In the 1830s members of the typographers union founded a theatre company in Quebec under the direction of a Swiss man, Napoléon Aubin, a journalist and theatre buff who also had friends in the theatrical troupe Les Jeunes Messieurs Canadiens.
The group performed plays by French playwrights as well as creating a local theatre with writers such as Pierre Petitclair, Jules-Fabien Gingras and Pamphile Le May. The director and his company became associated with socialist and Quebec nationalist ideology, with Aubin actually serving a term in prison in 1839 for a poem he wrote supporting the Patriotes. The troupe disbanded in 1876. (See also Quebec, Canadian Theatre History)
Profile by Gaetan Charlebois
Last updated 2021-03-15