Theatre

Year of the Typewriter responds to a challenge by ecology writer Paul Kingsnorth to cast landscape as the lead character in stories. 

Doris in Typing Pool

We aim to change the world in 75 words a minute, ding! Typing Pool is an audience-immersive experience in translating the narrative of place. It is imagined for citified wildernesses of all description. You,our audience, are recruited as the Typing Pool and provided with tools for dictation. Before you is a story writ in landscape--it could be the harbor and woods, a cloudscape, a garbage barge, a stream of humanity, or fabulously priced harbour-front real estate.

Museum of Rain our next large-scale, elemental and impossible, site-specific work. A water-based installation that is physical, immersive and performative. One’s relationship with rain is undeniable for the rainforest dwellers. This narrative piece explores the ephemeral beauty, the exhilaration, and the meaning we can find in the downpour. Get your raingear on. It’s a theatrical deluge.

Join us as world-class scholars, theatre artists and musicians blend art and science to explore Earth’s past and fragile future. UBC, The Only Animal Theatre Society and Science World are celebrating Earth Day 2020 with a multi-modal mix of short TED-style talks, plays drawn from the Climate Change Theatre Action repertoire, and an excerpt of the newly commissioned Earth Symphony.

1000 Pop-Up Hearts

Working in cross-sector partnerships in order to bring imagination, vision and heart of artists into the climate narrative in order to mobilize a society paralyzed by climate anxiety and grief.

Everyone is affected by climate crisis. But those under 25 are known as Generation Hot, because their entire lives will be shaped by global warming. Global youth protest is the new face of the climate movement.

Who's gonna free the world if not you and me? In Bangs & Buddha a meek Tokyo schoolgirl and a tired Left-Coast drag queen break out of the humdrum in a quest for freedom. Brought to you by the creative stylings of The Only Animal's Kendra Fanconi and Eric Rhys Miller, with special guest artists, Maiko Bae Yamamoto, Wendy Bross Stuart, and Mima Preston.

This is geocaching as you've never seen it before. The Only Animal's artists create hidden treasure troves on ecological themes. Discover what is hiding in the great green. If you missed the launch day—never fear, you can experience Treasure Trail on your own. 

dog eat dog photo by Tim Matheson

dog eat dog leaps from parallel worlds, to the real world with five true stories, inspired by recent news reports. The Only Animal is on the hunt for survival tactics: tracking a refugee from Hurricane Katrina, a Sasquatch stalker, an unlikely escape artist, a feral grocery clerk, and the woman who holds the world record in grilled cheese consumption. Truth is there, somewhere in the cultural-Cusinart of song-lyrics, CBC, natural disasters urban myths, prison art, roadside attractions, and competitive eating contests.

Get set for an interspecies collaboration that can happen in your own back yard. Inspired by text from Tinkers novelist, Paul Harding, as adapted by Playwright Kendra Fanconi and created by animation artist Cindy Mochizuki and sound artist Nancy Tam. Watch at home, and be ready to build something new. You can do it with one-hand tied behind your back...

The One that Got Away tells the story of a girl with a fish where her heart should be, chasing her rapscallion grandfather into an afterlife reckoning with love and loss. This play-in-a-pool combines narrative, music and innovative water staging in a tale of submerged Jewish identity. It premiered in Vancouver, Canada as a co-production with Electric Company and the Norman Rothstein Theatre, and received 11 nominations and 4 Jessie Awards including Best Production of 2002.

Climate change requires that our societies evolve, quickly and creatively. The Only Animal believes the arts have an important role to play. Generation Hot invites younger artists to take part in theatrical action in this climate moment.