Cast of Up to Low.

Sarah Hoy

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.


  • 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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Post-Performance Talkbacks

A post-performance talkback takes place after every student matinee performance, allowing time to debrief, discuss and debate the work, and ask the artists questions.

Free Preview Tickets for Teachers

We’re pleased to offer a pair of complimentary tickets to a preview performance for teachers who have reserved for their students, allowing you and a guest to attend the performance prior to bringing your class.

Adult Supervisor Tickets

One FREE adult chaperone ticket is provided for every 15 student tickets purchased.

Reading Copies

Copies of scripts for most of our productions are available upon request. To obtain reading copies please email

Flexible Numbers

We know it can be difficult to pin-point exact numbers in advance, so a reduction of up to 10% of your booking is permissible up to one week prior to the performance. Any reduction will be credited to your English Theatre Student Matinee account, or can be transferred to other classes within your school. Refunds will not be issued for reductions or cancellations. Additions to your booking may be made up to the day before the performance, subject to availability. 

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