Unit B-1717  

Text by Erin Shields
Translation by Maryse Warda
Direction by Geneviève L. Blais

Starring  Laurence Dauphinais (English version)
and Marie-Ève Milot (French version)

From April 5th to 28th, 2018
at Entrepôt Beaumont Mini-Storage
located at 454, Avenue Beaumont in Montreal
(close to Parc Metro or take the 80 bus)

A woman returns to her storage unit to take one last look before getting rid of everything she has accumulated over the years. As she approaches her unit, a sense of dread comes over her, as if she is standing on the edge of a terrifying chasm. Overwhelmed by her memories, trapped in a tight space, she tries to make sense of her surroundings.

She arrives with her key.
Enter with her.


  • You will need a key. Your key. The one that will allow you to enter. (It will be given to you upon arrival.)
  • People with epilepsy, claustrophobia or fear of the dark may experience discomfort.
  • Performances are presented alternately in French and English.
    Several appointments per night: see on line calendar and tickets 

The production of Unit B-1717  is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec,  the Canada Arts Council and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. We also thank Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal for their support in the development of the text.


Théâtre à corps perdus
was born from the desire to evoke what we dare not speak. We are drawn to texts that challenge us to search the troubled, hidden and vertiginous recesses of our lives.

Site-specific creation is one of the tenants of our work. We question the ritual of theatre and try to ‘move’ our viewers, offering them an immersive experience. Our creations interweave the real and the fictional to orchestrate intimate theatrical moments that are both captivating and disturbing. The architecture of the spaces we inhabit become the backdrop of the work, spaces that resonate with their own meaning and stories. These urban meetings anchor our work in being with one another here and now.

Unit B-1717 is Théâtre à corps perdus’ ninth creation. We are continuing the site-specific approach we  have been exploring since 2003, notably with Juan Maryorga’s Himmelweg : chemin du ciel, performed in the Cine-Theatre le Chateau (2014), and Howard Barker’s Judith – l’adieu au corps, performed in the underground parking lot at the Marché Jean-Talon (2011).

Other recent creations include: Si les oiseaux by Erin Shields (Prospero, 2015) and Empreintes (after Annie Ernaux and women’s testimonials, La Chapelle, 2013).


With Unit B-1717, Théâtre à corps perdus begins a new site-specific cycle called Nocturnales. Three creations exploring the desires that get us going and the fears that paralyze us. Three disoriented female figures try to find their was as they face what they have been having trouble admitting to themselves. Three journeys in the dead of night bursting with flames that illuminate unpredictable paths.

Coming soon: Somnambules (visite libre), in 2019 and je ne sais pas si je vais revenir, in 2020.

Creative Team

Text by Erin Shields

Translation by Maryse Warda

Direction by Geneviève L. Blais

Starring  Laurence Dauphinais (English version)
and Marie-Ève Milot (French version)

Set design
Marie-Ève Fortier

Costumes and Props
Fruzsina Lanyi

Original Music
Symon Henry

David-Alexandre Chabot

Technical Direction
Rébecca Brouillard

Stage Manager
Stéphanie Raymond

Emma Tibaldo

Artistic Advisor
Éric O. Lacroix

Catherine Parent

The song “Pie IX” is interpreted by SUUNS
Written and composed by Ben Shemie, Max Henry, Joseph Yarmush and Liam O’Neill
Edited par Third Side Music
With the kind authorization of Secretly Canadian