Week 3: 1984, Workshops, Show Plates & girls!


Week 3 is in full swing—with special events, workshop performances, and 5 more chances to see girls! girls! girls!

May 1: Now More Than Ever: Theatre & Politics—a staged reading of George Orwell’s 1984, followed by a Theatre Matters community discussion at Arts Court Theatre. This is a benefit performance, with PWYC tickets at the door, and all proceeds going to Refugee 613.

May 4: Show Platesa new initiative to combine theatre and food, featuring a team of Ottawa’s most exciting independent chefs, led by Tarek Hassan of Gongfu Bao. This gourmet pre-show dinner precedes the evening mainstage performance of girls! girls! girls! Tickets available here.

In addition to the mainstage programming this year (girls! girls! girls! by Greg MacArthur, produced by the award-winning Cart Before The Horse Theatre, runs until May 6th), TACTICS has added a series of special events and workshop readings of new works. This week features 1984 tonight and Show Plates on Thursday.

This version of 1984 is adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan and features an all-star cast. Winnipeg actors Sharon Bajer and Cory Wojcik, currently starring in Brad Fraser’s Kill Me Now at the NAC’s English Theatre, join Ottawa favourites John Koensgen, Brad Long, Rebecca Benson, Sarah Finn and Barry Daley. The reading is directed by TACTICS Artistic Director Bronwyn Steinberg and is followed by Theatre Matters, a community discussion led by Laurie Fyffe with panelists Dr. Shirley Steinberg and Jacqui du Toit joining the actors.

“These panels are about encouraging the sharing of ideas among a broad spectrum of artists living and working in our community,” says Laurie Fyffe. “It’s a natural fit for this age in which the hounds of the Internet are spewing out alternative facts, and democratic institutions and governments around the world are being challenged. Against the backdrop of these larger political shifts, we’d like to engage these theatre practitioners and educators by asking how they respond theatrically to these times.”

Independent theatre meets independent chefs!

Show Plates is a five-course pre-show meal crafted by five of Ottawa’s most talented indie chefs. Your $65 ticket includes dinner & admission to the 8pm performance of girls! girls! girls! on the TACTICS mainstage.

Tarek Hassan (chef/owner Gongfu bao cart), rallied this crew of fellow food industry grinders with one thing in common: an appetite to do things their own way…

  • Kristine Hartling (Oz Kafe)
  • Myke Frank (Resident at Citizen)
  • Matt Gardiner (Bue Grasso)
  • Shawn Chodat (Shawn’s Fried Chicken & Alex)

Limited tickets available!

TACTICS Workshop Series

In addition to our mainstage programming, we have introduced the TACTICS Workshop Series for local creators to share their works in progress. These pieces each have two public presentations, usually before or after the mainstage performance. The Omnibus Bill and WANTING were both presented over the weekend; look out for UKnadian, when god was wolf and The Home Show this week.
by Amelia Griffin
May 2 at 6:30pm & May 5 at 6pm
‘UKnadian’ is a new contemporary dance-theatre solo choreographed and performed by Amelia Griffin on female cultural inheritance through the lens of her Ukrainian, and British Grandmothers’ identities.
when god was wolf
by Tim Ginley
May 2 at 8pm and May 6 at 5pm
Silence and secrets are the Parish family’s birthright. To break free of her family’s stranglehold Casandra Parish must face some ugly truths before hope is lost. But to every freedom a cost. When God was Wolf unearths humanity’s darkest roots and explores a family’s forfeiture in this taut Canadian Gothic drama.
The Home Show
by Evolution Theatre
May 3 at 6pm and May 5 at 6pm

The Evolution Theatre ensemble of William Beddoe, Jacqui du Toit, Laurie Fyffe, Jacy Pyl and Norah Paton explore the home front in a devised theatre creation.


girls! girls! girls! continues on the TACTICS mainstage

May 3-6 at 8pm and May 6 at 2pm