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“Children of God is must-see theatre for Canadians.” Globe and Mail

NAC Co-production

NAC English Theatre Collaboration

An Urban Ink (Vancouver) Production in collaboration with NAC English Theatre, in association with Raven Theatre (Vancouver) and presented in association with the NAC's Canada Scene Festival.

Children of God is a gorgeous, powerful musical about an Oji-Cree family whose children were taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario. The story of Rita, a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, Tom and Julia, who never knew she came, pushes toward redemption. Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit. Inspired by First Nations music, Payette’s profoundly moving score also includes echoes of provocative Broadway masterpieces such as Fun Home and Next to Normal

Audience Advisory: Mature themes. Some audience members may find certain scenes disturbing.
Emotional Support Workers are available to provide counseling to audience members who may require it. All are welcome in our support room. Please see an usher for directions.

“I saw this production in Kamloops on the third night of a small festival season presented by the Western Canadian Theatre Company. I’m sure they could have sold out three times for the number of people clamouring to get in, all after word of mouth had spread from the first two nights about this powerful musical by Oji-Cree writer Corey Payette. I knew after the first scene that it was destined for Canada’s stage.” – Jillian Keiley, Artistic director, NAC English Theatre

Performance is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including intermission

video: Children of God
Children of God
video: Children of God - Creator Corey Payette
Children of God - Creator Corey Payette
Michelle Bardach © Matt Barnes
Herbie Barnes, Kevin Loring, Aaron M. Wells © Emily Cooper
Children of God © Emily Cooper
Michael Torontow, Aaron M. Wells, Kevin Loring, Herbie Barnes © Emily Cooper
Cheyenne Scott and Trish Lindstrom © Emily Cooper
Cheyenne Scott, Herbie Barnes, Kim Harvey, Kevin Loring, Kaitlyn Yott, Aaron M. Wells © Emily Cooper


  • A musical by Corey Payette
  • Featuring Herbie Barnes
  • Featuring Cathy Elliott
  • Featuring Kim Harvey
  • Featuring Trish Lindstrom
  • Featuring Kevin Loring
  • Featuring Cheyenne Scott
  • Featuring Michael Torontow
  • Featuring Aaron M. Wells
  • Featuring Kaitlyn Yott