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Selected Shows

Elapultiek (ehl-ah-bool-dee-egg) – “we are looking towards” -marks the first time Two Planks and a Passion Theatre has commissioned an Indigenous playwright from Nova Scotia to create a new work for the company. The show was a great success during our 2018 Summer Season and a subsequent fall 2019 tour.

In the time of Idle No More, a young Mi’kmaw drum singer and a Euro-Nova Scotian biologist meet at dusk each day to count a population of endangered Chimney Swifts. As the relationship deepens over time, they struggle with their differing views of the world. Each ‘count night’ reveals a deeper complexity of connection to land, history, and ecology, and of reconciliation on a personal level.

 Shalan Joudry is an oral storyteller, hand-drum singer and poet from the traditional district of Kespukwitk (southwest Nova Scotia). Following years of raising children, performing, writing, and ecology work, Shalan now lives and works in her community of Bear River First Nation, sharing messages of reconnecting to both land and culture.

For information on future performances please contact Ken Schwartz at artisticdirectors@twoplanks.ca

Elapultiek (ehl-ah-bool-dee-egg) – “we are looking towards” -marks the first time Two Planks and a Passion Theatre has commissioned an Indigenous playwright from Nova Scotia to create a new work for the company. The show was a great success during our 2018 Summer Season and a subsequent fall 2019 tour.

In the time of Idle No More, a young Mi’kmaw drum singer and a Euro-Nova Scotian biologist meet at dusk each day to count a population of endangered Chimney Swifts. As the relationship deepens over time, they struggle with their differing views of the world. Each ‘count night’ reveals a deeper complexity of connection to land, history, and ecology, and of reconciliation on a personal level.

 Shalan Joudry is an oral storyteller, hand-drum singer and poet from the traditional district of Kespukwitk (southwest Nova Scotia)

View the Film

As we edge closer to a new normal, a powerful sense of hope is surging. To celebrate each step we take, the National Arts Centre English Theatre brought together some of the country’s most inventive artists to create and perform innovative new works with Grand Acts of Great Hope. These acts aimed to inspire and embolden audiences for the brave new world facing us post-pandemic.

Performed safely in front of local audiences and later shared online, these works will help prepare us for the safe return when audiences and artists can once again share space together. 

Grand Acts of Great Hope was co-curated by NAC English Theatre Artistic Jillian Keiley and Boca del Lupo Artistic Director Sherry J Yoon. For more information on Grand Acts of Great Hope, please visit www.c.nac.ca/3v2M0Ia .

First Flight,  the sole Atlantic Canadian entry in this nation-wide series, is a beautiful moment of joy and release- a bird’s first flight – created through larger-than life puppetry in a stunning outdoor setting. Created by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and Theatre du Poulet in collaboration with community members in rural Nova Scotia, this performance, taking place at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, represents a community’s hope for the future and re-emergence into the realm of collective experience. 

“This initiative of the National Arts Centre English Theatre is an incredibly important opportunity for artists in Canada to create work that speaks to this particular moment. It’s a chance for us, with our colleagues at Theatre du Poulet, to express our hope for the future in a grand theatrical gesture that can be seen worldwide. We are honoured to have been selected and we’re relishing the challenge” said Schwartz.

The public event was held on July 24, and the film has now been projected on the NAC’s Lantern on their Ottawa facade, and has now been released online for the world to see. 

You can see the film here, and see all the incredible people who were responsible for making this incredible event and this place so special.

After a hugely successful run at the Atlantic Fringe Festival (receiving the awards for Fringe Hit and Best Drama), this innovative theatrical performance exploring one family in the throes of historical events beyond their control marked Two Planks and a Passion Theatre’s return to the touring stage. Originally created by Michael McPhee, Alexis Milligan, Chris O’Neill and Ken Schwartz, with assistance from Aliah Schwartz, this play without words is more timely than ever. 

 

937 refers to the 937 Jewish refugees on board the SS St. Louis which left Hamburg Germany for safe haven in Cuba, only to be turned away fro there, from the US, from Canada and eventually returning to Germany. 937 is a beautiful play that explores the human cost of indifference and racism in the face of fear and flight. 

“937 gets to emotional core with few words…extremely moving”

– The Chronicle Herald

“937 is a masterful, memorable show that uses gorgeous images and original puppetry to melt our hardened hearts. Suits of clothes are skillfully manipulated to represent one fleeing family, and it is a testament to the magic of this show that I saw them in my mind’s eye as real people. Heartbreaking.”

-Kate Watson, The Coast

“I was moved to tears by Two Planks and a Passion’s 937”

-Kate Watson, The Coast

“This is, I want to say, how it should be done.”

Martin Wallace, Arts East

Concept and direction by Ken Schwartz. Created by Alexis Milligan, Michael McPhee, Jackson Fowlow, Hilary Adams, Andrea Lee Norwood, Aliah Schwartz, Ken Schwartz, and Chris O’Neill.

Based on Two Planks and a Passion’s award-winning fireside theatre production that premiered in 2018, Animal Farm, The Podcast is a vivid re-telling of the classic fairy tale which continues to resonate with the same power as it did when it was first published in 1945.

See here for more details.

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