Tremors 2018

Tremors 2018 logoAugust 16 – 25, 2018
Italian Cultural Centre | 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC
Evening sessions start at 7:00pm; Wed Aug 22 matinee session starts at 1:00pm
No performances on Aug 19 or 20
Speaker Series: Aug 18, 22 & 23 (evenings) at 8:15pm and Aug 22 (matinee) at 5:00pm

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Decide, starting at $5. Buy in advance online or at the door (1 hour before each session).

Tickets available now at

Are you coming to Tremors? Let us help you Plan Your Night with this handy guide.

Rumble Theatre is thrilled to present Tremors, our festival of emerging talent. The festival features a young company of 38 emerging theatre artists who will direct, design, stage manage, tech, produce, and perform in three hot contemporary Canadian plays: Selfie by Christine Quintana, Tiny Replicas by Dave Deveau, and Theory by Norman Yeung.



From August 16 to 25, these three plays and our Tremors lounge will be installed in different rooms of the Italian Cultural Centre. Come see one show, make it a double bill, or take in all three—and admission to all shows is Pay-What-You-Decide! You, the audience members, get to pick what to see and how much to pay—the choice is yours.

Our festival programming is rounded out by our Playwrights Speaker Series (August 18, 22 & 23). All audience members are welcome to join us for these free, unique sessions where audience members can meet with our Tremors playwrights and hear what they have to say about creating work in today’s cultural environment. And, given the challenging subject matter of Selfie, we’ll be offering post-show talkbacks after select performances (August 21, 23 & 24).

Want to know more about this year’s festival? Click here for schedules, play descriptions, Pay-What-You-Decide details, and more.

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

Peter Anderson in The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. Photo: Tim Matheson.

by Colleen Murphy
Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus

Produced by Rumble Theatre and presented by The Cultch

Nov 22 – Dec 3, 2017 at The Cultch’s Historic Theatre

Winner of six 2018 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards in the Small Theatre category, including:

*Outstanding Production
*Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble – Sarah Afful, Peter Anderson, Craig Erickson, Pippa Mackie & Naomi Wright
*Outstanding Lighting Design – Sophie Tang
*Outstanding Set Design – Drew Facey
*Outstanding Costume Design – Drew Facey
*Outstanding Direction – Stephen Drover

With nominations for:

*Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition – Mishelle Cuttler
*Outstanding Original Script – Colleen Murphy


Here’s what the critics said about the show:

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius is deranged, darkly funny, and perverse, but its subversiveness also serves a purpose, and it makes for an unforgettable experience” — Andrea Warner, The Georgia Straight

“I can’t recommend this show enough” — Paul Durras, BC BookWorld

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius encourages us to get comfortable with discomfort, to revel in the outrageous and to trade our tears for laughter” — Lauren Donnelly, Vancouver Weekly

“I can’t remember the last time I saw a show that got me so excited I thought I might lose my marbles” — Colin Thomas,

“If you need a really good laugh and you’re okay with dark, grisly, bloody, grotesque, rude and crude – all wrapped up in the French clowning style called bouffon – you will love Titus Bouffonius as much as I did” — Jo Ledingham,

“This show is smart. The heady mix of bouffon revelry and Shakespearean trauma is fuel for an edgy comedy, and playwright Colleen Murphy has dug deep into both worlds to concoct an experiential feast” — Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius at first presents itself as a chaotic project by confused misfits, but in reality it is an intelligent (if not eloquent) commentary on the Shakespearean classic and the complexities of the world which we navigate” — Ljudmila Petrovic, SAD MAG

The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius might give you a lot to talk about the next day…we were all pretty much speechless” — Tiva Quinn,



Click here for more details about the show

Board Opportunities Available

Rumble is currently seeking two individuals with a passion for great theatre to serve on our Board as Directors-at-Large.

Requirements include:

  • Feline board meetingA commitment to the work of Rumble Theatre;
  • Willingness to attend and participate in monthly Board meetings;
  • Attendance at our Annual General Meeting, AGMapalooza;
  • Serving on either our Board Development (Governance) Committee or our Resource Development Committee;
  • Attendance at special events, including productions;
  • Annual financial support of Rumble Theatre, at a level that is comfortable to you.

