djuna Barnes’ Nightwood. Under neon signs and gas lamps excavate the possibilities of the night through sense, dance, media, interactive visuals, and object performance. Find the opera of shrouded desire and stolen time in the unlit corners of this rebellious space.

Using the language of Modernism and the fin-de-siècle, CABAL manifests the unrepresented world of the nocturnal other. This contemporary ludonarrative allows the audience to craft their own experience and rewards embracing the spirit of freedom. As residents of the night, live as an agent of revolution and defy the foundations upholding structures of oppression.

Image courtesy of Cabal Theatre

C A S T   &  C R E A T I V E 

The show was devised and created by all collaborating artists, then honed and unified by award-winning playwrights Joseph Shragge, Co-Artistic Director of Scapegoat Carnivale and new Canadian voice, Rhiannon Collett (Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creator/Playwrights Guild of Canada, RBC Emerging Playwright Award-winner).

Writers worked closely with dramturg Kyle Croutch, who facilitated narrative adaptation and the creation of an organically complete world through micro-narrative, object dramaturgy and immersive spatial design in a ludonarrative capacity (think video game narrative).

Montreal English Theatre Award (META) — winning and nominated artists, Jillian Harris, Meagan Schroederand Alex Petrachuk (Emerging Artist & Outstanding Supporting Actress) join writer/performer Gabriel Schultz and Tyson Houseman, member of Kid Koala’s ensemble (Nufonia Must Fall) and Bread and Puppet Theater and up-and-comer Gabe Maharjan (PWM’s Young Creator’s Unit & Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship program). 

Composer and operatic tenor, Jeremy Dutcher has penned an original composition for this production; his music shape-shifts between Western classical opera and the tuneful melodies of his Wolastoq Nation. His debut and 2018 Polaris Music Prize Winning album ‘Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa’ was produced by our resident sound designer Devon Bate (BUFFLO), whose innovative body of work has landed him multiple award nominations over the years.

The rest of the team includes lighting designer Jon Cleveland, veteran to immersive, dance and site-responsive theatre, Vancouver artist/maker Robert Leveroos of Macromatter as set designer/scenographer, the illustrious, multi-META winning Sophie El-Assaad as costume designer and Berlin filmmaker Julia Milz, all under the distinct, visually striking direction of Anthony Kennedy (METAs nominee – emerging artist – direction).

La Somnambule 

Venue | Location revealed upon reservation

Dates | October 18, 19, 20, 21
24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2018

Check-in | 30.00$ @ 19h | 25.00$ @ 20h | 20.00$ @ 21h

Available now |

For questions about accessibility, please email  

Director | Anthony Kennedy
Dramaturg | Kyle Croutch
Writers | Rhiannon Collett & Joseph Shragge
Performers | Jillian Harris, Tyson Houseman, Robert Leveroos, Gabe Maharjan
Julia Milz, Alex Petrachuk, Meagan Schroeder & Gabriel Schultz

Set designer | Robert Leveroos
Costume designer | Sophie El-Assaad
Costume assistants | Marci Babineau, Jennifer Baycroft, Marika Porlier
Lighting designer | Jon Cleveland
Sound designer | Devon Bate
Guest composer | Jeremy Dutcher
Puppet designer | Tyson Houseman
Video designer | Julia Milz
Head of props | Kate Stockburger

Production manager & stage manager | Trevor Barrette*
Assistant stage manager | Kate Stockburger
Production assistant | Darragh Mondoux
Front of house & box office manager | Roxane Loumède
Graphic design | Dan Buller
Logo design | Heath Cairns

*The participation of this artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association


CABAL is an ensemble dedicated to creating provocative and poetic interdisciplinary theatre. The company challenges the traditional spectator role and pushes the boundaries of live performance through post-dramatic aesthetics and visceral media design. We make highly physical work and are keen to explore the relationship between the body and how it is mediated by technology and language.

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