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Here at Rumble we’re overjoyed. We’ve just finished up the World Premiere of Indian Arm, by Hiro Kanagawa – and what a premiere it was! Critics and audiences raved about the show. In Vancouver Presents, David C. Jones wrote: “Indian Arm will sneak up on you and rip open your heart”, while Colin Thomas of the Georgia Straight said: “InIndian Arm, actress Jennifer Copping pretty much skins herself alive. Her performance is one of the most astonishing of the season.”
Richard Russ - Photo by Tim Matheson

Richard Russ – Photo by Tim Matheson

We ask for feedback after every performance and our audiences are asking us to create more shows like Indian Arm.  Plays with a uniquely Canadian perspective, that challenge people to think, while shaking them to their core. We’re going to make this happen and we’re writing today to ask for your help. Please join us in creating moving, intense, Canadian plays by making a donation to Rumble today.

Indian Arm, an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Little Eyolf, is the first play to come out of a new program for Rumble where we commission Canadian playwrights to adapt classical plays for Vancouver audiences. We are beyond excited about our next commission, A Wilderness of Tigers, an adaptation of Shakespeare’sTitus Andronicus by Governor General award winning playwright Colleen Murphy.

We’re elated about collaborating with Colleen on this project and she’s equally enthusiastic about working with us. “Rumble Theatre is an exciting company…” Colleen says, “So I was thrilled with Artistic Director Stephen Drover invited me to radically adapt Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.” With its exploration of the brutality of war and the inescapable nature of vengeance, Titus tells a story as old as humanity and as fresh as today’s evening news. Over the next two years, we will workshop and develop A Wilderness of Tigers, before giving it its World Premiere in spring of 2017.

Gloria May Eshkibok - Photo by Tim MathesonWith your support, we can make A Wildernessof Tigers beautiful, challenging and affecting. We can welcome more Vancouverites into our theatre, and show them their home as they’ve never seen it before. Please join Rumble and make a tax-deductible donation today.

If you would like to donate online, simply click HERE to make your tax-deductible gift by Visa, Mastercard or debit. If you prefer to donate by cheque, you can mail it to our office at 1422 William Street in Vancouver, or stop by in person and say hi. We’d love to see you.

Last week we received an email from an audience member who had just seen Indian Arm. He said, “Onwards with courage… the work of your theatre is needed and appreciated.”  Please, donate to Rumble and help us continue this much needed work.

The Rumblers

AUDITION NOTICE – “Cock” by Mike Bartlett

Rumble Theatre is holding auditions for “Cock” by Mike Bartlett, directed by Stephen Drover, for Rumble’s 2015/16 season.


John has been in a stable relationship with his boyfriend for a number of years. But when he takes a break, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. As the pressure mounts, a dinner with all parties is arranged, and everyone wants to know: Who is John? What is he? And what will his decision be? Winner of the 2010 Lawrence Olivier Award, Cock brilliantly questions the dual nature of sexuality and the complexities of love in the modern world.


John – male, 30-something, any ethnicity
M – male, 40-something, John’s boyfriend, any ethnicity
W – female, late 20s, John’s lover, any ethnicity
F – male, 60-something, M’s father, any ethnicity

AUDITION DATE: Saturday, May 9, 2015

CONTRACT DATES: September 5 – November 7, 2015

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a resume and headshot (no larger than 2MB) to Mishelle Cuttler at with “AUDITION” in the subject line and indicate which character you are submitting for.

Only successful applicants will be contacted for an audition. Audition will consist of one prepared dramatic monologue and sides from the script (provided in advance).

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: April 30, 2015

Critics Love Indian Arm

Gloria May Eshkibok - Photo by Tim Matheson

Gloria May Eshkibok – Photo by Tim Matheson

Indian Arm opened last week and the critics love it. Here’s a quick roundup of the reviews so far:

“Indian Arm will sneak up on you and rip open your heart.”

– David C. Jones, Vancouver Presents (read David’s complete review here)

“In Indian Arm, actress Jennifer Copping pretty much skins herself alive. Her performance is one of the most astonishing of the season.”

– Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight (read Colin’s complete review here)

“…an intense emotional puzzle that stays with you long after the lights go down.”

– Erika Thorkelson, Vancouver Sun (read Erika’s complete review here)

Jennifer Copping and Caitlin McFarlane - Photo by Tim Matheson

Jennifer Copping and Caitlin McFarlane – Photo by Tim Matheson

“What a joy and a privilege it is to be witness to the premiere of a haunting, beautifully written and performed Canadian play… It’s very worth seeing.”

– Gillian Lockitch, Review From The House (read Gillian’s complete review here)

Audience members are also raving about the show. Here’s some of what they’ve had to say:

@cynakagawa: Indian Arm was fabulous – Ibsen magnificence thoughtfully adapted and performed with intention and compassion. Thank you @RumbleTheatre

@NinaTischhauser: BRAVO

@RandiEdmundson: Caught @RumbleTheatre #IndianArm today. Such a compelling story #feels

Jennifer Copping - Photo by Tim Matheson

Jennifer Copping – Photo by Tim Matheson

“Just wanted to say how wonderful the play is.  Kudos to Hiro, production team and actors. Just brilliant all-round.

I came because of the article in the Van Sun that morning. I had not heard of Rumble ( been here 3 years from Australia). I am a regular at Pacific Theatre shows – another wonderful theatre group.
I felt the same sense of ‘special’ at Rumble.
I hope the play goes on – so that more people can be both entertained and affected.”

There’s still time to catch the show before it’s gone, but don’t delay. Indian Arm must close on Saturday April 18th. Click here to book now!

Indian Arm Speaker Series

We are very excited to be bringing back our popular Speaker Series for Indian Arm. On Wednesday, April 15th, immediately following the 8pm show, we invite audience members to stay for a free talk about themes in the show. (If you’re seeing the show on a different night but still want to attend the talk, please come by the theatre around 9:45pm with your ticket receipt or Rumble button to be admitted.)

Speaker Series guest Michael Springate, with his adorable grandchild Luca. Photo courtesy of Michael Springate.

Our guest speaker will be theatre artist and novelist Michael SpringateMichael’s talk is entitled “Protocols, Liberalism and Contracts: Using Native Traditions to rethink Western Economic Relations”. Must the problems of land ownership be solved by contract? Is there a role for protocols? Are western economic relations actually based on negotiated contracts, or on hidden protocols? What role does classical liberalism play in popular conceptions today? Can the west reconsider its financial framework? These questions will be approached through the lens provided by Indian Arm by Hiro Kanagawa, (2015), as well as the play from which it borrows its dramatic structure: Litte Eyolf by Henrik Ibsen (1894).

Michael Springate is an Artistic Associate and dramaturg at Full Circle: First Nations Performance, as well as past Artistic Director of Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg and Factory Theatre in Toronto. His recent novel, The Beautiful West & The Beloved of God, is nominated for the 2015 BC Book Award for adult fiction.