The Belfry Theatre presents “Salt Baby”

Salt Baby

A modern comedy about finding out who you really are.

Salt BabyFrom April 17 to May 13, 2018, the Belfry Theatre will present Falen Johnson’s comedy, Salt Baby. Directed by Johnson, Salt Baby stars Dakota Ray Hebert (as Salt Baby), Colin Dingwall (as Grandfather and others), Timothy L. Hill (as Dad) and Nathan Howe (as Alligator).


Salt Baby is a modern comedy about finding out who you really are. A Six Nations woman, Salt Baby’s light skin sets her apart from her relatives, both on the rez and in the city. She’s a fish out of water and, accompanied by her Caucasian boyfriend, Alligator, she’s determined to discover how she fits into her two very different worlds.

Falen Johnson on Salt Baby
“It’s funny! I know there’s a bit of a stigma out there in the world about First Nations theatre being hard and heavy and difficult, but what I wanted to do with this piece was put a mixed audience in the room and say, ‘We’re all Canada now. We’re all here. No one’s getting on a boat and going back home.’”

Falen (fay-len) is Mohawk and Tuscarora from Six Nations Grand River Territory. She is bear clan. Falen is a writer, producer, director, and actor. Her plays Salt Baby, Two Indians, and Ipperwash have played in theatres across the country. Her writing will be appearing in upcoming publications such as Granta Magazine and Brick Literary Journal. She has also been featured in The Canadian Theatre Review and on the Moth Storytelling podcast. Falen has earned TV writing credits for Urban Native Girl (APTN) and was a researcher on Colonization Road (Frog Girl Films). She co-hosts the podcast The Secret Life of Canada with co-creator Leah-Simone Bowen.

Creative Team
Falen Johnson – Playwright & Director
Tamara Marie Kucheran – Set & Costume Designer
Alan Brodie – Lighting Designer
Malcolm Dow – Sound Designer
Jennifer Swan- Stage Manager
Sadie Fox – Assistant Stage Manager

Live & Outreach Events during Salt Baby

Saturday, April 14 at 11 am
Belfry Theatre, Studio A, 1291 Gladstone Avenue

Free Event. A live talk show hosted by CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie and featuring Falen Johnson (Playwright and Director) and Dakota Ray Hebert (Actor) from Salt Baby, along with experts from the community.

B4Play is streamed live on Facebook. Our podcast of B4Play is available at

Facilitated discussions – audience member to audience member – will follow every evening Mainstage performance of Salt Baby (except Opening Night and Talkback Thursday). These are a great opportunity to share your thoughts and hear fellow patrons’ reactions to the production and the ideas it presents.

Talkback Thursday
Thursday, April 26

Meet some of the actors post-performance when they return to the stage to answer questions and provide insight into the play.

VocalEye Performance
Sunday, May 6 at 2 pm

For our patrons with low or no vision, we offer this VocalEye performance during Salt Baby. Trained Audio Describers provide descriptions of the visual elements of the show, allowing people with low vision to enjoy the theatrical experience without missing any of the details.

Show Sponsors
Salt Baby is generously supported by TD Bank Group and 98.5 The Ocean.

Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Salt Baby range from $20 to $53 (plus GST). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at Prices are subject to change.

Rush Tickets

For our weekday evening performances we offer a limited number of last minute rush tickets at a discount. Rush tickets are:

> available at the Box Office 30 minutes before each evening performance (Tuesday to Friday),

> in person only,

> subject to availability, and

> 40% off our regular Zone 2 (Yellow Section) and Zone 3 (Red Section) ticket prices.

Ticket Discounts
High School Students – 50%
University / College / Post Secondary Students – 25%
Seniors – 10%
Members of the Military – 25%
Groups (10 or more) – 10%

Performance Schedule (April 17 – May 13)
Tuesdays – Thursdays at 7:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
Wednesday Matinees at 1 pm (April 25, May 2 and 9)
Saturday Matinees at 4 pm
Sunday Matinees at 2 pm


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Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival

Paper Street Theatre Improv FestivalPaper Street Theatre Improv Festival Showcasing Improv From Around The World

VICTORIA – Paper Street Theatre is known for innovative improvisation, and this year’s festival fills the stage with world-class performances from Seattle, Vancouver, Sweden and Finland.

“I think when people think about improv, they think about comedy. My mission has always been to get people to think beyond that,” said director Dave Morris. “This festival brings some of the most experimental improv in the world to Victoria. People are really going to see improv that feels like theatre.”

With two performances a night for five nights the festival is packed with creativity. Audiences can enjoy shows from 4and20 Improv from Seattle, GBG Impro from Sweden, Kaisa Kokko from Finland as well as Paper Street’s award-winning improv and performances from the Festival Ensemble. Plus, Paper Street’s famous Late Night Mash-Up shows!

Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival 

April 24-28 | Festival Pass $50

Intrepid Theatre, 1609 Blanshard

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Paper Street Theatre creates improvisation that feels like theatre. With seven seasons under its belt this award-winning company has tackled genres and styles from Lovecraft to Jane Austen to Quentin Tarantino and has toured across Canada and Europe.

Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia

 Rite of Spring - Brel Songs - La Folia
Rite of Spring - Brel Songs - La Folia

Director’s Choice: Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia,

Ballet Victoria presents Director’s Choice: Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia, will be performing at the Royal Theatre, M​arch 6 & 7 at 7​:30​ PM.

A premiere by Canadian choreographer Peter Quanz with “1490” to the Spanish music of “la Folia”. Bodies in motion like you have never seen before.

Check out more great upcoming performances with the Royal & McPherson Theatre Society

Destrooper’s “Belgian Songs” to the timeless songs of Jacques Brel explore facets of life, friendships, laughter, love, longing, and loss.

Destrooper’s Rite of Spring is a visceral and powerful interpretation of Stravinsky’s score that will elate your soul.

Rite of Spring – Brel Songs – La Folia
Royal Theatre
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2018 SPARK Festival

2018 SPARK Festival

The 2018 SPARK opens March 8 with True Crime by Torquil Campbell (from Stars)

Spark FesitvalWednesday, February 14, 2018 — Victoria, BC…From March 8 to 25, 2018, the Belfry Theatre will present its annual SPARK Festival, highlighting some of the best new theatre in Canada. One of the ambitions of the SPARK Festival is to play with the notion of what theatre is, what it could be, and how it’s changing.

Highlights of this year’s festival include True Crime (performed by Campbell with live music by Julian Brown), the return of Daniel MacIvor with his piece, Who Killed Spalding Gray?, and Inuit actor and storyteller, Tiffany Ayalik in Café Daughter (based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck).

Iconic musician and provocateur Torquil Campbell was inspired by real life con-man Clark Rockefeller. Rockefeller, now serving a life sentence in California, duped hundreds into believing he was the scion of the wealthy clan, with cataclysmic consequences. Check out Vanity Fair’s The Man in the Rockefeller Suit for the full story.Torquil’s dogged investigation and impersonation challenges us to find the truth in True Crimeand confront our cultural addiction to a good story.

On March 12, at an undisclosed location, we invite the audience to be a part of an exhilarating choral adventure. Why We Are Here!, created by Brian Quirt and Martin Julien, is a unique and stand-alone experience that invites audience members to become a choir and sing in a site that they would not normally be able to sing in.

Why We Are Here! was a tremendous success at last year’s festival.

Daniel MacIvor has been called Canada’s Spalding Gray, so it’s especially intriguing to see one monologist take on another in Who Killed Spalding Gray? (March 13 – 17). Daniel has always pushed and reshaped the boundaries of a good story and to see him perform is a real treat.

Currently on tour in the UK, Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken will be performing their incredible show, Mouthpiece, at SPARK from March 13 – 17. Please note – advance sales for Mouthpiece are very strong and we expect the show to sell out prior to opening.

“…we were speechless. Mouthpiece touches on every part of the female experience from birth to death using dance, music, and wicked humour with just a bathtub for scenery. It’s impossible to describe and truly unforgettable.” Jodie Foster & Alexandra Hedison

On Sunday, March 18 we’ll host the New Play Cabaret featuring new work from UVic’s Creative Writing Department, read by UVic Theatre students.

Intrepid Theatre’s Sean Guist will direct a reading of Jordan Tannahill’s Sunday in Sodom on Monday, March 19. Both readings are free events.

In the third week of SPARK, high school students from the Belfry’s education outreach program, Belfry 101, will begin rehearsals with Dave Morris (Paper Street Theatre) and Erin Macklem, the Belfry’s Artistic Associate and Outreach Coordinator.

Canadian Inuit actor and storyteller, Tiffany Ayalik will arrive to perform Café Daughter (March 20 – 24), written by Kenneth T. Williams (adapted from his book). Based on the true story of Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck. Café Daughter is the powerful, funny and touching tale of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage.

That week (March 20 – 24) Calgary’s Ghost River Theatre offers up an unforgettable immersive audio experience created for a blindfolded audience.

That’s right – everyone in the audience will be given their own set of headphones and blindfolded to experience Tomorrow’s Child, adapted from Ray Bradbury’s short story by Eric Rose, Matthew Waddell and David van Belle. Like Mouthpiece, Tomorrow’s Child is almost sold out.

SPARK will close on March 25 with Belfry 101 Live – a show created by the students of Belfry 101 in response to the performances they’ve seen at the Belfry over the past seven months. Their remarkable take on the themes and stories they’ve witnessed is always eye-opening.

Scattered throughout SPARK will be a host of free events, including concerts, an all-ages dance party (Hootenanny on March 11), and the perennially popular mini plays – 10-minute plays performed throughout the building.

Torquil Campbell (Creator /performer of True Crime) and Lisa C. Ravensbergen (director of Café Daughter) will host professional development workshops on March 10 and March 24 respectively.

Tickets for SPARK are on sale now. For further information check out – our satellite site for the festival.

SPARK Sponsors
The 2018 SPARK Festival is generously supported by The Zone @91.3100.3 the QCaffe FantasticoCV TV (Culture Vulture TV) and the Government of Canada.

Season Sponsors
The Belfry is generously supported by The Times Colonist and Helijet.

Public Funders
The Belfry is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC, BC Arts Council, CRD Arts Development and the City of Victoria.


Ticket Information
Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at Prices are subject to change.

Ticket Discounts
High School Students – 50%
University / College / Post Secondary Students – 15%
Seniors – 15%
Members of the Military – 25%


SPARK Festival Schedule (March 8 – 25)

Thurs, March 087:30 pmTrue Crime
Fri, March 098:00 pmTrue Crime
Sat, March 10Call UsPD Workshop – Torquil Campbell
8:00 pmTrue Crime
Sun, March 114:00 pmHootenanny
Mon, March 127:00 pmWhy We Are Here!
Tues, March 137:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (P)
7:30 pmMouthpiece (P)
Wed, March 147:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (O)
7:30 pmMouthpiece (O)
Thurs, March 157:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray?
7:30 pmMouthpiece
Fri, March 167:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray?
8:00 pmMouthpiece
Sat, March 177:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmWho Killed Spalding Gray? (C)
8:00 pmMouthpiece (C)
Sun, March 187:00 pmNew Play Cabaret
Mon, March 197:30 pmSunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill
Tues, March 207:30 pmCafé Daughter (P)
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child (P)
Wed, March 217:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmCafé Daughter (O)
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child (O)
Thurs, March 227:00 pmmini plays
7:15 pmmini plays
7:30 pmCafé Daughter
7:30 pmTomorrow’s Child
Fri, March 237:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmCafé Daughter
8:00 pmTomorrow’s Child
Sat, March 24Call UsPD Workshop – Lisa C. Ravensbergen
7:00 pmmini plays
7:20 pmmini plays
7:40 pmmini plays
8:00 pmCafé Daughter (C)
8:00 pmTomorrow’s Child (C)
Sun, March 257:30 pmBelfry 101 Live!

Forget About Tomorrow at The Belfry

Forget About Tomorrow at The Belfry Theatre January 23

Forget About Tomorrow at the Belfry Theatre
Forget About Tomorrow at the Belfry Theatre

January 23— February 18, 2018 Forget About Tomorrow  at the Belfry Theatre: by Jill Daum with songs by John Mann Directed by Michael Shamata WORLD PREMIERE Can you re-imagine a lifetime together?

Forget About Tomorrow is a play about a family – a loving family in crisis. When Jane’s husband Tom begins having trouble remembering things, she enters a world of denial.

Forget About Tomorrow  – at times extremely funny and always deeply moving – is Jane’s long and reluctant journey to accepting her husband’s fate, and the new role that she is expected to play.

