Theatre

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

jar of water labelled "drizzle"

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.

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.

in development

August 22, 2020 - April 1, 2021

Climate Change Reset: Learning From the Global Pandemic poster

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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.

Welcome to the 3rd Annual SLIME conference. Join 100 animals, seven young translators, scientists and suits, and fellow humans and step just slightly in the future... Seated amongst the delegates, you might hear an otter swimming down an aisle, a dolphin whistling at your elbow or a seabird over your shoulder: animals too have something to say. We c

July 2005

Winner: Jessie Richardson Award for Significant Artistic Achievement - Expanding the Scope of Site-Specific Theatre in Vancouver

Inspired by human-scale chess on the streets of New York and the Permaculture movement, Cedar Board Game is a free, live, interactive, collaborative event for twenty-five players at a time.  Cedar Board Game is a playful engagement with the natural environment that features the five senses and your own ingenuity. We provide the giant game board. You and your kids, family and friends are the ones who play.

Through Generation Hot: Waterborne, a five-month mentorship program, The Only Animal and Vancouver Fringe Festival are supporting and presenting the work of seven writer-directors ages 17-24. Thanks to support from the Telus Community Foundation as well as RBC’s emerging artist program, these young artists have participated in free workshops creating short works for this year’s Fringe. Each participant has found a personal response to a chosen site on Granville Island and the theme of Water.

Tinkers by The Only Animal, photo by Sophia Dagher, From Left to Right Nancy Tam, Kiana, Asha

Tinkers is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Paul Harding. This new transcendentalist work features an intimate and dazzling relationship with the natural world, woven into a story of family karma.  Through an intergenerational story we meet a young boy and his search for his long-lost father Howard, the epileptic peddler with donkey and wagon, estranged from his family, and ever-ecstatic in his relationship with nature.