Incendies (play)

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Incendies (pièce de Mouawad) au théâtre Lise-Guèvremont.JPG
Nawal's mother in a 2012 performance at the Lise-Guèvremont theatre, Montreal
Written byWajdi Mouawad
CharactersSimon Marwan
Jeanne Marwan
Nawal Marwan
Date premiered2003
Original languageFrench

Incendies is a 2003 play by Wajdi Mouawad.[1] The play was translated into English as Scorched by Linda Gaboriau and was published in 2005 by Playwrights Canada Press. The play was based in part on the life and autobiography of the Lebanese communist militant, Soha Bechara.[2]


Incendies follows the journey of twins Jeanne (Janine in the English translation) and Simon, as they attempt to unravel the mystery of their mother's life.[1] When Jeanne and Simon Marwan lose their mother, Nawal, they are instead left with a difficult mission that sends them on a journey to the Middle East in pursuit of their tangled roots and a long-lost brother.


The 2007 production at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Best Play and Best Director (for Richard Rose).[3] The production has been remounted several times and went on a cross-Canada tour in 2008–2009.[4]

Film version[edit]

Incendies was adapted into a film by the same title by Denis Villeneuve. It stars Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, and Lubna Azabal. It was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category.


  1. ^ a b "Scorched (9780887547607): Wajdi Mouawad: Books". Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  2. ^ Holstun, Jim (Fall 2015). "Antigone Becomes Jocasta: Soha Bechara, Résistante, and Incendies". Mediations vol. 29, no. 1. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  3. ^ [1] Archived June 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [2] Archived August 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine