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TNO presents story of living with tumour

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Nov 09, 2015 – 10:00 PM |
The Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario's latest production is Un neurinome sur une balançoire (Teetering Neuroma) by local author and actor Alain Doom. Photo by Lévy L. Marquis.

The Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario’s latest production is Un neurinome sur une balançoire (Teetering Neuroma) by local author and actor Alain Doom. Photo by Lévy L. Marquis.

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The Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario’s latest production is Un neurinome sur une balançoire (Teetering Neuroma) by local author and actor Alain Doom, and directed by Joël Beddows, recipient of the John-Hirsch Prize in 2006 for his directorial work.The play runs Nov. 12-21. English subtitles are available at the Nov. 14 shows at 2 and 8 p.m. and at the 9 p.m. show Nov. 19.A neuroma is a benign tumour within the auditory canal around the eighth cranial (acoustic) nerve. This tumour may cause deafness and facial paralysis. Ultimately this untreated tumour eventually applies pressure to the brain that may lead to the death of the individual.

Doom received this diagnosis in 2002. Based on his own life experiences, this tale of resilience is about an actor who must deal with cancer as he travels to the end of the planet: Sudbury.

As he takes refuge in a poet’s garden who will become a mentor (who is likely famed Sudbury poet and translator Robert Dickson), our protagonist is reminded of his childhood and of his cancer treatments in the United States. He realizes how small things can have a big impact on our world.

This story is about the need to live, the importance of relationships and of an artist’s work.

As it swings between laughter and poetry, “Un neurinome sur une balançoire” is a bright, light and delicate performance, akin to a poppy’s petal.

Doom is an actor, playwright and professor. He is currently the director of the Theatre Department at Laurentian University where he has been teaching since 2000. He received many awards for his performance Du pépin à la Fissure by Patrice Desbiens.

This popular TNO production won many prestigious awards including a Masque de la production franco-canadienne and a Palme de la meilleure production extérieure présentée dans la région d’Ottawa-Hull, awarded by the Circle of Critics of the National Capital.

A book launch for “Un neurinome sur une balançoire” by Alain Doom, published at the Éditions Prise de parole, will be taking place at the TNO following the opening night performance Nov. 12.

Tickets, which cost $32 for adults, $23 for seniors and $18 for students, are available at www.letno.ca.

 

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