Upintheair Theatre  Presents O Albatross’s

Awkward Hug

A hilarious and heartfelt storytelling show that challenges what a “normal” family can look like.

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In the summer of 2009, Cory Thibert was a quiet 19-year-old living in his parents’ basement. He was working as a server to pay his college tuition, spending time with his animal-loving girlfriend, and starting a theatre company with his best friend. When the Ottawa Affordable Housing Unit informs his parents that they have to move out of the only home Cory has ever known, it sets in motion a series of events that uncover the truth about what has set his family apart, and force Cory to find his voice...with a scream.

With laugh-out-loud humour and heartbreaking honesty, AWKWARD HUG transports us to the discomfort of navigating adulthood for the first time. Through masterful storytelling and intimate reflection, award-winning actor, writer and storyteller Cory Thibert explores what constitutes “normal” in our world, and how having two parents with disabilities forces his family outside those margins.

★★★★★ “Engaging from start to finish...delivers in every way” - Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
★★★★★ “This spectacular coming-of-age story will make you laugh, cry and everything in between.” - Gigcity (Edmonton)
★★★★1/2 "Sensitive, sharp & never sappy" - Winnipeg Free Press
★★★★ "Beautiful & Tender" - CBC Manitoba
★★★★ "Beautifully crafted... with ebbs and flows between humour and heartache" - Theatre in London
NNNN "Charming & Poignant" - NOW Magazine Toronto
“...Beautiful, Gentle solo show...Bring someone you love.” - Kathleen Oliver (The Georgia Straight)
“This one's the real thing. Go see it.” - Colin Thomas


WINNER - Best Storytelling / Spoken Word Show - Victoria Fringe Festival
WINNER - BC Touring Council Award - Vancouver Fringe Festival
WINNER - Spirit of the Fringe - Tilee Awards (London, ON)
RUNNER UP - Best Solo Show - Victoria Fringe Festival
NOMINEE - Best English Production - Frankie Awards (Montreal, QC)
NOMINEE - The Georgia Straight's Critics Choice Award - Vancouver Fringe Festival
NOMINEE - Best Visual Identity - Frankie Awards (Montreal, QC)
CRITICS PICK - NOW Magazine (Toronto, ON)


Director & Stage Manager: Linnea Gwiazda
Writer & Performer: Cory Thibert
Dramaturgy: TJ Dawe
Sound Design & Composition: Gary Thibert | dumbpop (Matthew Ariaratnam)
Lighting Design: Keagan Ada-Jane Elrick
Promotional Design & Photography by: Huot & Vallentin

Produced by O Albatross (Vancouver)


Venue: The Culture Lab
60 minutes

  • May 22 8:15pm

  • May 24 7:15pm ASL Interpretation

  • May 25 9:15pm

  • May 26 4:30pm Talkback

rEvolver 2019 Mainstage Shows

VENUE - The Cultch:  1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC