February 12, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
Cast of Up to Low. © Sarah Hoy
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Cast of Up to Low. © Sarah Hoy
Theatre Drama Comedy
“Up to Low is captivating, heart-warming, and above all, magical… definitely a show worth seeing for the whole family.”  OnStageOttawa.com

NAC English Theatre Production

Based on the novel by Ottawa’s beloved Brian Doyle, Up to Low is the magical and mystical tale of a young boy’s journey to manhood. Twelve-year-old Tommy is on the road with his father and volatile family friend Frank, heading back to the cabin they haven’t visited since Tommy’s mother died. But Tommy also remembers Bridget, whose eyes are the deep green of the Gatineau Hills. Filled with deserted farms, smoky taverns and midnight rows upriver, Up to Low captures 1950s Ottawa Valley in a way that is both familiar and brand new.

Recommended for ages 12 +.

Performance is approximately 95 minutes with no intermission.

video: Take the Journey UP TO LOW
Take the Journey UP TO LOW
Cast of Up to Low. © Sarah Hoy
Company © David Hou
Chris Ralph, Brendan McMurtry-Howlett, Attila Clemann © David Hou
Company © David Hou
Company © David Hou
Company © David Hou
Brendan McMurtry-Howlett, Megan Carty © David Hou
Cabaret Seating © David Hou


  • By Brian Doyle
  • Adapted for the stage and directed by Janet Irwin
  • Music Director Ian Tamblyn
  • Featuring Pierre Brault, Megan Carty, Attila Clemann, Brendan McMurtry-Howlett, Paul Rainville, Chris Ralph, Doreen Taylor-Claxton, Kristina Watt
  • Musicians Ian Tamblyn, Ellen Daly, Pat Maher
  • Sets and Props Designer Brian Smith
  • Costume Designer Sarah Waghorn
  • Lighting Designer Martin Conboy
  • Assistant Director Attila Clemann
  • Dramaturg Amanda West Lewis
  • Stage Manager Laurie Champagne
  • Assistant Stage Manager Jane Vanstone Osborn