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OCT 4 – 15
MOTHERLOAD
The Motherload Collective (Vancouver)
HISTORIC THEATRE

Returning after a wildly successful 2015 run, Motherload is an intimate account of parenting in the modern age. Four prominent Canadian theatre artists and mothers bare their personal stories about what it takes to be a member of the world’s biggest club.

THE DRAW: “Reminds you that you are not alone. I can’t recommend it enough; go with your partner for a date night or bring your best friends for a girl’s night out or most importantly – take your mother!” — Urban Baby and Toddler Magazine

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MAR 1 – 12
ELBOW ROOM CAFÉ: THE MUSICAL
Zee Zee Theatre (Vancouver)
YORK THEATRE

A candid look inside Vancouver’s most iconic eatery: home of raucous service, celebrity sightings, and hearts of gold. Dave Deveau (My Funny Valentine) and Anton Lipovetsky (Broken Sex Doll) sink their teeth into the whimsy and heart of real life café owners Patrice and Bryan and explore how we age together in a Technicolour world.

THE DRAW: East Van Panto’s Allan Zinyk leads a cast of campy misfits, drag queens, and the perpetually hung over!

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MAR 21 – APR 9
THE DAISY THEATRE
Ronnie Burkett (Toronto) | For ages 19+
HISTORIC THEATRE

Returning after three sold out runs, don’t miss your chance to see the production The Georgia Straight called “one of the best shows you’ll ever see.” Each performance will be different, daring, ridiculous, and on the edge in the hands of renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett and his resident company of over 40 marionettes.

THE DRAW: “It’s some of the funniest, most brilliant theatre you’ll ever be lucky enough to see” — The Province

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APR 25 – MAY 6
MUMP AND SMOOT IN ANYTHING
Mump & Smoot (Toronto) | For ages 19+ (except previews/matinEe)
YORK THEATRE

The famed Canadian clown duo return to The Cultch with a new work that will take Vancouver audiences yet again into the giddy, scary world of pure imagination. In their twisted netherworld, Mump and Smoot are confronted by a myriad of nightmarish obstacles that present themselves at every turn.

THE DRAW: This show is not for children!

INTERNATIONAL HITS

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OCT 11 – 22
PIYA BEHRUPIYA (TWELFTH NIGHT)
The Company Theatre (India) | Presented with Diwali Fest | WITH English surtitles
YORK THEATRE

Commissioned by London’s Globe Theatre, The Company Theatre, one of Mumbai’s most innovative theatre groups, created a Bollywood-meets-Shakespeare musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. A runaway success, the contagiously joyful Piya Behrupiya has since been performed nearly 100 times across India and around the world. WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

THE DRAW: “Fun? Definitely. Accessible? Completely, even if you didn’t speak the language” — The Guardian

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OCT 18 – 29
FIGHT NIGHT
Ontroerend Goed, Border Project Australia, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Vooruit in association with Adelaide Festival of the Arts
HISTORIC THEATRE

Five performers. Five rounds. Your vote. One survivor. The power is in your hands (literally! You have keypads!) to vote for your favourite candidate. Fight Night makes elections a wickedly fun theatrical game.

THE DRAW: “A vital exploration into why we cling to our democratic institutions despite their failures” – The Scotsman, Edinburgh

 

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NOV 1 – 5
THE ELEPHANT WRESTLER
Indian Ink Theatre Company (New Zealand) | Presented with Diwali Fest
HISTORIC THEATRE

The contradictions of modern India, with its iPhones and ancient gods, come alive in this funny and beautiful romantic thriller. Inspired by a traditional Indian fairy tale, The Elephant Wrestler follows a poor chaiwallah (tea seller) as he attempts to solve the interwoven mysteries of true love, tragedy, and joy. An international success earning rave reviews in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and the US.

THE DRAW: “The feel-good production of the year” — New Zealand Listener

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MAY 2 – 13
LA MERDA
Silvia Gallerano/Cristian Ceresoli | Frida Kahlo Production (Italy) | Richard Jordan Productions (UK) | PRESENTED with the Italian Cultural Centre
HISTORIC THEATRE

Literally naked, internationally acclaimed Silvia Gallerano sings and howls this provocative and critically acclaimed text: a stream of consciousness that reveals, with rage and poetry, revolting human secrets, and a modern society that is powerful, desperate, vulnerable, and cutting. A multi-award winning sell-out hit across the world, La Merda is truly shocking and truly brilliant.

THE DRAW: “Extraordinary, uncompromising and entirely unforgettable” — The Times, UKspacer

DARING DRAMA

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SEPT 29 – OCT 8
Helen & Edgar
A story of Savannah told by celebrated orator Edgar Oliver
YORK THEATRE

The creative team behind storytelling juggernaut The Moth join forces with acclaimed raconteur Edgar Oliver to present the mesmerizing, hilarious, and heartbreaking tale of Oliver and his sister Helen’s strange childhood in Savannah, and their mother’s struggle with madness.

THE DRAW: Lauded as “a living work of theater all by himself” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times, Oliver is one of the English language’s greatest storytellers.

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NOV 1 – 13
EMPIRE OF THE SON
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver)
VANCITY CULTURE LAB

Returning after an extended and completely sold out run, Empire of the Son, written by and starring Tetsuro Shigematsu (former host of CBC Radio One’s The Roundup), is the story of two generations of broadcasters and the radio silence between them.

