“All inclusive”: a play that is worth gold

In 2014, at the age of 43, François Grisé embarked on an unusual adventure, an experience that would change the course of his personal and professional life. “Some people buy Lamborghinis on credit, some people leave their family for a younger woman, I decided to go live for a month in a nursing home. »

Work in eight chapters, the first four created at the La Licorne theater in October 2019 before being published by Atelier 10 editions, All inclusive It is presented these days in Duceppe in its complete three-hour version. Thanks to François Grisé, author and actor, and Alexandre Fecteau, director, we have access to a private residence for the elderly (RPA) in Val-d’Or whose tenants translate into words and silences the strengths and weaknesses of the health system, the the joys and sorrows of old age. Undoubtedly, Quebec documentary theater always has the wind in its sails.

Spinning the metaphor of gold – after all, it is about approaching the golden age in Val-d’Or -, the first four chapters are dedicated to the stay of a very endearing hero in the common and private areas of the Heritage Gardens. Throughout François’ exchanges with Gisèle, Gerry, Lorraine, Victor, Darquise and the others, tenderness and complicity are heard, but even more anguish and resignation, denial and dispossession.

The following four chapters, loaded with facts and analysis but no less moving, proceed to an essential exposition of the human and political challenges that are expressed in the destiny that we reserve for the elderly. These include money, spirituality, marketing, solidarity, and of course COVID-19.

After having brilliantly embodied a colorful gallery of residents, Marie Cantin, Jean-François Gaudet and Marie-Ginette Guay camp out in the second part of the exhibition an illuminating selection of specialists – geriatrician, sociologist, advertising strategist and demographer – who make us understand to what extent the fate of the elderly concerns the entire community. According to the Quebec government, the number of people aged 65 and over will reach 2,877,998 in 2061, or 28.5% of the population. It seems urgent to give these men and women options, in particular to stay in their homes as long as possible.

It is the journey of Alice and Gilles, the father and mother of François Grisé, that serves as the common thread of the show. Funny and terrible, futile and tragic, their adventures make us glimpse with concern the fate that awaits our parents, and of course the one that awaits us. Fortunately, All inclusive it opens the dialogue, triggers a crucial conversation that could well ensure that old age in Quebec becomes a richer, more diverse, more inclusive experience.

All inclusive

Text: François Grisé. Director: Alexandre Fecteau. A co-production of Porte Parole, Un et un font mille and We are here. Chez Duceppe until November 6, then on tour in Quebec from March 2 to 31.

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