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Searching for Marceau

A pair of hands forming an outstretched bowl are surrounded by the words "Searching for Marceau" along the top and "Tottering Biped Theatre" along the bottom.


Searching for Marceau finds a budding young Mime trying to make sense of his two fathers: the real one raising him and the far away Marcel Marceau. The imaginary and the real battle in this theatre/mime piece reinvents Marcel Marceau’s Mime tradition for the 21st Century.

This piece has toured to Ottawa's Undercurrent Festival, Kitchener's Registry Theatre, Toronto's Pia Bouman studio, the LIVELab at McMaster University, the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Red Deer Alberta's Prime Stock Theatre, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Toronto Fringe Festival where it received 5 Ns from NOW Magazine, 3/4 stars from the Toronto Star, and the 'Cutting Edge' Award. 

A man with white powder makeup across his eyes and black eyeliner looks up at the camera.

Created by Trevor Copp,

Richard Beaune, & Robin Patterson


Number of Actors: 1

Language: English, French, appropriate for ASL

Length: 1 hour




A man in a grey shirt and jeans stands with his arms reaching upwards while a spotlight shines down on him.
And man in a grey shirt is suspended within the image as though he is swimming, his legs kicking behind him and his arms reaching forward.


"Copp is a captivating performer, as skilled in verbally conveying heartfelt emotion and landing deadpan laugh lines as in conjuring all kinds of objects, animals and experiences through his precise physicality" (3 of 4 stars)

                                                                                    - Karen Fricker, The Toronto Star

"In this unconventional and enthralling solo show about Copp’s love of mime, we’re treated to a talented performer who digs into his past to unpack how he thought outside the mime box to elevate his art." (5 of 5 N's)

                                                                           - David Silverberg, Toronto NOW Magazine

“A master of contemporary theatre….there is a sensitivity to the performance, an indefinable sense of risk taking that signals the true artist.”

                                                                                                - Gary Smith, The Hamilton Spectator


“...inspirational cross-training for the soul… there is a deep seated need for this kind of physical art that people don’t even realize they have anymore. In the age of Netflix and downloads, return to the campfires of our primitive ancestors and feel how theatre first stirred our souls. And as a bonus, feel the incomparable magic of

the man in the box bit done by someone who studied at the Marcel Marceau School in Paris and clearly knows what he’s doing.”

                                                                                                                       - Diane Lachapelle, Apt. 613 Blog

“He moves with beautiful fluency…simply too creative for words. Highly skilled….a fresh fusion between acting and modern dance.”

                                                                                                                      - View magazine


"In one hour, Copp goes from teaching us the alphabet of mime to writing poetry with it. As the lights dim on the final piece, there is a weighted silence in the theatre; then, the small audience erupts."

                                                                                                                         - DART Critics


Multiple semi-translucent images of a man in a grey shirt and jeans holding various poses are superimposed over one another, creating the illusion of movement.
A man in a grey shirt stands facing the camera making a motion with his arms as if he is pulling back an arrow in a bow.
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