THE DRAW: “Exquisite. I’m telling all of the people I love most to see this show… I can’t say enough good things about Empire of the Son — Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

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JAN 10 – 21
THE FIGHTING SEASON
Bleeding Heart Theatre (Vancouver) | Cultchivating The Fringe Award
VANCITY CULTURE LAB

Inspired by his father’s deployment in Afghanistan, Sean Harris Oliver’s searing new play investigates the Afghan war through the eyes of a Canadian field medic, a doctor, and a recovery room nurse.

THE DRAW: Played to sold out audiences at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival and was awarded The Georgia Straight’s Critics Choice Award!

 

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MAY 17 – JUN 3
CHILDREN OF GOD
A new musical by Corey Payette | World Premiere | Produced by The Cultch with the National Arts Centre English Theatre (Ottawa), Raven Theatre (VANCOUVER), and Urban Ink Productions (Vancouver)
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.

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

FAMILY FUN

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OCT 25 – NOV 6
THE PIANIST: A CONCERT CATASTROPHE
Thomas Monckton (New Zealand)/Circo Aereo (Finland)
YORK THEATRE

Classical clowning mixed with contemporary circus produces a catastrophic comedy centered on, in, under, and around the grand piano. At the peak of high society entertainment sits The Pianist. Impeccable, he glides through life without a foot out of step. He is, in a word: perfection. Or at least that’s what he thinks…

THE DRAW: “Melds mime, clowning, circus, and even magic to create a contemporary work that has huge appeal to audiences of all ages” — TheatreReview.org

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NOV 23 – DEC 31
EAST VAN PANTO: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)
YORK THEATRE

Here she comes! Little Red Riding Hood is bombing down the Adanac bike trail to deliver a basket of goodies to her sweet little granny. Easy right? Not in the East Van Pantowhere everything gets real wacky, real fast! Cheer Little Red along as she battles everything from bike thieves to distracted drivers to the Big Bad Wolf. And what the heck are the Three Little Pigs doing here?!

THE DRAW: Now in its fourth year, The Georgia Straight declares: “Theatre Replacement’s pantos just keep getting better because they keep getting wilder!”

 

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APR 18 – 30
VERTICAL INFLUENCES
Le Patin Libre (Montreal)
BRITANNIA ICE RINK

Le Patin Libre is creating a new kind of ice dancing, far beyond the confines of traditional figure skating. There are no sparkles, no stereotypes, and no fuzzy animal costumes. An all-ages spectacle of dizzying spins, spiralling arabesques, and maximum fun.

THE DRAW: “One of those rare shows I could willingly have sat through all over again…A pure body rush. Astounding” — The Guardian, UK

MOVEMENT MASHUP

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NOV 8 – 12
ALL HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE, HONEY
Frédérick Gravel/Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (MONTREAL)
HISTORIC THEATRE

Performed by four male dancers, choreographer Frédérick Gravel attempts to deconstruct the stereotypes of the typical North American male, from T-shirts, beer, and baseball to violence, confusion, and mood swings.

THE DRAW: “An explosive exploration of masculinity that is half dance, one quarter performance art, and one quarter rock show” — The Ottawa Citizen

 

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JAN 31 – FEB 5
MOUTHPIECE
Quote Unquote Collective (Toronto) | Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
HISTORIC THEATRE

Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. The push and the pull, the past and the present, the progress and the regression: this is the inner conflict that exists within a modern woman’s head. Interweaving a cappella harmony, text, and movement – Mouthpiece is a harrowing, humourous, and heart-wrenching journey into the female pysche.

THE DRAW: After a critically acclaimed, sold-out Toronto run, six Dora nominations and two wins, Mouthpiece comes to The Cultch as part of a national tour.

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FEB 15 – 19
NeoIndigenA
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Toronto)
HISTORIC THEATRE

A full-length solo performance from award-winning artistic director, choreographer, and performer Santee Smith (TransMigration), exploring our relationship to ancestors, the living universe, and renewal. The spellbinding score features elemental voices of Inuit singers Tanya Tagaq and Nelson Tagoona with musical composition by Cris Derksen, Jesse Zubot, Michael Red, and Adrian Harjo.

THE DRAW: “[Smith’s] highly charged, traditional/ contemporary/ballet fusion eats up the stage” — The Globe and Mail

 

FEB 21 – MAR 4
am a
Amber Funk Barton and Mindy Parfitt (Vancouver)
VANCITY CULTURE LAB

am a explores identity through the lens of Neuroplasticity, a science that examines the brain’s capacity for change. But how do we change our brains? And if we can change, how far can we go? Using personal text, scientific writings, dance, song, and frivolity to explore personal confrontation, am a is a celebration of being human. Of daring to succeed. Of daring to fail.

THE DRAW: Come for the show – stay for the party! Enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly with your fellow audience members and the cast post-show!

 

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APR 12 -15
HOW TO BE
Tara Cheyenne Performance (Vancouver)
HISTORIC THEATRE

Choreographer/creator Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg presents an exciting blend of dance and theatre with her signature comic sensibilities. How to Be is a close up look at how we think we “should” be, how we think others “should be,” and the beautiful failure of it all.

THE DRAW: Brings together some of Vancouver’s most exciting dance and theatre artists including Cultch favourites Marcus Youssef and Josh Martin.