Up to Low

Grade 7 – College/University

May 16, 2018

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

NAC English Theatre Production

  • By Brian Doyle
  • Adapted for the stage and directed by Janet Irwin

$13 + HST | Two acts with intermission
An NAC English Theatre Production

Heart-stirring dramatic comedy
Curriculum connections in Literature, Drama, Music, Social Sciences, Geography, Humanities

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 his boozy Uncle 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.


  • 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
Up to Low is captivating, heart-warming, and above all, magical… definitely a show worth seeing for the whole family.” 


I first saw this local masterwork just across the canal at Arts Court. There’s an impressive group of artists who live and work right here in Ottawa and this dark and exuberant piece showcases their great talent, telling a story close to their hearts.


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