Rotterdam: open and accepting

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A few months after I got the role of a young woman who wants to become a man, following a hearing, Pascale Renaud-Hébert has experienced a period of uncertainty. The actress wondered if she had the right to play this type of character.

A doubt which is installed, with a backdrop of the turmoil surrounding the cultural appropriation of spectacles SLAV and Kanata.

Pascale Renaud-Hébert admits to having been shaken. She had the impression that these two months of reflection have lasted seven years.

“This is not an issue that is identical to that of the SLAV. Cultural identity and sexual identity are not the same thing, but the representation and inclusion are fundamental in the two cases, ” she said, in an interview.

To the poster from Tuesday to The Lined, Rotterdam, tells the story of a couple made up of young homosexual women.

Ariane’s Side, Lavoie and Marie-Hélène Gendreau

On the eve of the day of the Year, Alice, who lives with Fiona for the past seven years, decides to come out of the closet and reveal his homosexuality to his parents.

At the moment she is about to do his “ coming out ” by e-mail to his parents, Fiona confesses to him that she wants to become a man.

The actress wondered if it was a legitimate slip into the skin of Fiona.

“I wasn’t sure that I had my place in this matter-there,” she mentioned.

Pascale Renaud-Hébert has met transgender people and people of the body GREY, the mission of which is to raise awareness about sexual orientations.

“I felt validated by these people and a period of appeasement followed. I made a reflection, I have made a decision and I’m comfortable with it. It is a really good challenge to play it “, she remarked.

Marie-Hélène Gendreau, and Charles-Étienne Beaulne


A challenge that required a lot of delicacy. “I want the people to be affected, and that trans people who see the show will recognize. I didn’t want to do a caricature, ” she said.

The piece written by the British Jon Brittain, translated and directed by Édith Patenaude, is a bitter-sweet comedy.

Rotterdam is many focused on the relationship between the characters, on what they live, what they did, and how it resonates with them. It talks about listening, openness, acceptance, empathy, and what we are as a person. The text is beautiful, ” said the actress.

The room, for Pascale Renaud-Hébert, who has never thought of wanting to become a man, is essential in a world where issues of gender identity are increasingly present.

A lot of suffering

“I’ve heard folks say terrible things, that it was a fad and that parents should reframe their children. It is terrible to say of the affairs of the same, and it is a lack of knowledge. See if someone would have the desire to live it. It is a lot of suffering. It is important that it is introduced and normalized “, she stated.

The subject of the play has awakened some things in the actress.

“We talked a lot, with the people of GRAY, of self-definition. People try a lot to put people in boxes. We don’t need to name everything and to define everything in the world. It is necessary to let the people be. It is up to us to define who we are “, she let it fall.

Rotterdam is presented from January 15 to February 9, at The Lined.