The King Stinks

Written by Jon Lachlan Stewart
Directed by Olivier Morin

Starring :
Jon Lachlan Stewart
Clara Prévost

Puppet Design : Angela Rassenti
Set & Costume Design : Diana Uribe
Lighting Design : Claire Seyller
Stage Manager : Marguerite Hudon
Technical Director : Catherine Sargent

Produced by Surreal soReal Theatre
Presented by Infinithéâtre in partnership with Casteliers

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Mar 1st - Mar 5th, 2023

80 minutes

Created in 2021, as part of Festival Phénomena

Our last president was a real stinker.
But Victor Dowager will blow away those past failures like dried crap in the wind!
Social justice!
Environmental consciousness!
The United Province of Peoples will be a leading country for change.
And most importantly, we will resolve the civil unrest from the Hun province within the UPP.
But something isn’t right.
When Victor became president…
He began to stink.
The air is thick.
Bodies are falling.
But democracy must drive forward.

THE KING STINKS is the need to tell the story of a “good king”…a king or president in which the world could put all their hope…a king who, despite their good intentions, would be slowly ROTTED away by the system he decided to lead. THE KING STINKS aims to make us laugh and be horrified at the same time. Through twisted puppetry and an absurd over-abundance of political jargon and text, we want to reflect the world we live in through a twisted fun-house mirror. In a world where politics is a circus show and comical memes are mixed in with horrifying news stories, THE KING STINKS uses grotesque humour and horror to talk about the world. After all the abrasive humour of the production, there is a very specific feeling or thought we want to leave audiences with: the world is frightening. We all want it to change. But what can we really do, and is it too late?

The show is recommended for ages 13+.

Artistic Director Jon Lachlan Stewart founded Surreal soReal Theatre (SSRT) in 2006 with Vincent Forcier. From its humble beginnings, SSRT has focused on challenging and innovating theatrical forms through highly physical work, and bringing together English and French speaking artists.

“Physical theatre is always at the heart of our aesthetic. No matter what piece we create, we want to avoid psychological realism, and work within a minimalist aesthetic in order to leave room for the imagination and poetry of the body on stage.”
- Jon Lachlan Stewart

Jon Lachlan Stewart

Jon is a bilingual theatre artist and artistic director of Surreal SoReal Theatre in Montréal, who specializes in physical theatre and movement, new creations, and puppetry. Some directing and creation credits include Macbeth Muet (international tour to Canada, the United States, Europe), The Little Prince: Reimagined (Crows’ Theatre puppet production) and the upcoming Cycle (textless adaptation of an Israeli graphic novel with dancer Kimberly De Jong). Jon is also a full time actor and performer, and has worked in many productions around Canada with companies like Daniel Leveillé Danse (Thus Spoke and Logic of the Worst), Théâtre Motus, Théâtre Ink, The Citadel Theatre, L’UniThéâtre (Edmonton), Théâtre la Seizième and Zee Zee theatre (Vancouver), The Segal Centre and Théâtre Prospero (Montréal).

Clara Prévost

Clara Prévost has performed in several plays such as Wombat (directed by Jean-Guy Legault), Dans ma maison de papier, j’ai des poèmes sur le feu (directed by Éric Jean), Anne of Green Gables (directed by Frédéric Bélanger), Filles en liberté (directed by Patrice Dubois), Nos cœurs remplis d’urethane (Jean-Simon Traversy), Amours propres (Claude Poissant and Louis-Karl Tremblay) and Macbeth Muet (Jon Lachlan Stewart), which toured in New York, Houston, Toulouse and at the prestigious Charleville-Mézières Festival, in France. With her company Productions Fil d’or, she produced two plays, including her first text, La place rouge, which was directed by Isabelle Leblanc at the Salle Fred-Barry of Théâtre Denise-Pelletier in 2018. In 2020, she directed her first short film, L’un l’autre, co-produced with Chasseurs Films, which won four awards at the Gala Prends ça court!

Presented in Rialto Hall (2nd floor) at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal
5723 Av. du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4H2

March 1st at 7pm (previews)
March 2nd at 7pm
March 3rd at 7pm
March 4th at 3pm and at 8:30pm
March 5th at 3pm

Adults : 28$
Reduced price (AQM members, seniors and students) : 25$

Limited accessibility
Unfortunately, the Rialto Theatre is not wheelchair accessible. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact