Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer arrives at the NAC

Governor General’s Award-winning playwright and director Kevin Loring brings this biting satire to the stage

May 4, 2023 – OTTAWA (Canada) – In association with Theatre Calgary, the Belfry Theatre and Savage Society, NAC Indigenous Theatre is proud to welcome the relentlessly irreverent Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer in the Babs Asper Theatre from May 18 to 27, 2023.

"Little Red wakes up one day and discovers that a development is under construction on his ancestral land. So, he runs in, attacks a developer, and gets arrested. At the jail, he meets his court-appointed lawyer, who devises a plan to get Red his land back. We follow Red on this journey, but it's pretty heightened... and hijinks ensue!"—Kevin Loring.

More than 20 years ago, Loring conceived the idea for the play during his theatre studies in Vancouver. As he delved into classic European farces, including those by renowned French playwrights Molière and Ionesco, he was reminded of the traditional creation stories of his Salish-speaking Indigenous culture, stories that originate from the interior of what is now British Columbia.

In this Trickster Fable, we are taken through the play from the storyteller's perspective: the Coyote. As Kevin explains, "In Trickster stories, nobody gets away unscathed."

Touching on weighty topics such as land usage, sovereignty, colonialism, and the historical exclusion of First Nations from having rights to their land, Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer challenges—in a very satirical form—experiences and realities about Canada, our relationship with First Nations people and First Nations people's relationship with the Crown, all while poking fun at everything and everyone.


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As we have in past seasons, Indigenous Theatre will continue to offer community engaged activity, learning opportunities and corollary programming in and around the work presented on stage. We are honoured to be able to continue to offer $15 All My Relations tickets to the Indigenous community in the upcoming season. It extends to most of the programming from all disciplines at the NAC.


Indigenous Theatre and Programming at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the generous support of individuals and corporations from across the country. The National Arts Centre Foundation wishes to acknowledge the leadership support of Mohammed A. Faris, Kenneth and Margaret Torrance Endowment for Indigenous Theatre and an Anonymous Donor. Thank you to Indigenous Theatre Season Sponsor BMO Financial Group, Official Hotel Partner Embassy Hotel & Suites, and Official Rail Partner VIA Rail. Thank you also to TD Bank Group and the Slaight Family Foundation, Major Sponsors of Indigenous Programming at the National Arts Centre, and Presenting Partner of #ReconcileThis Meta. We also express our sincere gratitude to the Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts for their longstanding support of the NAC and the arts in Canada. 


The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre in collaboration with Black Theatre Workshop, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety — and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe.


Ian Hobson

Communications Strategist, Indigenous Theatre
National Arts Centre
(343) 588-0742

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