What a difference a year makes.
It is an honour to bring you Geordie’s 41st season after a year of new challenges, changes, and champions who have allowed us to thrive and connect with our audiences in new ways.
To say we have gone through so much together is an understatement, and like you, we at Geordie have been riding the waves of these times. So, as we look ahead to a new season, we are taking a moment to reflect on the courageous young voices who have endured so much over this past year to offer stories that inspire courage, celebrate self-identity, and ignite the hope for a bright future for all young people to be proud and brave in being themselves. Written and created by some of Canada’s most dynamic voices, these stories will take us inside the journeys of characters that overcome barriers, that challenge us to learn more about ourselves, and lift us to discover the inner light and power we share.
On behalf of Geordie and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for continuing to believe in the impact of theatre – especially during uncertain times – and the possibilities it inspires for ushering in confidence and empowerment for our young people and the adults in their lives. It has been a gift to be a part of the legacy of what Geordie does, and I am proud to celebrate all the children, teens, families, teachers, and communities who continue to be the foundation of everything we do.
With respect, appreciation, light, and love – thank you and I hope to see you at the theatre!
* VIRTUAL PERFORMANCES*
February 9-13, 2022
This special event gives all ages the chance to discover great works in Theatre for Young Audiences with staged readings in collaboration with the National Theatre School of Canada, our acclaimed 2Play touring shows (The Paper Bag Princess and Selfie) livestreamed from Espace Geordie, and our 2018-19 2Play Tour hit The In-Between!
April 29-May 8, 2022
Based on the book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, written by Kai Cheng Thom, illustrated by Kai Yun Ching and Wai-Yant Li. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press.
Adapted by Gabe Maharjan
Directed by Mike Payette
Dramaturgy by Jesse Stong
In the magical time between night and day, when both the sun and the moon are in the sky, a child is born in a little blue house on a hill. And Miu Lan is not just any child, but one who can change into any shape they can imagine. The only problem is they can’t decide what to be: a boy or a girl? A bird or a fish? A flower or a shooting star? At school, though, they must endure inquisitive looks and difficult questions from the other children. But they find comfort in the loving arms of their mother, who always offers the same loving refrain: “whatever you dream of / I believe you can be / from the stars in the sky to the fish in the sea.
One of the most captivating stories for children and families of our time, this enchanting and imaginative work beautifully weaves themes of gender, identity, and the acceptance of the differences between us. Miu Lan faces many questions about who they are and who they may be, but we are reminded, no matter what, that the eternal bond between mother and child will be unchanged.
In association with La Maison Théâtre, Les Muses: centre des arts de la scène, and Summit School
January 14-23, 2022
On a small island overrun by land developers, two radically different strangers’ lives collide after an unexpected ecological disaster. Seeking safety in a bunker, they clash and connect over their shared dislike of the developers, and their conflicting dreams of a utopia where they can do more than just survive. Other Worlds celebrates their unique journeys to claim and strengthen their own self-identity, while working to make deeper connections with the outside world. A play about well-being, friendship and belonging, and the importance of community.
Presented at La Maison Théâtre, in the Quartier des spectacles
245 rue Ontario Est, Montreal (Quebec), H2X 3Y6
November 23-December 11, 2021
A Geordie Theatre/Surreal SoReal co-production
Presented by Théâtre Denise-Pelletier
Created and directed by Jon Lachlan Stewart
Choreography by Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli
This new and exceptional tour-de-force production, inspired by the modern treasure Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, follows a young rebellious seagull who, tired of his clan’s repetitive routine, tries to fly differently, swooping with deep dives and barrels; practices considered useless for the life of a gull. Forced into exile, the adventurer finds refuge in a new clan and, through time and guidance, and despite the disdain of his former community, he returns home with the mission of teaching his community new ways of flying.
A visionary story that identifies how society perceives physical limitations, as well as how we look at other communities’ ways of living. A tri-lingual piece (English, French, body) featuring professionals in both physical disability and non-disabled communities, this inspiring journey promises to inspire and move us in unexpected ways.
Presented at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, Salle Fred-Barry
4353, Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal (Quebec), H1V 1Y2
Geordie Theatre is located on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these communities and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters – caring for it and calling it home. We are honoured and privileged to share stories on this land.
We wish to also acknowledge that we are grateful to those seeking sustainable solutions to our global climate crisis, so that we may continue to inspire and challenge our audiences near and far.
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