Battle of the Plains given sly makeover

Even if Ottawans can’t recall much about it, they’ll probably rememberthat Gen. James Wolfe defeated Gen. Louis-Joseph de Montcalm on thePlains of Abraham in 1759, said Louis Lemire.

Canadian history was never this fun.

Even if Ottawans can’t recall much about it, they’ll probably remember that Gen. James Wolfe defeated Gen. Louis-Joseph de Montcalm on the Plains of Abraham in 1759, said Louis Lemire.

Since childhood, the Ottawa-based playwright has had a fascination with the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, he said.

But you won’t find the humour, farce and satire in Inseparable — a play about a chance encounter between the two soldiers — in any textbook. That’s a product of Lemire’s imagination.

“I thought, what if I wrote something that was not so reverential — with more humour, with more satire? It would be so much more invigorating, and reach the audiences a lot better than something where they would have to pay attention to all the facts and make sure that everything was correct.

“I wanted to try something that wasn’t History 101, that would explore characters more,” he said.

Writing the play, said Lemire, “was very liberating from a theatrical point of view, because anything could happen. I could still explore their characters and not be tied by the facts.”