adapted by Rona Munro
Strawberries in January is a version by Rona Munro of Evelyne de la Chenelière's 1999 play Des Fraises en Janvier (from a literal translation by Christopher Campbell). The play is a romantic comedy about four single people looking for love in contemporary Montréal. Munro's version was first performed on 1 August 2006 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in a co-production with Paines Plough as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
François, a café bartender/frustrated screenwriter, uses every event in his life as inspiration for his movie scripts. He casts Sophie, his ex-flatmate-turned-lover-turned-friend, opposite Robert, a café 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, highlighting the influence films have on the way we manipulate the narrative of our lives and the difficulty of differentiating fact from fiction when we do so.
The Traverse Theatre production was directed by Roxana Silbert and designed by Emma Williams. It was performed by Paul Thomas Hickey, Phil McKee, Gabriel Quigley and Lesley Hart.