Season 3 is here!


Season 3 has arrived!

Dear friends and supporters of TACTICS,

The time has finally come! We are extremely excited to announce that the third season of TACTICS officially opens tomorrow (Thursday, April 20) and runs through to Saturday, May 6. This year’s festival contains more programming and interdisciplinary artists than ever before, and it’s all packed into just two and a half weeks. Arts Court is sure to be bustling with important work from some of the city’s most innovative creators, and we hope you will all come out to support these inspiring indie artists.

If you would like to read more about what is in store, take a look at this preview piece written by Brian Carroll of Apt 613:

And here is an in-depth look at at this year’s amazing lineup of the mainstage shows, works-in-development, and special event programming. Tickets and show times are available at

Mainstage Series:

8th Generation Storytelling presents
The Hottentot Venus – Untold
Created and Performed by Jacqui du Toit
April 19 (preview)-April 23

An original theatrical storytelling based on he life and death of Sarah Baartman. This one-woman performance follows the story of one of the first indigenous African women from the Khoisan clan to be taken from her home, Cape Town, South Africa and put on display as a ‘freak’ show at 225 Piccadilly, London in 1810.

Cart Before the Horse Theatre Company presents
girls!girls!girls! by Greg MacArthur
Featuring: Megan Carty, Sam Dietrich, Maryse Fernandes, Mariah Horner, Gabbie Lazarovitz
April 26 (preview)-May 6

Although fictional, this play was written in response to the events surrounding the brutal death of Reena Virk in Victoria, British Columbia and by the Columbine Massacre in Colorado, USA. The playwright was moved “not only by the terror struck into the lives of the victims, but also by the unrecognized struggles of the killers—the distorted yet human face of social rebellion and boredom, recklessness, and control.”

Workshop Series:

The Omnibus Bill
By Darrah Teitel, directed by Esther Jun
April 29 at 4pm and April 30 at 7pm

Set in Bowmanville, Ontario in 1969, this piece is about midwives, abortion, and sex work, and all the hypocrites who keep them illegal.

By Madeleine Boyes-Manseau
April 30 at 5pm and May 5 at 10pm

…in that unabashed, guttural, and unladylike kind of way. A search through maternal ancestry, the spiritual legacies of ravenously hungry women and the ecstatic potential of our flesh.

By Amelia Griffin
May 2 at 6:30pm and May 5 at 6pm

Contemporary dance-theatre solo on female cultural inheritance through the lens of the creator’s Ukrainian and British Grandmothers’ identities.

 when god was wolf
By Tim Ginley, directed by Rebecca Benson
May 2 at 8pm and May 6 at 5pm

To every freedom a cost. when god was wolf unearths our darkest roots, exploring 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

William Beddoe, John Doucet, Jacqui Du Toit, Laurie Fyffe, Mishka Lavigne, and Norah Paton explore Homefront in a devised theatre creation.

Special Event Programming:

Lucila Al Mar Album Release Party
Friday, April 21 at 9:30pm

A celebration of her new album, Nada es Para Siempre//Nothing is Forever. Live performance by Lucila and her band. After party DJ’d by Chico6Trece

Now for than Ever: Theatre & Politics
Monday, May 1

Is democracy in crisis? If so, what can theatre do to inspire, educate, and entertain in a new era of uncertainty?

6pm staged reading of George Orwell’s 1984
8pm Theatre Matters panel discussion

Show Plates
Thursday, May 4 at 6pm

A multi-course meal created by some of Ottawa’s best indie chefs, led by Tarek Hassan of Gongfu Bao. Ticket includes admission to 8pm performance of girls!girls!girls!

Critics’ Salon
Thursday, May 4 at 9:30pm

A post-show conversation hosted by the New Ottawa Critics.

Creator Exchange
Saturday, May 6 at 11am

10 playwrights meet 10 dramaturgs/directors in this free event in partnership with PGC and LMDA. To register, please contact Nicole at

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Spotlight on the Workshop Series

In the weeks leading up to the series, we are publishing a series of posts that spotlight the many different plays and events that will be part of TACTICS 2017. Read on to get the inside scoop on our programming!

By Matt Hertendy, TACTICS Steering Committee 

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Photo by Andrew Alexander at the TACTICS Artists’ Retreat

In progress: the perpetual state of getting ready. As a playwright and creator this is a stage I find myself in more often than not. So, when initiatives like TACTICS introduce a Workshop Series, it makes this boy very very excited!

