Head à Tête is the story of two strangers who overcome the barriers of language and mistrust to find friendship. Set in a barren, cold and windy land that was once a beautiful garden, Head à Tête unfolds with the arrival of a strange cage-like object. As if triggered by the presence of life, a magical tree bearing “fruit” begins to grow. When two strangers, one French-speaking and one English-speaking, appear from opposite directions and discover the tree and the sanctuary it provides, a stand off begins. Frustration and conflict grows with each word spoken, but it is through the loss and re-birth of the tree that they find peace in each other’s company.
Recommended for Grades K-6
Curriculum Connections: Drama, Language Arts
Character Education Connections: Respect, Kindness & Caring,
Teamwork, Cooperation, Fairness
Themes: Conflict/Conflict Resolution, Survival, Emotions/Feelings,
Public/Educator Previews: TBA (March 2019)
Touring Ontario Schools: March 18-April 19, 2019
School performances include a talkback session with the artists. No deposit required at time of booking.
LINKS TO RESOURCES:
- Study Guide (coming soon)
- Cast and Crew (coming soon)
- Photos and Video (coming soon)
Head À Tête is written by David S. Craig and Robert Morgan and originally premiered at the Milk International Children’s Festival in 1989. It was subsequently remounted in a production directed by Robert Morgan in 2001 and then by Jim Warren in 2002. During the fall of 2000 it had toured a sold-out 10 week run followed by internationally touring throughout 2001-2002. Head À Tête won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Production in 1991.
Illustration by Claudia Dávila.