The Election

Theatre Passe Muraille presents a Common Boots Theatre Production
in association with Nightwood Theatre and Theatre Direct

The Election has been written with integrated audio description within the script. All performances are accessible for blind audiences.

Single Tickets go on sale September 9, 2019.

How do we hold different truths together in the same space?

Following the wildly successful run of The Public Servant, Common Boots Theatre delivers a provocative and hilarious investigation of how Canadians engage in democracy.

In 2015, a group of artists from Ojibwe, Jewish, Polish, Tamil and Pakistani backgrounds, identifying as straight, queer and bi-sexual, infiltrated local elections as volunteers for three major political parties and documented their experiences. Incorporating kaleidoscopic political views as well as questions of Indigenous sovereignty, The Election promises to spark urgent dialogue just as Canadians are about to take another swing at the ballot box.

Developed with the support of Studio 180 Theatre’s IN DEVELOPMENT program.


Mainspace Theatre  |  16 Ryerson Ave.

Running Time:


Content Warnings:


October 2019


Augusto Bitter

Rachel Cairns

Joelle Peters

Anand Rajaram

Courtenay Stevens


Written by Natasha Greenblatt and Yolanda Bonnell with the company Jennifer Brewin, Qasim Khan, Anand Rajaram, and Courtenay Stevens

Directed by Jennifer Brewin

Dramaturgy by Yvette Nolan

Music Composition and Direction by Alex Samaras

What is integrated audio description?

For years, theatre productions across Europe have understood the creative potential of integrating sign language within performances. The UK’s disabled-led Graeae Theatre Company, with Deaf Artistic Director Jenny Sealey, has transformed theatre and access for Deaf audiences and actors world – wide.

Blind co-Artistic Director of Common Boots, Alex Bulmer, worked across Europe and with Graeae for over fifteen  years and observed how differing approaches to accessibility could deepen the artistic integrity of a play, and become part of it’s design and dramaturgy. She also considered how this integrated approach could not only apply to sign language for Deaf audiences, but also to audio description for blind audiences. She coined the term “blind imaginings” to refer to any creative process that is impacted by imagining blind audiences or artists as theatre participants.

In 2019, Common Boots will premiere The Election, the companies first production informed by “blind imagining” and will feature spoken stage directions and an enhanced vocal score, making the performance engaging for both sighted and blind audiences.

This is not only an artistic leap forward for the company but equally for theatre across Canada.

What is open captioning?

Open captioning is a technique which  translates the spoken dialogue and all elements of sound into a screen based format to enable access for Deaf and low hearing audiences, those with dyspraxia related needs or anyone who needs additional visual or text based reinforcement of the play. It is created with both practicality and artistry in mind, and is seen by all sighted audiences.

Ticket Prices:

General Admission $38

Senior $33

Arts Worker  $25

Under 30 $17

*PWYC at the door on weekend matinees (with the exception of no PWYC on Sun. Oct. 27, 2019), Fri.Oct. 25, 2019 and Tuesday evenings.

Common Boots Theatre is one of over 250 professional performing arts organizations in the city of Toronto. It is part of vibrant group of independent theatres that create collaboratively-devised theatre for specific spaces, and one of only a few whose works feature women as central characters and use humour as a primary dramaturgical agent.

Nightwood Theatre is the oldest professional women’s theatre company in Canada. Founded in 1979 by Cynthia Grant, Kim Renders, Mary Vingoe and Maureen White, Nightwood has produced, developed and toured landmark, award-winning plays by and about Canadian women.

Theatre Direct is one of the Country’s leading theatres for young audiences whose award-winning productions have reached audiences in schools and theatres across Canada and overseas. Theatre Direct’s work has been recognized with multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards and nominations as well as 10 Chalmers Canadian Play Awards, and the Canada Council Theatre for Young Audiences Prize.