“Broue. The man of the taverns”: hops and men at the museum [VIDEO]

«Broue. L'homme des tavernes»: du houblon et des hommes au musée [VIDÉO]

Marc Messier, Marcel Gauthier and Michel Côté at the Museum of civilization

29 October 2019 16h28

Updated at 17h34

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“Broue. The man of the taverns”: hops and men at the museum [VIDEO]

«Broue. L'homme des tavernes»: du houblon et des hommes au musée [VIDÉO]

Josianne Desloges

The Sun

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We are in the dressing room, on the evening of the 3322e and last representation of the play “Broue”, Sherbrooke. While Marc Messier, Michel Côté and Marcel Gauthier is preparing to go on stage, we hear their thoughts and their memories of this adventure of theatre that has lasted 38 years.

The scene is taken from the exhibition Broue. The man of the taverns, inaugurated on Tuesday evening at the Museum of civilization. By entrusting the decoration, the costumes, the accessories, the price and the archives play the most played in the québec repertoire at the MCQ, the creators of Broue provided the opportunity for the institution to present the phenomenon in all its angles, sociological, historical and artistic.

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The taverns, in the years 70, were gathering places for the men, often from the working class, who need to come together, decompress and escape the daily, ” recalled Stéphan La Roche, the director general of the Museum of civilization.

«Broue. L'homme des tavernes»: du houblon et des hommes au musée [VIDÉO]

The entrance to the exhibition.

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The team headed by Anik Dorion-Coupal and Catherine Gaumond has built a course that is directly inspired by the universe of the show. The visitor first enters in a tavern that allows you to get back in the historical context, with wooden beams, tables, a bar and mirrors, where there are citations, and photographs, identifying the old taverns of Quebec. On televisions and rabbit ears are disseminated in the famous sequences of matches between the Canadians and the Nordics.

We then pass by a corridor to access the artists ‘ entrance and to the famous lodge, as described above. The scenery, the video image of the actors who appear in the mirrors and the sound editing are the most successful.

«Broue. L'homme des tavernes»: du houblon et des hommes au musée [VIDÉO]

The lodge

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The next area introduces us to the awards, including a Guinness world record, and a time line bouncing, where you learn, among other facts notable that a lot of real beer, but mostly at 0%, is drunk on the boards for 40 years. It takes the measure of the theatrical phenomenon, while being able to observe the reverse of the true scenery of the production.

«Broue. L'homme des tavernes»: du houblon et des hommes au musée [VIDÉO]

The time line and posters of Broue

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Then we arrive in front of the stage, where we can watch excerpts of the piece on a screen of tulle, which does not obstruct mythical pub covered in broue, sitting in the red seats typical of old theaters.

It is against this background that the actors and the authors of the piece are back on their adventure. Francine Ruel, the only woman of the team, is back on the text command special and compelling about a place where she had never had the right to enter. “A beautiful accident” due to the insistence of Michel Côté. “One of the things I’m most proud of, it is this character, played by Michel, who cries at the end in his glass of beer. I knew very well that neither Louis Saïa, or Jean-Pierre Plante, or [Claude] Miller would not have put a man who weeps at the tavern,” said the author.

«Broue. L'homme des tavernes»: du houblon et des hommes au musée [VIDÉO]

Seats red in front of the stage

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The idea of Broue came from the actors, who wanted to usher in their Theater of voyagements with this piece. They have asked several authors to write texts in two weeks, which resulted in a collage on the theme of the tavern. “We wrote it to troubleshoot, laughed Claude Meunier. At the time, I offered to James gray and Serge Thériault, Paul and Paul, to write texts and they told me “Bah, it’s going to play two months in a theatre, it’s not worth the money””

After you have made laugh millions of people (the room had an English version and a flemish version), the trio of actors of Broue has moved their artifacts handed down to posterity. “You’re lucky you saw that in there, while one is still alive”, pointed out Marc Messier. “It lasted 40 years, but it has gone by so fast. As if one had set foot in a huge spiral that we had sucked”, has chimed in Michel Côté.

«Broue. L'homme des tavernes»: du houblon et des hommes au musée [VIDÉO]

Marc Messier , Marcel Gauthier and Michel Côté

The Sun, Pascal Ratthé

In a second room where bottles brown shimmer above a few of the tables of the tavern, 66 documentary photographs of Alain Chagnon show the taverniers and customers of real taverns that inspired Broue.

The exhibition Broue. The man of the taverns is presented at the Museum of civilization until January 3, 2021.

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