Strawberries in January

by Évelyne de la Chenelière

François does. A cafe bartender/frustrated screenwriter, he uses every event in his life as inspiration. He casts Sophie, his ex-flatmate-turned-lover-turned-friend, opposite Robert – a cafe regular and university professor. Outside the city, Sophie’s childhood friend Lea, runs a B & B. She’s drowning in ‘too much fresh air and boredom’. A surprising, passionate encounter provokes her to seek out Sophie for a reunion. Their stories collide and interweave with intriguing serendipity.

Strawberries in January is a biting, heart warming comedy about four romantically challenged singletons who stumble through contemporary Montréal in search for love. Originally written in Québec French, the play won the Masque Award for Best Original Script. This version by Scottish writer Rona Munro (Iron, Bold Girls) was commissioned as part of the Traverse’s Playwrights in Partnership scheme and is directed by Paines Plough’s Artistic Director Roxana Silbert.

A Paines Plough and Traverse Theatre production.


Creative Team


Évelyne de la Chenelière


Roxana Silbert