Charly in the desert

A Créations In Vivo production
(2018- ) • Young audiences • Ages 5 to 8

Charly’s family has suddenly changed. He only sees his father every other weekend and his mother’s new boyfriend from Mali just moved in, along with his daughter Inna. Charly’s relationship with his new step-sister is tense, to say the least. The day before they are set to leave for a camping trip, Charly gets locked in his room with Inna. Their parents have laid down the law: the two children must learn to live together, or else the camping trip is cancelled. Charly and Inna will have to learn work and play together, stumbling upon a few cultural notions along the way.

Charly in the Desert explores themes of tolerance, sharing, and bridging cultural differences. Drawing on African cultural themes and innovative uses of marionettes, the story was inspired by author Ève Alexandre-Beaulieu’s travels through Burkina Faso.

(Run time: 55 min)

Join the Créations In Vivo artists and puppets on stage after the show to learn more about the magic of puppetry.

Ages: 5 to 8 years old
Language: English



  • École de la Découverte, Ottawa (ON), April 2
  • École Ange-Gabriel, Mississauga (ON), April 3
  • École Jean-Paul II, Whitby (ON), April 4
  • École du Grand-Boisé, Chelsea (QC), April 8


2018-2019: on tour in Ontario

Creative team

Playwrights: Ève Alexandre-Beaulieu and Stéphane Guertin
Dramaturg: Francois Ouimet
Director: Gabrielle Lalonde
Set Designer: Andrée-Ève Archambault
Puppet Designer: Sara Sabourin
Lighting Designer: Tristan-Olivier Breiding
Sound Designer: Martin Dawagne
Translator: Mishka Lavigne
Stage Manager: Louisa Haché, Pascal Lemay

Actors: Sébastien Lajoie, Kiara-Lynn Néï and Chloé Tremblay