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Children of God

A new musical by Corey Payette | World Premiere | An Urban Ink (Vancouver) Production in collaboration with National Arts Centre English Theatre, in association with Raven Theatre (Vancouver) / The Cultch (Vancouver)
YORK THEATRE | 639 COMMERCIAL DR. | [map link]

MAY 17 – JUN 3, 2017

York Theatre

In this powerful musical, the children of an Oji-Cree family are sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario. This is a story of redemption: for a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, who never knew she came. Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit.

THE DRAW: Inspired by First Nations music, Payette’s moving score also includes echoes of Broadway masterpieces such as Fun Home and Next to Normal.

Contains swearing and sexual content. Due to the potentially triggering content of the performance, Emotional Support Workers will be available to provide support to audience members who may require it.

Children of God Study Guide

If you see one work of theatre this year, make it this one” – Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail

This is a brave work, and a starting point for important conversations …See it. – Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

There were tears; there was jubilation. Going back to the very roots of theatre, it was a rare experience of communion – Jo Ledingham

Children of God is necessary…Go see it – Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca

Not a dry eye in the house, as far as I could see – Lincoln Kaye, Vancouver Observer

Children of God will stand as a catharsis for some, an introduction for others, yet a point of connection for us all – Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents

I think musicals can do that. They open up people’s hearts. All of a sudden you see this person, you care about them. Wouldn’t that change our world if people really cared about indigenous people?” – Corey Payette in interview with Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight

Children of God is a generous gift that helped me understand my role in the process of reconciliation as a non-Indigenous Canadian. It’s an inspiring and immediate call to action, and essential viewing for anyone who lives on this land”
—Performer and playwright, Christine Quintana

Showtimes:
May 17 – 18, 7PM: Preview
May 19, 7PM: Opening Night
May 20, 23 – 27 30 – 31 + Jun 1 – 3: 7PM
May 21, 28 + Jun 3: 2PM

Running Time:
2 hours 20 minutes including intermission. Please note there will be an additional 30 minute discussion following each performance.

Vocal Eye

Vocal Eye

We are pleased to offer a VocalEye Live Described Performance for patrons who are blind, partially sighted, and visually impaired on May 28 and an ASL Interpreted Performance on May 21.
To book your VocalEye Live Described Performance on May 28, please call our Box Office at 604.251.1363 or email boxoffice@thecultch.com.
To book your tickets for the ASL Interpreted Performance on May 21, please email boxoffice@thecultch.com.

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What People are Saying

I'm glad this musical has been written and is bein...

I’m glad this musical has been written and is being produced. I will bring my friend.

-- Kirsten Ebsen
Just saw it yesterday. Lends a emotional, powerf...

Just saw it yesterday.
Lends a emotional, powerful, voice to a message that needs to be heard.
May this be the start of a transformative journey for the production, its crew, cast, and other members associated with this production.
The powerful voices move you to tears.

-- PJ
I saw the play last night. Powerful in its portray...

I saw the play last night. Powerful in its portrayal of Indigenous Cultural and Spiritual resistance in the face of overwhelming odds! The actors are superb…the music and singing haunting! Unforgettable!!

-- Rahael Jalan
Today I attended the musical called Children of Go...

Today I attended the musical called Children of God. “The children of an Oji-Cree family are sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario. This is a story of redemption: for a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, who never knew she came. Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit.”

Congratulations to the team who has put this beautiful piece together. Thank you for sharing your stories with the public. I am still in shock from what I have just witnessed. My heart is hurting for those who have and still are experiencing the discrimination that is found in residential schools or even in public. Thank you for helping me better understand my role as a non Native to work towards reconciliation. Thank you for educating me with the truth. Thank you for offering a safe space at the end of the show for people to share their stories of assault. Thank you to the cast and crew for creating a spiritual and safe environment for all victims.

EVERYBODY needs to see this play!!! PLEASE GO WATCH THIS! This is important education which nobody should ignore.

Once you witness a part of their suffering, you can better understand the pain they have endured. You honor indigenous cultural spirit and recognize its strength and beauty. The world needs to understand what really happened. They need to study your ways, your language, your respect, your rituals, your love. You were stripped away from your culture, your energy, your essence, we need to acknowledge and make a difference.

Thank you Glen Gould for showing me this and for sharing your story.

-- Olivia Leigh Nowak
Exceptional ! The cast and crews have opened th...

Exceptional ! The cast and crews have opened the doors in this amazing work towards education and healing for all .Kudos ………………..role models and leaders .

-- Sandy Tonello-Greenfield
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Must see theater experience.
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-- Elaine Miranda
These innocent children became adults. They did no...

These innocent children became adults. They did not choose this deconstruction, nor did their parents. I encourage to identify and to think of yourself and your own family in such a time and place in our history and what if that was your life to live. I saw these kids behind fences as i did my paper route at age 12 in Winnipeg. I went home and asked my parents what the kids had done wrong?? They said “they did nothing wrong, and this is wrong”. they looked very sad. They explained further and I was shocked. Give yourself and your children the opportunity to have an important conversation by going to this production – Children of God.
It was a defining moment for me at 12! I felt close to my parents as I listened and I saw their authentic selves

-- KOG

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