Sean Nicholas Savage + Sophie Cadieux /
Ballet Opéra Pantomime

Please Thrill Me

Musical

  • "Jour de fête" 15$
  • French surtitles

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This show is in English.

Taking a random freight train in order to find himself, Jazz, a young man, ends up in the foggy and almost ghostly scenery of a coastal town. In this oasis at the end of the world, he will meet a series of characters, all haunted by a symphony of indeterminable desires and by the irresistible dream of a life without limits. Each of them will open up to Jazz and, becoming philosophers for a night, will share their most intimate concerns and thoughts on a world whose meaning constantly slips through their fingers.

Please Thrill Me is a rainy coming of age story, gently lulled by dreamy and deeply emotional pop music. Through its poetry — both naïve and lucid — it gives a glimpse of a universe in which ephemeral yet inevitable friendships arise. Life has a way of detracting our plans, of making them sway with its moods, but let us not give up until the very end. Meaning sometimes only shows up after the last call.

For Sean Nicholas Savage, Please Thrill Me is the logical outcome of his thirteen albums, in which he underwent a most prolific exploration of the major “historical” pop music genres of the last sixty years, from folk to disco and R&B. The genre of the musical, with its dialogues and its songs all centred around a main story, heightens a type of narration that is already prominent in Savage’s previous work, and will enable the audience to discover a new facet of his literary output, outside of poetry publications. Lastly, from the perspective of holistic art, the ultra-referenced visual aspect of Savage’s art (as can be seen in his video clips) will be translated on stage, in the sets and costumes created by BOP’s designers.

Canadian cult wizard Sean Nicholas Savage explores teenage angst, nativity, drama and thrill. Nostalgic, like a summer film that makes you feel for a decade you never lived through and yet understand to your soul, Savage is packed with wonder, hope and roller rink ballads.

Savage’s singing is youthful and brave. Melodically leaning toward the melancholy, with rich vocal harmonies, he is delicate and larger than ever before. Across the spectrum of a saga of avant garde pop music, Savage is renowned for his bitter sweet ballads, naked and raw, a fruit of which his recordings almost exclusively bare, and at that their most nude, most humiliated, most adrift.

A leading figure of the Montreal theatre scene, Sophie Cadieux has been part of more than 30 productions as an actress and director. A purposeful and audacious artist, she enjoyed a three-year residency at the Espace Go theatre where she signed her first stage production with the play Tu iras la chercher. Co-founder and co-artistic director of the Théâtre de la Banquette arrière, Sophie Cadieux has also been involved with the Ligue Nationale d’Improvisation (LNI).

On television she starred in the series Lâcher prise, Rumeurs, Les Lavigueur, la vraie histoire and Watatatow, and her movie career includes films by Maryanne Zéhil (La vallée des larmes), Daniel Roby (Funkytown), Luc Picard (Les Rois mongols) and Monia Chokri (Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire, short film).

Sophie Cadieux is the winner of the Prix de la critique by the Association québécoise des critiques de théâtre, of the LNI Pierre Curzi Trophy, of three Gémeaux prizes, and she was nominated in the Best Actress category at the 58th Monte Carlo International Television Festival.

Founded in 2013, BOP’s mandate is to create multidisciplinary shows focussed on contemporary music. To date, the company has presented seven productions, including Le Vin herbé (Arsenal Art contemporain 2016; Opus Award winner, “Découverte de l’année” prize), which brought together more than seventy artists around the eponymous work of Swiss composer Frank Martin, in a stage direction by Philippe Boutin, with choreography by Dave St-Pierre and costumes by Denis Gagnon.

As part of OFFTA, BOP presented at the Pierre-Mercure Hall the outcome of a renewed collaboration with Dave St-Pierre : Quartet for the End of Time (2017). In 2018, on the tenth anniversary of the last great financial crisis, the company presented the Canadian premiere of the opera Nero and The Fall of Lehman Brothers by American composer Jonathan Dawe in the Villeray neighbourhood.

In June 2019, BOP was awarded the Prix de la Relève Caisse Desjardins de la Culture by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Music and text
  • Sean Nicholas Savage
Director
  • Sophie Cadieux
Musical director
  • Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse et Pascal Chénard
Set design
  • Félix Poirier
Ligthing design
  • Ted Stafford
Sound design and stage management
  • Nataq Huault
Costumes
  • Constance Chamberland
Translation
  • Charles Beaudoin
Visuals
  • Romain F. Dubois
Jazz
  • Sean Nicholas Savage
Pop
  • Adam Byczkowski alias Better Person
The Artist
  • Jane Penny
Rocky
  • Lulu Hughes
The Narrator
  • Roland ''Rollie'' Pemberton alias Cadence Weapon
Musicians
  • Pascal Chénard
  • Alexandre Colas-Jeffery
  • Antoine Langis
  • Juliette Leclerc
  • Max-Élie Ouboukangongo-Laroche