Time commitment: Approx. 5-10 hours per month

Mission Statement
At Rumble Theatre we believe in creating a more compassionate world through the communal sharing of stories. We explore our history though commissioning and producing new adaptations of outstanding narratives, we investigate the present moment through producing contemporary plays from the Canadian and world repertoire, and we act as champions of Vancouver’s emerging artists to ensure a vital future. We believe that the theatre can be a place where community is built; a place where we can gather together to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, and greater empathy for our neighbours.

For over two decades Rumble Theatre has served as a vital member of the Vancouver theatre community. Rumble has initiated and founded unique community events and arts festivals (PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Tremors Festival, the HIVE series), we have provided crucial development guidance to emerging companies and artists, and we have generated productions of great courage and audacity (Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut, Snowman, Blackbird, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Indian Arm, The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius). We are co-founders and residents of Progress Lab 1422, a shared theatre production and administrative space in East Vancouver with Neworld Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, and Boca del Lupo.

As part of our ongoing commitment to create an organization that is representative of our Vancouver, we strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented communities.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Christie Watson, Managing Producer
Phone: 604-662-3395

Plan Your Night – Tremors 2018

Tremors 2018 logoHello, Tremors attendees! We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s festival. Here’s some information on how to get to the theatre, where to park, and what to expect on the night (or the day, if you’re taking in the matinee). If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please contact us at or give us a call at 604.662.3395.

This info is also in a PDF that you can download here: Plan Your Night – Tremors 2018

All performances of Tremors take place at the Italian Cultural Centre. The Italian Cultural Centre is located on 3075 Slocan Street at Grandview Highway (East 12th Avenue) in Vancouver. You can reach the venue by car, bicycle or public transportation. (See the “Getting There” section for route suggestions.)



Admission to this year’s Tremors festival is Pay-What-You-Decide. You, the audience member, get to choose what you would like to pay for your ticket. Patrons can book tickets either in advance or at the door.

In advance:
Book your ticket online at Patrons will be able to Pay-What-You-Decide from a range of ticket prices, starting at $5.

At the door:
The Tremors on-site box office will open one hour prior to the first performance of the session (6pm for evenings, 12pm for the matinee). We will accept payments of cash, credit card, or cheque at the door. Ticket price is Pay-What-You-Decide: $5 & up.



 The show times for our Tremors shows are a bit unconventional. Please double-check the start times for the shows you have booked.

 Tremors run: August 16 to August 25, 2018
Opening Night: Thursday, August 16, 7:00pm
Matinee: Wednesday, August 22, 1:00pm
No performances on Sunday, August 19 & Monday, August 20.

 Performance Start Times
For triple bill evenings: 7pm (Show #1), 8:30pm (Show #2) & 9:45pm (Show #3)
For triple bill matinee: 1pm (Show #1), 2:30pm (Show #2) & 3:45pm (Show #3)
For double bill evenings: 7pm (Show #1) & 9pm (Show #2)

Tremors Day-By-Day


*Playwrights Speaker Series featured artists: Q = Christine Quintana; D = Dave Deveau; Y = Norman Yeung; A = all three playwrights.   **Post-show Talkback



Driving Directions
From Downtown: Follow 12th Avenue east past Nanaimo Street. Turn right on Slocan Street.
From Trans Canada Highway 1: Take the Grandview Highway exit and follow Grandview Highway west. Turn left on Slocan Street. There is free, onsite parking but availability may be limited due to other events occurring at the ICC.

Public Transit
From Downtown: Take the Expo Line heading eastbound to King George. Get off at Broadway SkyTrain Station and transfer, taking the Commercial SkyTrain (waterfront via Columbia). Get off at Renfrew Station and walk 2 blocks west along Grandview Highway to Slocan Street. Visit the Translink website for further trip planning tools.

The Italian Cultural Centre is located just off of the Central Valley Greenway bike route. Please visit for cycling maps to help you plan your travels.



Looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat before or after the show? Here are a couple of suggestions for places to eat in the neighbourhood.

