JAN 22–24, 2021
J Mar Electric

The Cave

​“Completely wonderful and cathartic!”


An apocalyptic cabaret about the climate crisis and why the animals sought refuge.

A group of animals flee from a vicious forest fire and seek refuge in Bear’s cave. Waiting out the inferno, they reflect on their lives, their lost garden, and their impending doom. These unlikely and singed bedfellows share their stories and take comfort in their newfound community while the fire encroaches.

At times comical, at times dramatic and tragic, The Cave is hosted by a wry and charming MC played by the composer, John Millard, himself. The four performers sing seventeen stirring songs in English and Cree, playing abstractions of Bear, Moose, Beaver, Skunk, Snake, Wolf, Crow, and Fox. The cabaret band supports the style with wild, beautiful, poignant, and entertaining orchestrations. Part Nightclub, part Cave, the show stimulates discussion about our planet’s precarious survival in the context of exceptional art, offering an affirmative and cathartic experience. It is a sublime assemblage of multidisciplinary art, showcasing what makes Canada astounding and unique on the international arts landscape. The Cave is as entertaining as its themes are timely and has audiences leaping to their feet.

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JAN 22, 23: 7:30PM
JAN 24: 12PM

*all showtimes in PST

Each performance will be followed by a conversation with show creators or an environmental or climate activist.

Music by: John Millard
Lyrics by: Tomson Highway
Original Concept by: Martha Ross, John Millard, and Tomson Highway
Book by: Martha Ross
Director: Adam Paolozza
Music Director: Gregory Oh
Producer: Victor Pokinko

Sound Design: Christopher Ross-Ewart
Lighting Design: Andre du Toit
Set Design: Trevor Schwellnus
Costume Design: Allie Marshall
Digital Producer: Gregory Sinclair
Webcast Producer: Lisa Marie DiLiberto with Theatre Direct Canada
Streaming Consultant: Robert Metcalfe and Links Live Media
Production Manager/Associate Technical Director: Courtney Pyke
Technical Director/Associate Production Manager: Wesley Babcock
Stage Manager: Tamara Protic

Performers: Alex Samaras, Derek Kwan, Neema Bickersteth, Andrea Koziol.

Musicians: Gregory Oh, John Millard, Rob Clutton, Germaine Liu, Karen Ng, Matti Pulkki.

This pre-recorded performance from the 2019 Luminato Festival will be streamed live JAN 22–24, 2021.

The Cave ​is a 75-minute cabaret event that ingeniously addresses the climate crisis. Created by celebrated Canadian artists ​John Millard​, ​Tomson Highway​, and ​Martha Ross​, this interspecies song-cycle is told with song and narration through the perspective of animals.

Viewing with Captions will be available for select performances. Check back for updates.