Photo of Yvonne Wallace by David Ward

Photo of Yvonne Wallace by David Ward

May 4–13 | Vancity Culture Lab

The Cultch Presents

(to make better)

A heart story about reclaiming language and letting go

May 4–13
Vancity Culture Lab

Ruby Slippers Theatre (Vancouver)
Written and performed by Yvonne Wallace 

ūtszan (to make better) is a one-woman show performed by the playwright/actor Yvonne Wallace about first language reconnection and reclamation. Auntie Celia is at the end of her days. She has suffered from a heart attack and realizes that she has very little time left in this world. She makes a decision to have others accommodate her by refusing to speak English. Margaret, her niece, is about to discover that a lifelong path is starting to unfold. Taken to task, Margaret learns how to think and speak in her Ancestral first language, Ucwalmícwts. Love will give her the strength she needs to let go as she realizes that the language is easy and it’s the life that is hard. 

Message from Heather Redfern — Why we programmed this show:

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Showtimes & Dates

MAY 4: 7:30 PM – Preview
MAY 5: 7:30 PM – Opening
MAY 6, 9–13: 7:30 PM
MAY 7, 13: 2:00 PM 

Post-Show Talkbacks

MAY 7: 2:00 PM

MAY 9: 7:30 PM

Venue Location
Vancity Culture Lab 1895 Venables St. Vancouver, BC
Box Office Info

1895 Venables St.
Mon to Fri: 12–6PM, Sat 12–4
and 1 hour prior to all performances

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Produced by: Ruby Slippers Theatre

Playwright and performer: Yvonne Wallace
Set Design by: Kimira Reddy
Sound Design by: Malcom Dow and Russell Wallace
Projection Design: Yvonne Wallace
Projection Mentor: Andie Lloyd
Stage Manager: Emma Hammond


Performer Yvonne Wallace; Photo credit Justa Jeskova



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