La Piazza Dario Ristorante Italiano (at The Italian Cultural Centre)
3075 Slocan Street

Prince Seafood Restaurant (Chinese cuisine)
2881 Grandview Highway

There are also several fast food establishments near the Renfrew SkyTrain Station, including:

Freshii – 2920 Virtual Way
Freshslice Pizza – 2889 Grandview Highway #2
McDonald’s – 2909 Grandview Highway
Subway – 2892 Grandview Highway



Can I buy tickets in person? Yes. The venue at the box office will open 1 hour before each session for day-of ticket sales.

Where do I pick up tickets that I’ve reserved? You can collect your pre-booked tickets at the venue using photo ID, or a booking confirmation.

How long are the shows? Selfie runs approximately 75 minutes, Tiny Replicas runs approximately 70 minutes, and Theory runs approximately 90 minutes. None of the shows have an intermission.

What happens if I’m late for the performance? We endeavour to always start our shows at the scheduled time, so we appreciate punctuality. However, we understand that unforeseen delays do occur. We will attempt to admit latecomers if there is an opportunity to do so, but we cannot guarantee admission. If we aren’t able to get you in to that particular show, we will try our best to get you into another performance (subject to availability).

What should I wear? Vancouver theatregoers are a pretty casual bunch. There is no dress code to attend performances.

Can I get a drink or snack at the show? There will be a cash bar open in the Tremors lounge area. This bar area will be open throughout each Tremors session. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks will be available for sale.

Can I bring my drink into the theatre? Audience members are welcome to enjoy their beverages inside the performance spaces at all evening performances.

Is the venue accessible for patrons with mobility issues? We will make wheelchair seating available on request. Please contact the Rumble office at 604.662.3395 or email to make arrangements. The venue itself is fitted with ramps, accessible bathrooms, and dedicated parking spaces.

Is the venue scent-free? The venue does not have a permanent scent-free policy but we encourage attendees to refrain from wearing scented products to Tremors in an effort to provide all patrons, volunteers, and staff with a healthy, safe, and allergen-free environment.

Job Opportunity: Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre

Rumble’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the position of Artistic Director.

About Rumble

Rumble Theatre produces contemporary plays from the Canadian and world repertoire, commissions and produces new adaptations of outstanding stories, and fosters meaningful interactions between emerging and established artists. Rumble believes that theatre is a place where community is built, a place where we can gather together to gain a deeper understanding of our selves and greater empathy for our neighbours.

The guiding principles that direct Rumble’s work are:

  • We are driven by curiosity about the world.
  • We believe in listening with compassion.
  • We create with a spirit of generosity.

About the position

Our new Artistic Director will be responsible for:

  • Curating and communicating a compelling artistic vision for Rumble, providing the company and its stakeholders with artistic leadership;
  • Coordinating and overseeing all of Rumble’s artistic activities, including the creation of commissioned adaptations and the development of new projects;
  • Overseeing Rumble’s mentorship programs for emerging artists;
  • Working in conjunction with the Managing Producer to:
    • Convey Rumble’s artistic vision to public and private funders;
    • Review allocation of resources to implement artistic choices;
    • Represent Rumble to donors and local/national theatre communities.

The Artistic Director works in partnership with the Managing Producer and Director of Operations, reporting directly to the Board. Rumble can accommodate the Artistic Director’s occasional non-Rumble artistic work.

Ideally, the position will start in August 2018.  The role is full-time with a salary of $42,000, plus extended benefits. To accommodate existing commitments of potential candidates, Rumble is flexible for the position to be part-time for the first year.

Rumble’s ideal candidate for Artistic Director has:

  • At least five years of theatre experience;
  • Knowledge of national and Vancouver-based theatre communities and practices;
  • A passion for relationship building, mentorship of emerging artists, dramaturgy, curation, facilitation, and process;
  • A demonstrated ability to engage communities.

Rumble is committed to meaningful inclusivity and to building equitability within and amongst Vancouver’s communities. We strongly encourage submissions from individuals who self-identify as being from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Unfortunately, our current office space is on the second floor with no elevator access.

How to apply

Please email your resume and one-page Expression of Interest to Christie Watson ( by July 2, 2018, 11:59PM PST.  We thank everyone who applies for their interest, but only candidates advancing in the process will be contacted. All applications will be treated confidentially.


To download a hard copy of the call, click here: Job Opportunity – Rumble Theatre Artistic Director