Tremors 2016

August 11 – 20, 2016
Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC


Rumble Theatre is thrilled to present the 2016 edition of Tremors, our festival of emerging talent. We’ve selected three outstanding scripts (Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, Better Angels: A Parable by Andrea Scott, and Bull by Mike Bartlett) and assembled a company of emerging artists to direct, design and perform each show. For two weeks, these three plays will be performed simultaneously in different rooms of the Italian Cultural Centre. It’s like a Cineplex of theatre…with a bar!

Join us for the Tremors Speaker Series! These free talks will take place August 17 (evening) & August 19. See all the details here.

The Tremors shows may contain violence, partial nudity, and potentially disturbing language and content.
Please speak to a Rumble staff member for more information.


Dry Land
by Ruby Rae Spiegel

Anais West and Shauna Griffin in Dry Land. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Anais West and Shauna Griffin in Dry Land. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. Dry Land dives into the lives of two teen girls and explores what happens in one high school locker room after everybody’s left. Spiegel’s play, her first full-length work, was a finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2015.

Directed by Laura McLean
Featuring Shauna Griffin, Chris Lam, Anais West, Elizabeth Willow, Miriam Barry, Quinn Cartwright, Jenna Mairs, Sachi Nesbit & Raymond Hatton
Set and Costume Design by Sandy Margaret
Lighting Design by Nicole Weismiller
Sound Design by Dylan McNulty
Stage Management by Shila Amin
Assistant Stage Management by Linzi Voth

Better Angels: A Parable
by Andrea Scott

Britney Buren in Better Angels: A Parable. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Britney Buren in Better Angels: A Parable. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Akosua moves from Ghana to Canada for a better life and finds a special kind of hell tailored just for her. Think slavery is over? Think again, as liars get caught in their own webs. Winner of the 2015 SummerWorks Prize for Production.

Directed by Eleanor Felton
Featuring Britney Buren, Julie Disher & Chris Francisque
Set Design by Sarah Mabberley
Costume Design by Heather Schmit
Lighting Design by Sophie Tang
Sound Design by Karina Pry
Stage Management by Xin Xuan Song


by Mike Bartlett

Adam Olgui and Lucy McNulty in Bull. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Adam Olgui and Lucy McNulty in Bull. Photo by Tim Matheson.

Audiences get ringside seats as three coworkers fight to keep their jobs. Brutal and hard-hitting, Bull is an unflinching look at a toxic corporate culture from which no one escapes unscathed. Mike Bartlett is the Olivier Award-winning playwright of Cock, which Rumble produced in our 2015-16 season.

Directed by Jamie King
Featuring Pedro Chamale, Vince Leblanc-Beaudoin, Lucy McNulty & Adam Olgui
Set Design by Arlen Kristian Tom
Costume Design by Kaitlin Williams
Lighting Design by Joel Grinke
Sound Design by Ryan Scramstad
Stage Management by Jessica Keenan

Festival Technical Direction by Patsy Tomkins


Evening performances starting at 7pm. Doors at 6pm.
Matinee performances starting at 1pm. Doors at 12pm.
Matinees on Sunday, Aug 14 and Wednesday, Aug 17. No shows on Monday, Aug 15.

There will be two performances of each show per evening, but only one performance of each show at matinees:

Dry Land @ 7pm & 9:15pm (evenings), 1pm (matinees)
Better Angels: A Parable @ 7:15pm & 9pm (evenings), 1:15pm (matinees)
Bull  @ 7:30pm & 9:30pm (evenings), 1:30pm (matinees)

Ticket Info:
Matinees $10
Evenings $15, or 2 for $25
Tickets are on sale now! Buy them here.


Tremors 2016 is made possible with the generous support of The Georgia Straight, RBC Foundation, and The Youssef-Warren Foundation.

Introducing…Rumble’s 2016/17 season

Rumble Theatre is thrilled to announce our stellar line-up of 2016/17 programming. It’s going to be another exciting season (our company’s 26th!) as we shine a spotlight on new talent, new work, and new events.

“For me, creating contemporary theatre means asking, “What’s new?”,” says Stephen Drover, Rumble Theatre’s Artistic Director. “And our work this season very much focuses on expanding horizons. We’re developing an exciting new play with one of my favourite playwrights, we’re building new relationships with a fantastic team of emerging artists, and we’re engaging with the community in new and fun ways.”

Tremors 2016. Design by Kristen Johnson.

Tremors 2016. Design by Kristen Johnson.

We kick things off with Tremors, our biennial festival of emerging talent, which runs August 11 – 20, 2016 at the Italian Cultural Centre. Witness the next generation of theatre makers as they direct, design, stage manage, and perform in productions of three outstanding contemporary scripts (Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, Better Angels: A Parable by Andrea Scott, and Bull by Mike Bartlett).

Development continues for Titus Bouffonius, our commission-in-progress by acclaimed playwright Colleen Murphy. Adapted from Shakespeare’s bloody and brutal Titus Andronicus, and brilliantly updated using contemporary dialogue and the French clown technique of bouffon, Titus Bouffonius is an utterly unique look at war, rage, grief, and the delicate intersection of the beautiful and the grotesque. A workshop and staged reading are scheduled for Spring 2017.

Our popular mentorship activities are also on the calendar. Held four times per year, the Living Room series brings emerging artists together for a casual mixer-mingler-meeting where they can interact with their peers while also learning about a career in theatre from professional artists. Stay tuned for an announcement of upcoming Living Room dates, topics, and guest artists, as well as for the appointment of our Student Ambassadors.

Finally, we’ve got several community events on-tap to complement our regular programming. Rumble will be at Hastings Racecourse on September 25 for a Day at the Track. Everyone is welcome to join us for a fun, family-friendly afternoon at the races. Then there’s our third annual Hot Mess Halloween party on October 29—start planning your costumes now! And in November we’ll be hosting a free movie screening of Julie Taymor’s Titus, which stars Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins. After the screening there will be an opportunity to discuss Shakespeare’s original work, Taymor’s film adaptation, and Rumble’s current commissioned adaptation, Titus Bouffonius.

For more details, click on the link to download Rumble Theatre’s 2016/17 season announcement.

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