Charly in the desert

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

Charly’s family has 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 stepsister is tense, to say the least. The day before they are set to leave on a camping trip, Charly and Inna are punished for bickering and locked in together in Charly’s room. The two children need to get along or else the camping trip is cancelled. Charly and Inna will have to learn to work and play together, even if they encounter a few cultural roadblocks along the way.

Charly in the Desert explores the issues of tolerance, sharing and bridging cultural differences. Drawing on African cultural themes and an innovative use of marionettes, playwright Ève Alexandre-Beaulieu draws her inspirations from her travels in 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