"A playwright with an original voice, who captures the contemporary world with an almost fantastical lyricism." — Le Monde
"With his topical subject matter and keen insights, Sébastien Harrisson could very well become an emblematic figure of his generation. A name to remember." — Le Devoir
Titanica: The Great Battle Gown (English-language version of Titanica, la robe des grands combats) is a play by Sébastien Harrisson, translated by Crystal Beliveau, about art, history, sexuality, how we fight our battles and, ultimately, how we choose to live our lives.
On a dilapidated dock in London, a walking sculpture reminisces about a life devoted to art, squatters plan their uprising against the monarchy and medieval ghosts hatch elaborate revenge scenarios of their own. Meanwhile, at Buckingham Palace, the Queen of England sees her study of botany interrupted by the arrival of steamy letters penned by an anonymous poet. In her plans to rid her country of an "unspeakable evil," will she brush up against the very thing she is trying to exile?
Titanica premiered in Montreal in 2001 and France in 2004.
Sébastien Harrisson graduated from the playwriting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. He writes for stage, radio and television. He is one of the most unique and innovative voices among young Québec's young playwrights, as revealed by his play Titanica.
Crystal Beliveau is a writer and translator. Her creative non-fiction has appeared in Prairie Fire and Liberté.