Grand Guignol

by littlefoible

A little in-progress preview of a detail of a poster I’m working on for Taboo Theatre for An Evening of Grand Guignol, which is taking place from Oct 26-30 at the North Street Church here in Halifax. I’ve never worked on something this intense-looking; I have no idea what I’m doing! Crazy eyes.


This is Taboo’s second year doing a series of Grand Guignol plays. It’s a really neat form of theatre from France in the early 1900s — the Theatre du Grand Guignol in Paris was famed for shocking and horrifying audience members, even going so far as to mention that they had doctors on call in case anyone in the audience felt faint or sick from the gruesome spectacle happening on stage.

They employed a “hot and cold shower” format — two grisly horror plays with a bawdy comedy in the middle. Last year I was involved with the shows in Halifax as an actor, and this time around I’m taking my first stab at stage management. It means fun things like hunting down guillotines and coffins — the perfect sort of activities for October, I think!