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Trompe L'Oeil


“Like any celebrity, as soon as she appears, everyone wants to see her!” – Vincent Delieuvin

After two weeks spent in restoration, the Girl with the Pearl Earring finally arrives in the Salle des États the night before her grand unveiling, setting up residence across from the Mona Lisa and La Liberté Guidant Le Peuple. But her official welcome to the Louvre doesn’t go as planned when her true intentions are made clear. Cecile Durel brings these three famous paintings to life in a comical and relatable story about what it means to be a woman in the public eye. Will Mona let Parel stay? Will Liberté finally get her way? And will Parel receive the support she has travelled halfway across the world to find? Safe from the eager eyes of tourists, these three women work to determine how to find – or maintain – ownership over the way they are perceived.

Produced in association with RCS MFACCT.

January 2023 | The Glue Factory

Content Warnings: Strong language, references to sexual assault and abortion.

Age Restrictions: 14+

Meet The Cast & Creatives



Cecile Durel is a Glasgow-based playwright and screenwriter.

She writes in English and French, oscillating between fast-paced witty comedies and heartfelt psychological dramas. After full runs of the Edinburgh Fringe for her two most recent plays, Leopold Vindictive and There is no problem (here), Cecile has received support from the Playwrights' Studio, Scotland through the St Andrews Playwriting Award in 2022.


Meghan is a Canadian-British artist and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor. Theatre credits include: The Virgin Trial (Director, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); A Benevolent Alliance of Mourners and Feral (Director, emerGENce Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Assistant Director, Bard in the Botanics); Absolute Bowlocks!, Milkshake and The Ticket Meister (Assistant Director, A Play, A Pie And A Pint); Watching Glory Die (Assistant Director, Windsor Feminist Theatre); and The Stratford Shakespeare School (Assistant Director, The Stratford Festival). As a creator, Meghan co-devised Bus Stop To (K)nowhere, which won the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex CINA Award and is currently writing her newest work A Cocktailer’s Guide to Surviving a Pandemic, which was one of the Award winners for Sam Heughan’s Write Start Competition.


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