> Artistic collaborator:
Yann Denécé
> Lighting design:
Cédric Frémeaux et Jérôme Huot
> Music:
Louis Sédillot
> Sound:
Laurent Gatignol
> Lighting technician:
Jérôme Huot
> Sound technician:
François Leclerc
> Set and ostume design:
Marta Rossi
> Video:
Mario Feroce
> Video animation:
Arnaud Gautelier
> Graphics and drawings:
Renaud Penelle
> Production:
Théâtre Fools and Feathers
> Co-production:
L'Archipel, Fouesnant

The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
Written, directed and performed by Sophie Brech and Louis Fortier

This is the story of an encounter between Tubby and Nottubby, two larger-than-life characters whom destiny surprises one Christmas Eve on the threshold of despair. Propelling them on an extraordinary quest from the banks of the River Thames in London to beyond the realms of reality, the story explores both the tragic and comic dimensions of human experience. We follow Tubby and Nottubby, at once deceived by their illusions and carried by the beauty of their dreams as they meet a skull, survive a tempest, fall out and make up, sing to deceive fear and death itself, en route to their renaissance. Haunted by the breath of Shakespeare, bathed in the wonderful madness of Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, nourished by ancient myths, this show tells the force but also the fragility of friendship, love and dreams -  the ultimate defence against the cruelty of the world.

Created for the 2009 season in France,  The Tragi-comic destiny of Tubby and Nottubby has recently been invited by the Canadian Arts Council to do a tour of thirty-five performances, which will be followed by a tour in and around Paris in January 2012.

Trailer of the Show

Presentation of the project by its creators

Louis Fortier

After performing with the University of Montreal Theatre Company, Louis Fortier moved to Sarajevo, in 1995-1996, in order to encounter and work with the wartime artistic resistance movement. This exceptional experience determined the course of his life. He studied under the direction of Mustapha Nadarovic, at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts. .

He moved to Paris, where he studied with Jacques Lecoq and later became Mario Gonzalez’s first assistant at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Paris, between 1999 and 2003.

In 2005, following a proposition from South Korean author Roh Kyeong-Shik, he created an adaptation of The Train to Seoul, both playing the main role and being the co director. This show toured South Korea in 2005 and 2008.

In 2006, he danced the role of Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, by Tchaikovsky, directed by U.S.A. choreographer Brooke Desnoes.

He then became one of the lead actors in Teatro Malandro, directed by director Omar Porras. He performed in Brecht’s play Master Puntila and his servant Matti.

This masked show was performed worldwide for two years including performances in Theatre de la Ville, Paris as well as in Japan and in several other countries.

With Sophie Brech, he took part in Omar Porras’s latest theatre project, Romeo and Juliet, which was created at the Shizuoka Performing Arts Centre, in Japan. This show was created with Tadashi Suzuki and Satoshi Miyagi’s group of actors and toured Japan in 2012.

Louis Fortier has written and directed Our Hamlet, and adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy for eight actresses, performed in Canada both in 2006 and 2008. He has also directed several plays in France, including an operatic adaptation of Kafka’s novel, The Castle, which was performed in Bulgaria, France, Hungary and Romania, in 2010.

He is also playing in With Sophie Brech, he created Theatre Fools and Feathers, a company based in Paris. Together, they wrote, directed and are currently performing The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby, which director Robert Lepage hailed as "an ode to dreams and a tribute to the power of imagination"

This Shakespearian production brings together the worlds of clown, tragedy and comedy, has received great reviews and has had a tremendous success around the world, notably in Canada and in France. It was short-listed as “Best foreign production 2011” by the Quebec Association of Theatre Critics, and was invited by the British Art Council, the French Institute as well as the British, French and German embassies in Afghanistan, to be performed in Kabul in June 2013.

Since 2001, Louis Fortier has directed many workshops for professional actors as well as young people on tragedy, chorus work, clowns and masked theatre in relation to Shakespeare's work, in countries such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Canada, France, Hungary, Iran, Italy and South-Korea.

He also directed actors who trained in prestigious schools such as “The Lee Strasberg School of Acting"; the National Acting Schools of Bulgaria, Canada, Hungary, France and Romania; “The International School of Jacques Lecoq", and The International Marcel Marceau Mime School, …

Louis Fortier is currently working as an actor and co-author with director Robert Lepage on his latest creation: "Playing Cards: Hearts", touring internationally.

