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 2017/18 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. Ages 3 and up

    • Directed and co-created by

      Ginette Mohr

    • Co-created by

      Andrew G. Young, Elliott Loran and Ingrid Hansen

    • Feb 14, 2018, 9:45am (English)
    • Feb 14, 2018, 12:00pm (English)
    • Feb 15, 2018, 9:45am (English)
    • Feb 15, 2018, 12:00pm (English)
    • Feb 16, 2018, 9:45am (English)
    • Feb 16, 2018, 12:00pm (English)

    $5 + HST | One act without intermission
    A SNAFU and Snack Music Collective Production 

    Interactive puppet creations
    Curriculum connections in Drama, Visual Art, Music, Creativity

    In a cozy, playful corner of the newly renovated NAC, young children share stories of family and friends, and the adventures and challenges of growing up. The stories are then instantly brought to life through puppetry by Canada’s Fringe favourites, SNAFU Dance Theatre. Join us afterwards for a stay-and-play session with the performers!

  2. Grade 9 – College/University

    • By

      Omari Newton

    • Directed by

      Diane Roberts

    • Apr 18, 2018, 12:00pm (English)

    $10 + HST | One act without intermission
    Produced by Sal Capone Productions (Vancouver/Toronto)

    Hip-hop theatre mash-up
    Curriculum connections in Social Sciences, Music, Drama, Cultural Studies, Psychology

    This raw and passionate tale by playwright Omari Newton digs deep into the lives of a hip-hop crew coming to terms, personally and professionally, with the police-shooting death of their DJ, Sammy. In the aftermath of the tragedy, this once-tight group struggles with grief in different ways. Do they carry on with canned beats? Or do they seek revenge? With seismic hip-hop beats and powerhouse performances, Sal Capone raises a mighty fist to the difficult issues of our time – prejudice, homophobia and injustice – with grace and wit.

    Advisory: Mature themes, strong language and violence.

  3. Grade 7 – College/University

    • By

      Brian Doyle

    • Adapted for the stage and directed by

      Janet Irwin

    • Featuring

      Pierre Brault, Megan Carty, Attila Clemann, Brendan McMurtry-Howlett, Paul Rainville, Chris Ralph, Doreen Taylor-Claxton, Kristina Watt

    • Sets and Props Designer

      Brian Smith

    Grade 7 – College/University

    • May 16, 2018, 12:00pm (English)

    $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.