In the summer of 1960, the troupe “Les Copains de la Butte” presented a play entitled Quand l’enfant paraît by André Roussin. The central theme of the play was abortion and in 1960, the simple fact of addressing that subject was a revolutionary gesture. The play offended and shocked the traditional village elite, who called it scandalous. Voices were raised all the way to the town council of Val-David.
That same summer, the Bozos (Raymond Lévesque, Jacques Blanchet, Hervé Brousseau, Clémence Desrochers, André Gagnon, Jean-Pierre Ferland and Claude Léveillée) were part of the program. With theatre, exhibitions, craft workshops for children, as well as music, Gilles Mathieu provided the Butte with an innovative and visionary multidisciplinary character.