The Breathing Hole/Aglu

© Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona
© Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona
Indigenous arts Theatre Drama
  • In-person event

  • Approx. 3 hours  with intermission
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:00 am Seats available

In a masterful feat of stagecraft and imagination, The Breathing Hole brings to life the legendary tale of a polar bear cub adopted by an Inuk grandmother, carrying us through centuries of tumultuous contact between those who honour the North and those who exploit it.

The play is presented in English and Inuktut.  

  • Adults

    One free adult chaperone ticket for every 15 student admissions purchased. Special Needs Assistants are admitted free of charge. Any additional chaperones are allowed at the discretion of the National Arts Centre and are charged $12 (HST included). 

  • Payment deadlines

    Full payment is required by the payment deadline (5 weeks before the performance). The NAC reserves the right to cancel any orders submitted but not paid for by the payment deadline.  

  • Seating

    There are no reserved seats for NAC student matinee performances. Instead of tickets you will receive a letter of admission and groups will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis at the performance.  The letter of admission will be issued upon receipt of full payment. 

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  • By Colleen Murphy
  • With Siobhan Arnatsiaq-Murphy
  • Nattilingmiutut translation by Janet Tamalik McGrath
  • Director Reneltta Arluk

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