May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
NAC English Theatre

Grand Acts of Great Hope

Theatre New works

As we edge closer to a new normal, a powerful sense of hope is surging. To celebrate each step we take, NAC English Theatre is bringing together some of the country’s most inventive artists to create and perform innovative new works with Grand Acts of Great Hope. These acts will inspire and embolden audiences for the brave new world facing us post-pandemic. 

Following the success of Grand Acts of TheatreGrand Acts of Great Hope will continue the NAC’s investment in the creation of ambitious new work from artists across the country, delivering performances safely in front of local audiences and later shared online. The hope is these works will help prepare us for the safe return when audiences and artists can once again share space together. 

NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley has once again teamed up with Sherry J Yoon, Artistic Director of Boca del Lupo (Vancouver), as the Co-Curator of Grand Acts of Great Hope. Boca del Lupo is an acclaimed theatre company which creates and presents performances in unconventional spaces. For this initiative, Ms. Keiley and Ms. Yoon issued an open call for proposals, which prompted exciting submissions from a large swath of companies and artists.  

From that call, five works from locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia were chosen to be showcased for Grand Acts of Great Hope
The five companies will perform their work live on location on select dates in late June and early July, in preparation for national audiences to experience the performances online later in September.

The live performances will take place in various regions of the country and will respect health and safety guidelines in each location. After the live performances have taken place, the NAC will share videos from each performance on its website and social media channels.

Dates and times subject to change.

Upcoming events

  1. A Mid-Summer's Daydream

    The Shakespeare Company and One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre (Calgary, AB)

    One Yellow Rabbits' (OYR) Denise Clarke and The Shakespeare Company's (TSC) Haysam Kadri will co-direct with Kunji Ikeda as … read more

  2. Connect Across the Back Forty! Join Narrative Design Collective, Globe Theatre Regina, and the National Arts Centre in this grand act of hope. NDC sent 3000 letters … read more

  3. Siiye'yu

    Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolfpack) and Mortal Coil (Vancouver, BC)

    Siiye'yu (friends, relatives) On a site joining past and the present - sən̓aʔqʷ  (settler name: Vanier Park) … read more

  4. First Flight

    Two Planks and a Passion Theatre in association with Theatre du Poulet (Canning, NS)

    A beautiful moment of joy and release - a bird’s first flight - will be recreated through larger-than-life puppetry in a stunning outdoor setting. … read more

  5. Wishes in the Wind

    Theatre Direct with FIXT POINT Arts and Media (Toronto, ON)

    EXACT PERFORMANCE DATE TO BE CONFIRMED After another long school year, Wishes in the Wind is a soulful parade that captures the struggles and … read more

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