Welcome to the first ever production of the NAC Indigenous Theatre department!
It has been an honour to partner with our friends in English Theatre to bring you Marie Clements’ The Unnatural and Accidental Women, directed by Muriel Miguel. We are so excited to be able to offer this play as the opening production of the Mòshkamo Indigenous Arts Festival, that celebrates the inaugural season of NAC Indigenous Theatre. Marie’s work has been an enormous influence on my art practice, as an actor, writer and creator of theatre. With the completion of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, it is fitting that a play that wrestles so poetically with this national tragedy be our season opener.
This season of Indigenous Theatre celebrates the strength, resilience and beauty of Indigenous women; it is therefore also fitting that our Indigenous Theatre matriarch Muriel Miguel leads us into this powerful story of resilience in the face of horror.
All of us in the NAC’s English Theatre are so proud to partner with Kevin and the Indigenous Theatre team to bring this incredible work to the stage. Those of you who have loved Marie Clement’s previous NAC productions – Copper Thunderbird, Burning Vision and The Edward Curtis Project – won’t be disappointed with this impactful, inventive and important work.
Congratulations to our friends in Indigenous Theatre as they launch a whole new vision for the NAC, and welcome back to a great season of theatre to all of you.
I am so honoured to have been asked to direct The Unnatural and Accidental Women, the very first Indigenous production from the Indigenous Theatre section of the National Arts Centre. I began my relationship with the amazing Marie Clements and with this play 20 years ago. I was blown away. It hit the mark. It was and is an incredibly important piece of work. It shines a necessary light on the lives of murdered and missing Indigenous women who are our sisters, our mothers, our daughters, our friends. The violence brought upon them is pervasive and it must stop.
I would like to thank this amazing cast for their passion and generosity and for their trust to follow me, even when they might not know where they are going as we navigate this dense and intimate material; our choreographer, composer and design team for their big vision; stage management for keeping things running smoothly; my partner for keeping me together and also the wonderful crew of the NAC. I would most of all like to thank Marie and Artistic Director Kevin Loring for trusting me with this play. Nuedi.