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Théâtre : Du côté de la vie

Performed by Philippe Goudard

Date & time
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free


Faculty of Arts and Science, Montreal Working Group on Circus Research, Office of the Vice-President



Theatre performance : Du côté de la vie (Leaning Towards Life)

By Pascal Lainé, inspired by “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” by Mikhail Bulgakov Directed by and featuring: Philippe Goudard

A staged reading of the performance

Du côté de la vie (Leaning Towards Life) is an intimate theatre piece on the experiences and soul-searching of a doctor, inspired by the work of Bulgakov. This solo play is performed by Philippe Goudard, a clown, actor, professor Emeritus from Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier and a practicing medical doctor. During the pandemic, he rekindled his medical practice in rural South of France and focused his work more intensively on patients with COVID-19. He is offering Concordia and the wider Montreal community an unplugged version of his solo show, at the very moment that Concordia is launching its School of Health and Québec society is taking the full measure of the impact COVID has had on medical staff.

Presented by the Office of the Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research and the 4th Space.

The performance will be live streamed on Zoom and YouTube with simultaneous English translation.


“A real kernel. Off the beaten path, timeless. This is a gem of a play, which is both funny and touching. Adroit and simply done.” François Deletraz. Le Figaro. 20/11/2016

“Touching and overwhelming, (Goudard) speaks of lives that are saved, but also those painful moments where a doctor cannot do more. Do not miss this play.” Ghislaine Arba-Laffont. La Gazette de Montpellier. 26/03/2016

How can you participate? Register for the Zoom meeting or watch live on YouTube.

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Philippe Goudard

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