Sophie Brech

Sophie Brech studied theatre from 1993-1996 at The University of East Anglia, in England, under the direction of Tony Gash, a specialist of Shakespeare. This experience allowed her to do a placement with Theatre de Complicite, in London, where she had the opportunity to assist director Simon McBurney in his revival of the show The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol. This exceptional experience inspired her to move to Paris and attend The International School of Jacques Lecoq, who taught her from 1997 to 1999.

She soon developed a passion for clown, mask work and Shakespeare which led her to become an assistant at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, in Paris, under the direction of Mario Gonzalez.

She has lived in Paris ever since, and works both as an actress and a director in Canada, England, France and in Asia. She has also directed actors and teachers in chorus and clown workshops in Afghanistan, Canada, France, Iran, Sarajevo and South Korea..

She has had extensive experience in running theatre workshops to learners of English as well as native speakers in France and abroad, working for several different theatre companies including The Amercian School of Paris -Extension Programme - where she was Head of Theatre for secondary students for many years, as well as at The Ecole Active Bilingue where she ran theatre workshops for primary students. She has created and directed many shows for young people and children in English (notably Shakespeare plays).

Under Louis Fortier’s direction, Sophie Brech has performed in several plays, including Our Hamlet (Canada : 2006/2008) ; A Train to Seoul (South-Korea : 2005/2008) and The Castle, an operatic adaptaion of Kafka’s novel (Touring Eastern-Europe and France : 2010).

Between 2001 and 2010, she was the main actress with director Andrew Wilson’s Company Act based in Paris, which specialised in theatre in English for young people. She performed in eight productions including Shakespeare plays and contemporary texts, and interpreted roles such as Ophelia and Eliza Doolittle. She also ran theatre workshops in English with secondary students around France.

She took part in Omar Porras’s latest theatre project, Romeo and Juliet, which was created at the Shizuoka Performing Art Centre, in Japan. This Teatro Malandro’s production was created with Tadashi Suzuki and Satoshi Miyagi’s group of actors and toured Japan in 2012.

In 2011, together with Louis Fortier, she created Theatre Fools and Feathers, their company based in Paris. They wrote, directed and are currently performing The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby, which Robert Lepage described as "an ode to dreams and a tribute to the power of imagination”.

She has recently played the lead role in a French contemporary production Au Fil de La Craie in Picardie, France, written by Marion Bonneau and directed by Charles Lee.

Season 2012/2013

4th and 5th Octobre | Théâtre Cergy 95 | Cergy Pontoise The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
26th Octobre | L'Archipel | FouesnantThe Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
24th, 25th, 26th January | Mjc Théâtre des 3 Vallées | Palaiseau The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
17th and 18th January | MJC Théâtre des 3 Vallées | Palaiseau Out of the Dark
4th and 5th April | Théâtre Cergy 95 | Cergy Pontoise The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
Season 2011/2012

13th to 30th Septembre|Théâtre Périscope | Quebec City The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
1st Octobre |Théâtre Périscope | Québec The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
4th Octobre |Théâtre du Bic|Bas Saint-Laurent The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
13th Octobre |Théâtre L'Agora Rouyn-Noranda|Rouyn-Noranda The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
19th to 31st Octobre |Théâtre Fred Barry | Montréal The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
1st to 5th Novembre |Théâtre Fred Barry | Montréal The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
9th to 10th Decembre |Théâtre Les Passerelles | Pontault Combault The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
6th,7th and 9th January | MJC, Théâtre des 3 Vallées | Palaiseau Out of the Dark
12th,13th,14th and 16th January | MJC, Théâtre des 3 Vallées | Palaiseau The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
6th March | Théâtre le Sax | Archères The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
12th March | Invalides | Paris Out of the Dark
22nd March |Mayenne Out of the Dark
5th April |Théâtre du Louvres The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby
8th April | Le Mans Out of the Dark
10th April | Invalides | Paris Out of the Dark
10th May| L'isle Adam Out of the Dark
24th May |Théâtre St-Maur des Fosses The Tragicomic Destiny of Tubby and Nottubby