our place by Kanika Ambrose | Cahoots Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille Co-Production
“There have been many fine new Canadian plays to premiere this season. But none has the clarity, emotional pull and power of Kanika Ambrose‘s our place…It feels like a new Canadian classic.” — Glenn Sumi @nowtoronto
Photo credit: Dahlia Katz
our place takes us to Jerk Pork Castle in Scarborough— “if you don’t know about it, you better be about it and ask about it!”— where newcomers Andrea and Niesha work in exchange for cash under the table. As the two scrape out a life in Canada, they must also navigate their status as undocumented workers.
This funny, keenly observant script unveils the lives of these undocumented Caribbean workers who go to desperate lengths to get Canadian citizenship — a moving, timely story of those rendered invisible in a ‘welcoming’ Canada.
November 18 – December 3, 2022
Runtime: 120min (there is no intermission)
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace Theatre, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto
Pay What You Can Afford between three price points:
$10 | $30 | $60
Rehearsal Stage Manager
Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager
Wei Qing Tan
Assistant Stage Manager
Set and Costumes Designer
Head of Props
Set and Costume Design Mentor
Image of Virgilia Griffith and Sophia Walker by Denise Grant
Tickets and showtime
our place runs November 18 – December 3, 2022! If you would like information on the topics or themes in our productions, or to determine the suggested age for attending a performance, please reach out to our Box Office staff at 416.504.7529 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 25th is Black Out Night!
Black Out Nights are performances exclusively for Black audiences. The spirit behind this evening is to provide a space for Black theatre-goers to experience a show for them, by them. The Black Out Night event also facilitates a safe environment for a personal and intimate discussion on the work made and performed by Black artists. We are committed to continue offering Black Out Night performances for all Black playwrights and artists in future seasons.
Learn more about the program here.
Showtimes are now available on the box office page! As always, don’t hestiate to reach out to our Box Office staff at 416.504.7529 or by email at email@example.com.
This show will have English captions for all performances. Audio Description is available on Nov 27 and Dec 3 at 2pm and will be described by Rebecca Singh of Superior Description Services.
There are Q&As on the following performances
Nov 25 (Black out night* for Black audiences only)
Nov 30 (school matinee)
Dec 1 (a usual evening performance)
Cahoots Theatre is Canada’s home for artists from the edge. We aim to be a haven for the tale and the creativity of the outsider. These artists have spent most of their personal and artistic lives being treated as “the other”; that is, falling outside the norms of Eurocentricity and whiteness, heterosexuality, cisgender, able-bodiedness or any combination of the aforementioned.
These artists have the most compelling stories to tell, but the least opportunity to take centre stage. Cahoots was founded in 1986 by Beverly Yhap. Cahoots has the distinction of being the first professional company in Canada with a mandate to present culturally inclusive work, with a reputation for producing theatre of the highest artistic calibre and garnering many Dora Award nominations, bringing home eight over the seasons.
Throughout the last 34 years Cahoots has made it a priority to support, develop and present the voice of the underrepresented or marginalized artist, which has materialized in collaborations with Indigenous, POC, Deaf, Disabled, Blind, neuroatypical, and queer artists. Our work has and continues to centralize stories and experiences of “otherness”, thus challenging “normalcy”. We believe that all stories are relevant and the sharing of them enlighten and benefit society as a whole. If we are to be truly faithful to our mandate, then we must also consider the story of those with the least access to the art. By creating avenues of artistic expression and connecting artists with communities, we encourage artistic attendance, add to the value of living in Toronto and contribute to the endurance of culturally diverse theatre overall.
More about the show
“It’s incredible nowadays to hear about so many Scarborough artists and talents who are making strides — But then again, it’s not uncommon for areas where racialized folks live and that have been described as “troubled” in the media to eventually become “cool.” It’s also not uncommon for excellence to emerge from those same circumstances. “