Titans of Canadian Theatre

Hard to believe yet true...

...not until October 24, 2013, at the Vancouver Writers Fest, had Canada’s pre-eminent playwrights Tomson Highway and Michel Tremblay appeared together onstage. Interviewed by the inestimable Bill Richardson, these illustrious storytellers talk about their careers, how their work has been shaped by their birth country, and how their stories continue to shape Canadian literature. Michel Tremblay’s 27 plays are some of the most important in Canadian theatre history, and his 24 novels have brought him international fame. To date more than 1,750 productions of his work have been mounted around the world. Tomson Highway changed the face of Canadian theatre in the 1980s when he put Métis and Aboriginal characters on stage in The Rez Sisters, followed by Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing. Watch this generous and intelligent conversation with three of our country’s renaissance men.


Audio Recording

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Audience Feedback

Phenomenal to see these two “pioneers” who have established so many paths for all that follow. Wisdom shared.—KM

Bill Richardson was the perfect emcee for this evening – he set a relaxed, humorous tone right away but who asked some serious questions – this allowed both Tomson Highway and Michel Tremblay to be themselves and speak passionately.—DM

These three gay guys make me happy to live in Canada and embrace all that matters. The depth and passion were deep inside. With Tomson, with his humour – it doesn’t surface right away. I loved them.—HS



This event was presented in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General's Literary Awards plus with the support of Bonnie Mah.

The video recording was made possible through a grant from the R.J. Nelson Family Foundation.


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