In this region of West Africa where a drought has been persisting for very long, stands a big ancient baobab. One day, the ancient baobab brings forth an egg and from this egg is born a little boy. The people in the village discover that he is the only one who can free the source of water. Then begins a quest during which only the courage of a child might change the history of the World. In this sunny environment where shade provides a soothing break, the African percussions turn into animals while masks and puppets become genies or witches!

Let the great griot guide you in this fabulous story inspired from African legends.


Photos: Robert Etcheverry 


  • Written and directed by : Hélène Ducharme
  • Playwright collaborator : Hamadoun Kassogué 
  • Assistant to the Director : Annie Bélanger
  • English version Leanna Brodie
  • Scenography : Ismaïla Manga and Hélène Ducharme
  • Performers : Ralph Prosper, Philippe Racine or Sharon James, Aboulaye Koné and Nathalie Cora
  • Puppets : Jean CummingsSylvain Racine et Claude Rodrigue
  • Music : Aboulaye Koné asssited by Nathalie Cora
  • Lighting : Michel St-Amand
  • Shadow theatre : Marcelle Hudon
  • Costumes : Louis Hudon
  • Technical direction and stage management on tour : Guillaume Bloch or Marcin Bunar






Recommended for children 4 and up
This show is available

Baobab is a coproduction of Théâtre Motus and the SÔ Company (Mali) created with the support of Théâtre de la Ville (Longueuil) for a residency and in collaboration with Hamadoun Kassogué (Mali) and Ismaîla Manga (Senegal).