May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
David Yee © Matt Barnes
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David Yee © Matt Barnes
Theatre Drama
“This play contains nine stories. Stories about redemption, the impossibility of grief, loss, strange serendipity, brutality, sacrifice...but the play, as a whole, as the bottle these missives are preserved inside...this is a play about hope.” David Yee

NAC English Theatre Production

Centred around the cataclysmic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami carried away on the crest of a wave illustrates how world events link us all together. From two brothers in Malaysia trying to save their house from sinking, a Canadian radio-show host angered by disaster-relief efforts, a grieving Japanese father, to a lonely woman in Utah baking a pie, the play explores humanity in times of disaster.

Winner of the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and directed by Siminovitch Prize laureate Kim Collier, carried away on the crest of a wave shows that despite our differences, we are all connected through serendipity, loss and love.

The stellar cast includes John Ng from CBC TV’s Kim’s Convenience, Zaib Shaikh, star of CBC TV’s Little Mosque on the Prairie, Adrienne Wong, a frequent director at the GCTC, Kayvon Khoshkam from NAC's productions of Twelfth Night and The December Man (L’homme de décembre) and Jenny Young from the NAC’s productions of Innocence Lost: A Play about Steven Truscott and The Penelopiad.

Audience Advisory: Mature content and brief nudity. Fog and haze effects are used in this production.

Performance is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission

David Yee © Matt Barnes
Zaib Shaikh, Kayvon Khoshkam © David Hou
John Ng, Clarissa Lauzon, Ryan Hollyman © David Hou
Adrienne Wong, Zaib Shaikh. © David Hou
John Ng, Ryan Hollyman © David Hou
© David Hou
Chirag Naik, Zaib Shaikh © David Hou
Jenny Young © David Hou
Jonathan Tan, Kayvon Khoshkam © David Hou
Jenny Young, Adrienne Wong, Andrea Yu, Ryan Hollyman © David Hou
Chirag Naik © David Hou
© David Hou


  • By David Yee
  • Directed by Kim Collier
  • with Ryan Hollyman, Kayvon Khoshkam, Clarissa Lauzon, Chirag Naik, John Ng, Zaib Shaikh, Jonathan Tan, Adrienne Wong, Jenny Young, Andrea Yu
  • Set and Costume Designer Camellia Koo
  • Lighting Designer Gerald King
  • Sound Designer Brian Linds
  • Assistant Director Pamela Feghali
  • Stage Manager Laurie Champagne
  • Assistant Stage Manager Loreen Gibson