rEvolver Festtival 2018: Top Stories

rEvolver Theatre Festival 2018
May 23-June 3, 2018
The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

Vancouver BC—Only five weeks away, Upintheair’s rEvolver Theatre Festival will present 12 days of new interdisciplinary live theatre works by emerging to early mid career Canadian artists with ticketed presentations as well as free companion events. The festival will run from Wednesday, May 23 to Sunday, June 3, 2018, all happening in-and-around The Cultch.

TOP STORIES:                                                    

1.       Festival focus on women creators – rEvolver has built a reputation as a platform that represents multifarious voices in Canadian theatre arts. This year all the mainstage shows either have been created solely by women or have women as co-creators. The creative teams include mia susan amir, Elysse Cheadle, Francesca Frewer and Erika Mitsuhashi, Mily Mumford, Christine Quintana and Molly MacKinnon, Patricia Trinh, Raina Von Waldenburg (Vancouver), Kathleen Greenfield, Ingrid Hansen (Victoria), Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Adele Noronha, Yolanda Bonnell (Toronto/Tkarón:to), and Marie-Hélène Bélanger (Montreal). This year’s program will also feature multi-generational actors who reflect Canada’s diversity of cultures.

2.       A concerted reflection of today’s cultural and political climate – drawing a bold line across the festival program, artists will tackle timely concerns with productions that create meaningful introspections to provoke dialogues on abuse (12 Minute Madness), colonialism (bug), violence and chronic illness (Geologic Formations), terrorism (The Only Good Indian), climate change (KITT & JANE), sexism (Distractingly Sexy) and more.

3.       See four world premiere’s – these new works are all by Vancouver-based artists:

  • Fuchsia Future, Elysse Cheadle: An absurd portrait of life after loss told through music, existential angst, populist science, and verbatim text from Wikipedia.
  • Geologic Formations, mia susan amir: An immersive experience melding multimedia performance, personal narrative, and theory to explore the impact of socio-political events to the individual and collective.
  • Good Things To Do, Christine Quintana and Molly MacKinnon: From the creative duo behind Never the Last that premiered at the festival two years ago, Good Things To Do is an intimate and immersive experience that puts each audience member in a tent of their own.
  • Probability, Patricia Trinh: A multimedia story about certainty, odds, and the impossibility of any romantic encounter.

4.       Plenty of quirky and offbeat presentations – another constant with the festival has been to present works that play with preconceived notions of contemporary theatre practice. On offer this year will be a selection of interdisciplinary works with unusual combinations of styles such as live music and large-scale puppetry (KITT & JANE), dance and game playing (The Saddest Girl at the Party), multimedia and meditation (Good Things To Do), a nihilistic musical (Fuchsia Future), and even an ode to silent film and gore Shakespearean-style (Macbeth Muet).

5.       Theatre open to all – audiences will have the opportunity to get even more involved with FREE micro performances, readings, and events specially tailed to meet and talk with creators and artists to find out more the fascinating process of how new works are devised. The popular Updrafts Reading Series will return with six readings. The PLUNGE New Work in Development Showcase will give a rare insight into the development process of new works, and The Speakeasy will be a late night hang happening on Friday nights of the festival.

Single Tickets $20 | Low Income: $15
Three Show Pass: $45 | Six Show Pass: $84
All prices are inclusive of tax and service charges
MORE INFO: 604.251.1363 |

Publicist, Zoe Quinn:, 778.772.6846
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rEvolver Festival Announcement 2018


rEvolver Theatre Festival 2018
May 23-June 3, 2018
The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Early bird festival passes available now, single tickets on sale April 1

Main stage show highlights include a humorous, vulgar, candid, and beautiful investigation into incest in 12 Minute Madness, and the struggle of the abused young woman. A solo performance, bug, shows how the women in an Indigenous family grapple with a painful past. Two actors perform the entirety of Macbeth without words in Macbeth Muet. A nihilistic musical, Fuchsia Future is a tale about a family driven absurd by a tragic loss, and The Only Good Indian asks what it would take to get you into a suicide vest.

