English Theatre Student Matinees

Artistic experiences are essential to lifelong learning, enabling us to reflect upon ourselves and our world with new eyes. Live theatre encourages students of all ages to develop critical thinking, expand points of view, understand different perspectives, and foster a sense of identity, opinion and artistic appreciation. At NAC English Theatre we want every child, student, adult and elder to feel welcome and comfortable in the theatrical experience. Our goal is to foster dialogue, empathy and inspiration, and create a space where artistry, education and passion collectively take centre stage.

NAC English Theatre takes pride in bringing the best of Canadian theatre to our national stage. All our student matinees feature artist Talkbacks – a chance to meet, explore and share with the people behind the plays. Most productions have companion study guides including curriculum connections, classroom activities and discussion questions, giving educators tools to engage their students in meaningful conversations.

We're pleased to present the 2018/19 Season English Theatre Student Matinees.

We hope you will join us for some or all of these diverse, unique, Canadian stories.

For information on in-school workshops, backstage tours and other English Theatre education activities - click here.

  1. Grade 9 – College/University | Curriculum connections in Canadian History, Social Sciences, Cultural Studies, Drama

    • Playwright

      Lorena Gale

    • Director

      Mike Payette

    • Angélique

      Jenny Brizard

    • Ignace

      Chip Chuipka

    • François

      Karl Graboshas

    • Claude

      Olivier Lamarche

    • César

      Omari Newton

    • Manon

      PJ Prudat

    • Thérèse

      France Rolland

    • Featuring

      Sixtrum Percussion Ensemble

    • Set and Costume Designer

      Eo Sharp

    • Lighting Designer

      David Perreault Ninacs

    • Assistant Director

      Dayane Ntibarikure

    • Assistant Props Designer

      Zoe Roux

    • Assistant Costume Designer

      Nalo Soyini Bruce

    • Choreographer

      Ghislaine Doté

    • Stage Manager

      Birdie Gregor

    • Assistant Stage Manager

      Jessica Pukay

    • By

      Lorena Gale

    • Director

      Mike Payette

    Grade 9 – College/University | Curriculum connections in Canadian History, Social Sciences, Cultural Studies, Drama

    Reserve
    • Mar 27, 2019, 12:00pm (English)

    On a warm spring day in 1734, “troublesome slave” Marie-Joseph Angélique set fire to the city of Montreal. Or so the story goes. With dreams of escaping the false safety of domestic servitude in New France for freedom in New England, Angélique was instead condemned for the crime. But was she truly guilty? From playwright Lorena Gale, Angélique weaves seamlessly between historical and contemporary times, speaking to us through the flames with an urgent message from the past to our own time.

  2. Grade 8 – College/University | Curriculum connections in Drama, Social Sciences, Psychology, Canadian Studies

    • Written by

      Rebecca Auerbach, Jason Chesworth, Gil Garratt, George Meanwell, J.D. Nicholsen, Gemma James Smith, Birgitte Solem and Severn Thompson

    • Director

      Severn Thompson

    Grade 8 – College/University | Curriculum connections in Drama, Social Sciences, Psychology, Canadian Studies

    Reserve
    • May 1, 2019, 12:00pm (English)

    In one of the wildest frauds in Canadian history, Arlan Galbraith built a bird-breeding empire called Pigeon King International, using investments from hundreds of his neighbours and fellow farmers. For seven years, he offered a lifeline of financial hope to people whose luck had nearly run out. But was he really a scheming con man? Or a hapless victim of his own preposterous dream? The Pigeon King tells Galbraith’s incredible story, and reminds us that even well-meaning lies eventually come home to roost.

  3. Grade 8 – College/University | Curriculum connections in Music, Drama, Canadian Studies, Science, Social Studies

    • By

      Robert Chafe

    • Music Composed and Arranged By

      The Once

    Grade 8 – College/University | Curriculum connections in Music, Drama, Canadian Studies, Science, Social Studies

    Reserve
    • May 14, 2019, 12:00pm (English)

    In the final moments of his extraordinary life, east coast whale researcher Jon Lien tried desperately to tell his wife something, which she struggled to understand. Between Breaths floats through the inspiring career of the man who freed more than 500 whales from fishing nets. From his unexpected first encounter with a whale, Lien worked to earn the trust of the injured giants, as well as the fishermen whose nets accidentally entrapped them. With an evocative, live score by The Once, this moving work by renowned playwright Robert Chafe (The Colony of Unrequited Dreams) examines what it means to find your passion and how to let it go.

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