Season 3 of TACTICS will see new work by local creators given rehearsal space, technical support and an audience to get some eyes on their work very early on; truly a gift for the creative process. This instalment of the weekly blog previews the Workshop Series, and why you should be as excited about it as I am.

First up, is The Omnibus Bill by Darrah Teital. Some of you may remember Darrah’s play Corpus as the pilot production for the TACTICS Series. For The Omnibus Bill she is teaming up with director Esther Jun, who was in Ottawa this past fall directing The Last Wife at GCTC. Esther recently became the Assistant Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. An impressively talented team, with a “sexy and political” new piece for the first instalment of the Workshop Series.

Next, one of my favourite local creators Madeleine Boyes-Manseau will present her solo piece WANTING. Mado is no stranger to TACTICS, having directed May Can Theatre’s Happiness™ and receiving a Prix Rideau Award nomination for Outstanding Director for her work. I was lucky enough to catch an early peak of this at the undercurrents festival New Play Tuesday in 2016, and have been waiting eagerly for more ever since.


Photo by Andrew Alexander at the TACTICS Artists’ Retreat

Things get inter-disciplinary when Amelia Griffin presents her personal, new solo dance-theatre choreography piece UKnadian. Amelia’s work has recently been featured in The Ghomeshi Effect, and last season’s feelers. I’m not much of a dance guy, but I can tell Amelia’s choreography is unique and intriguing in her use of abstraction, and symbolism, yet the storytelling remains very accessible and a joy to watch. Amelia has been blogging about her process, and you can read all about it here:

when god was wolf is a new Canadian gothic drama written by local playwright Tim Ginley. I sat in on the table read back in February, and wow this is an experience. when god was wolf is reminiscent of a Tennessee Williams play, but trippy, distorted, grotesque and not for the faint of heart. A strong script, where everything is not as it seems. The staged reading will be directed by Rebecca Benson with a fantastic Ottawa cast including Paul Rainville, Kristina Watt and Elise Gauthier.

Finally, The Home Show (formerly announced with the working title HOME/less) is a devised theatre piece led by Evolution Theatre artistic director Laurie Fyffe. The Home Show is a “theatrical open house” on the subject of home. This piece features another all-star ensemble, including: William Beddoe, John Doucet, Jacqui Du Toit, Laurie Fyffe, Mishka Lavigne, and Norah Paton. The Home Show will also be presented at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival.

There you have it! The TACTICS Workshop Series is an exciting opportunity to catch what is in the local theatre scene’s slow cooker. For the full schedule, including when to catch these presentations, click here:


Photo by Andrew Alexander at the TACTICS Artists’ Retreat

TACTICS 2017 line-up announced!

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our 2017 Series Launch Party! We had a wonderful time mixing and mingling with artists and supporters. We also enjoyed stiff competition in the TACTICS theatre game show!
This spring, we’ve got two mainstage productions, five works in progress by local creators and a series of interdisciplinary special event programming, running April 19 – May 6, 2017 in Arts Court Theatre. Tickets for the mainstage shows are now available for purchase at We are also pleased to be launching our new website right here at Check here for details on all our shows, and we look forward to seeing you at Arts Court this April and May!

TACTICS 2017 Series Programming

Mainstage Series

These  productions by innovative Ottawa artists will each have a full run in Arts Court Theatre.

The Hottentot Venus – untold

by Jacqui du Toit, presented by 8thGeneration Performance

April 19 – 23

An original theatrical storytelling based on the life and death of Sarah Baartman, one of the first indigenous African women from the Khoisan clan to be taken from her home in Cape Town, South Africa and put on display as a “freak” show at 225 Piccadilly, London in 1810. (details)

girls! girls! girls!

by Greg MacArthur, presented by Cart Before the Horse

April 26 – May 6

Four young teenagers seek brutal revenge on the winner of a gymnastics competition and go on a hunt for her red ribbon.

A gritty drama written in response to the events surrounding the brutal death of ReenaVirk in Victoria, BC and the Columbine massacre in Colorado, USA. (details)

TACTICS Workshop Series

These works in progress by Ottawa creators will each be presented twice during the series.

The Omnibus Bill by Darrah Teitel (details)

WANTING by Madeleine Boyes-Manseau (details)

UKnadian by Amelia Griffin (details)

when god was wolf by Tim Ginley (details)

HOME/Less by Evolution Theatre (details)

TACTICS Special Event Series

Diverse programming at Arts Court Theatre and Studio around our theatrical productions including an album release concert, a staged reading and panel discussion, workshops, a pre-show pop-up dinner, creators’ exchange, and more!  (details)

Photos by Andrew Alexander