It is a jam-packed season of meaningful shows, full of heart and spectacle.
“We are thrilled to bring you six incredible shows from international, national, and local artists,” says Cultch Executive Director, Heather Redfern. “There truly is something for everyone: family-friendly circus, cabaret, new plays about everyday struggles and heartbreaking tragedies, and the one and only East Van Panto!”
Starting the season, September 20-24, The Cultch partners with Vancouver International Children’s Festival to present Animal, at the Vancouver Playhouse. A multidisciplinary circus show for all ages from Quebec’s Cirque Alfonse, the company of acrobats and musicians—made up of friends and family members—creates circus in a style all its own, with music, dance, theatre, and acrobatics.
For a spectacle that isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and puts it all out on stage, Australia’s Quiet Riot is bringing Hot Brown Honey back to the York Theatre. Following on from sold-out shows at The Cultch in 2018 and 2019. Hot Brown Honey—The Remix, September 23-October 8, is a brand-new version of the politically-charged cabaret sensation that audiences won’t want to miss.
The Cultch’s season also presents deep conversations from some of Canada’s best playwrights. Ins Choi’s Bad Parent, is a frank and honest portrayal of the challenges of parenthood, presented by vAct (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre). After being postponed due to COVID this past spring, Bad Parent will finally get its Vancouver premiere, at the Historic Theatre, October 13-23, 2022
As well, The Cave, part of The Cultch’s 20/21 digital season, will present its poignant message live at the Historic Theatre, November 10-20. This live presentation of the musical about a group of animals fleeing from a vicious forest fire and seeking refuge in Bear’s cave, features lyrics from renowned Cree playwright Tomson Highway, and music and book from John Millard and Martha Ross, and new animations by Bruce Alcock.
December 2-11 In My Day, a brand new verbatim drama from Zee Zee Theatre, written by Rick Waines, honours those affected by the HIV pandemic. In My Day will have a special run at The Cultch’s Historic Theatre, with additional displays and exhibits in The Gallery at The Cultch after World AIDS Day – December 1st.
The Vancouver theatre calendar is not complete without the annual Theatre Replacement and The Cultch presentation of East Van Panto. In celebration of the 10th anniversary, East Van Panto: The Little Mermaid, is a new hyperlocal holiday hit from last year’s writer/director duo, Sonja Bennett and Meg Roe, with music from Veda Hille, at The York Theatre November 16, 2022 to January 1, 2023, and on-demand online from December 17 to January 1.
More details of The Cultch 2022 Fall Season and Subscription Packages are available at thecultch.com