Three Winters

Written and Directed by Amiel Gladstone (Vancouver)

Nov 07 – 17, 2018 | Historic Theatre [map]

Historic Theatre

– Senior Prices available! –

World Premiere. Throughout art and history, the biggest roles and adventures have been given to men. Not in this play—a fictional recontextualization of real-life events. In Three Winters, a troupe of seven millennial actresses put on a play about WWII soldiers captured in the Stalag Luft III POW camp. Those men not only famously hatched escape plans—immortalized by 1963 film, The Great Escape, they performed plays sent by the Red Cross, which required the men to play both male and female parts. When these historical events are acted by modern young women, not out of circumstantial necessity, but by choice, Three Winters asks audiences to question their assumptions about who we allow to play what parts and why.

Amiel Gladstone has put together a piece of theatre that fuses humour, drama and poignancy. It invites the audience, not just to appreciate how resourceful POWs needed to be, but also to observe a historical event through a different lens”— John Jane, Review Vancouver

“If it weren’t for their ability to make theatre, my Grandpa said he would have died in those WWII POW camps. This play is about that reality, told with immediacy and connection” — Amiel Gladstone

Part of the Ceasefire Series: an exploration of past and present warfare to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice of WWI.

Running time:

80 minutes, no intermission


Nov 07, 8PM: Preview
Nov 08, 8PM: Opening
Nov 09 – 10, 13 – 17, 8PM
Nov 10 – 11, 2PM

Post-show Artist Talkback: Nov 11, 13


Writer & Director: Amiel Gladstone
Performers: Ghazal Azarbad, Raylene Harewood, Olivia Hutt, Camille Legg, Julia Siedlanowska, Naomi Vogt, Libby Willoughby
Set Designer: Adrian Muir
Costume Designer: Jacqueline Firkins
Lighting Designer: Sara Smith
Sound Designer: Sammie Hatch
Stage Manager: Allison Spearin
Assistant Stage Manager: Siobhan Powell
Assistant Director: Amanda Testini
Dramaturge: Amy Lynn Strilchuk