Cast & Artists

    • Jennifer Lines
    • Jane
    • Craig Erickson
    • Tom
    • Colleen Wheeler
    • Lori
    • Aren Okemaysim
    • Aaron
    • Aleita Northey
    • Wynn
    • Hrothgar Mathews
    • Wayne

Jill Daum Playwright
Michael Shamata Director
Pam Johnson Set & Costume Designer
Bryan Kenney Lighting Designer
Candelario Andrade Projection Designer
James Coomber Sound Designer
John Mann Songs
Caryn Fehr Stage Manager
Christopher Sibbald Assistant Stage Manager

Tickets range from $20-53 and are available at 250-385-6815 or


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Crimes of the Heart comes to the Phoenix Theatre

Crimes of the Heart

UVic Phoenix Theatre
February 15 – 24, 2018
8:00 PM Cost: $15-$26

Crimes of the HeartCrimes of the Heart: Through teasing and laughter, the Magrath sisters relive sweet memories and confront past resentments at their Grandaddy’s house, after the youngest sister Babe is arrested for shooting her abusive husband. Each sister must come to terms with the consequences of their own crimes of the heart. Humorous and heartfelt, this Pulitzer prize-winning black comedy, written by Beth Henley, beautifully captures the incredible power of family.

Crimes of the Heart Runs February 15 – 24 2018 Note: Free pre-show lecture on Friday February 16 at 7pm.

Tickets: $15-$26

UVic Phoenix Theatre
3800 Finnerty Road Victoria, BC V8P 5C2 Canada

Phoenix Theatre productions serve an integral part of the academic requirements of students enrolled the Department of Theatre’s Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

When you attend the Phoenix Theatre you experience some of this city’s most exciting and eclectic theatre – while participating in the education of our students. Our students learn by doing! They are involved in every aspect of these productions – from acting on stage, to the design, creation and management of sets, costumes, props, sound and lighting.

Discover the difference that the youth, talent and energy of our students can make and get a preview of Canada’s next generation of theatre artists!

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A Christmas Carol: Now playing at the Belfry

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

adapted by Michael Shamata

A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the BelfryUPDATE: Held over to December 23.

A big thank-you to the Belfry Theatre for inviting us out to the opening night of a Christmas Carol.  This was our first visit since the renovations to the main lobby which are absolutely breath taking.  We couldn’t have had a better night on the town meeting some of the board members, Belfry supporters, and of course, watching such a classic production.  You too, can be a part of the festive magic.  A Christmas Carol runs through December 17.  Tickets can be purchased from the Belfry Theatre Box Office

A ghost story for Christmas, the Belfry’s acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol has returned, along with some of the best-loved Dickensian characters of all time. A story of love, generosity and second chances, it takes us through the darkness and into the light of true joy and celebration!

Why Michael Shamata chose A Christmas Carol

It is simply the most powerful story that I know – for any time of the year, and it is a beautiful way to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday season. It makes people happy and reminds us that it’s not too late to become a better person; to think about others and to be grateful for the love in our lives. I have had a profound relationship with this piece for over a quarter of a century, and could happily spend as much time again in its embrace. —Michael Shamata


“One of the best productions I’ve seen on the Belfry stage in 20 years…gorgeous…everyone will love this show…” CBC Radio

“4.5 stars…smart…a visual delight…if you’re going to pick just one yuletide entertainment…this one’s a solid bet.” Times Colonist

“This is the best holiday show I know, for people of any age, creed, or colour. Its message of love is universal and one that we need now more than ever.” Toronto Star

The Belfry Theatre Box Office for tickets to this show and others

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Kaleidoscope Theatre presents: The Secret Garden Nov. 4-5

In 2014, Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young Audiences presented an original stage adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s book, The Secret Garden. Originally scheduled for four performances, it sold out so quickly that a fifth date had to be added to the schedule.

Now that we have returned to the McPherson Theatre for our 44th season, Kaleidoscope is reuniting nearly our entire cast to stage a fully-realized production. Join us for an evening dedicated to the healing power of love.

The Secret Garden takes place at the turn of the century, in an old manor home in England. After a cholera epidemic in India kills her parents and servants, Mary Lennox is sent to live with a reclusive uncle that she has never met, and his invalid son who never leaves the home. An angry and hurt 10-year-old girl, Mary’s life is changed forever when she finds a key to her uncle’s locked and overgrown garden. As she brings the garden back to life, Mary also connects with her uncle, his staff, and his son, bringing light and love back into their lives.


Tickets are $22.00 for Adults/$12.00 for Children 16 and under 

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