MAIN STAGE SHOWS:  * World Premiere | ** West Coast Premiere

  1.          bug  |  manidoons collective, Tkarón:to
  2.          Macbeth Muet**  |  La Fille Du Laitier, Montreal
  3.          The Only Good Indian  |  Pandemic Theatre, Toronto
  4.          KITT & JANE  |  SNAFU, Victoria 
  5.          12 Minutes Madness   |  Raina Von Waldenburg, Vancouver
  6.          Distractingly Sexy  |  Nebula Company Theatre, Vancouver
  7.          Fuchsia Future*  |  Elysse Cheadle, Vancouver
  8.          Geologic Formations*  |  mia susan amir, Vancouver
  9.          Good Things To Do*  |  Christine Quintana & Molly MacKinnon, Vancouver 
  10.          Probability* |  Patricia Trinh, Vancouver 
  11.          The Saddest Girl at the Party |  Erika Mitsuhashi & Francesca Frewer, Vancouver



  1.          Asking Alice*  |  Little Mountain Lion Productions, Vancouver
  2.          The Somewhere Cedar  |  Jess Amy Shead & Julia Siedlanowska, Vancouver
  3.          Plunge, Emerging Artists’ Works in Progress  |  Resounding Scream Theatre
  4.          Updraft Reading Series  |  Various artists

Early Bird Festival Passes now on sale:
Six Shows: $72 (All In) - a savings of $48  
Three Show: $40 (All In) - a savings of $20
Available at
Single tickets ($20 regular/$15 low income) available April 1, at

Publicist, Zoe Quinn:, 778.772.6846
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rEvolver Top Stories 2017


April 18, 2017

 rEvolver Theatre Festival 2017

The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver

May 24-June 4, 2017

Vancouver BC—Tickets are now on sale for rEvolver Theatre Festival held at The Cultch and Russian Hall from Wednesday, May 24 to Sunday, June 4, 2017. A one-stop-event to see what is happening on the forefront of interdisciplinary theatre arts, the festival will present new works created not only by local emerging artists, but also innovative and entertaining productions from across Canada.

Top Stories:

1. The return of a festival favourite. To mark the festival’s fifth year, Yukon-based Ramshackle Theatre will present its latest production, Tombstone. An all-ages sci-fi western puppet show/live film with attitude, it is the follow-up to the highly popular Sci-Fi Double Feature, part of rEvolver’s debut festival.

2. Continuing its commitment to diversity. The festival has a track record for presenting new works by distinct voices from contrasting communities. This year’s program stays true to that vision and will include:   

  • Last Train In, an atypical story about disability set in the UK
  • Performed in English and Japanese, NeOn-ね音, a personal work about love and family
  • Produced by LGBTQ company Heist, The Princess Show, a multimedia drag musical
  • SPAWN, by Indigenous theatre group Wild Woman Theatre, merging Coast Salish traditions with the contemporary

3. Expanding its scope. The festival has grown from its roots presenting live theatre in East Vancouver:

  • A festival first—contemporary dance will be part of the mainstage program with (i.m)position by Luciterra Dance Theatre—an all-woman ensemble work about connectivity
  • A new venue has also been added, see All the Way at the Russian Hall, an unconventional game show produced by O,o,o,o.


4. Storytelling with a difference. Solo performance art and memoir will also be a focus this year:

  • I’m Doing This for You has been lauded as “funny, quirky and ultimately heartbreaking” (Edinburgh Spotlight), a one-woman show performed by Toronto’s Haley McGee
  • Based on true events, Vampires in Barcelona is written and performed by Brian Cochrane about a chance encounter while travelling
  • Free performance, Kelly McInnes’ SHINY tackles body image referencing feminist text

5. More to see than mainstage presentations. Investing in the development of new works has been a key component of rEvolver. Audiences can participate in a series of free and by donation readings and events that will demonstrate the incubation progress of creating new work and include: Plunge - Emerging Artists’ Works in Progress, the Updrafts Reading Series (Michelle Deines, Aryo Khakpour/The Biting School, Pippa Mackie, and Caroline Sniatynski), and The Writers’ Group presented by Urban Ink.



Three Show Pass: $43/39

Regular Tickets: $20/17 w/ sc

Low Income Tickets: $15/12 w/ sc

Available at / 604.251.1363 


Publicist, Zoe Quinn:, 778.772.6846

Press photos are available at



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Under the leadership of Daniel Martin and David Mott, Upintheair Theatre has been producing original and provocative theatre in Vancouver since 2000. The company’s last production with The Only Animal, The City and The City was presented in the 2017 PuSh Festival. Past productions include The North Plan (2016), which won three Jessie Awards in the Small Theatre category, and Inside The Seed (2013), which won Jessie Awards for Outstanding Direction (Small Theatre) and Best New Script. Each spring, the company presents the rEvolver Theatre Festival showcasing contemporary performance work by emerging and early mid career artists.


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