Indian Arm wins Governor General’s Literary Award

Photo by Wendi Wirawan; design by Kristen Johnson

Photo by Wendi Wirawan; design by Kristen Johnson

We’re thrilled to announce that Indian Arm — the first play we commissioned as part of our adaptation program — has been awarded the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.

Massive congratulations to Hiro Kanagawa, who took on the challenge of this commission and wrote a beautiful, haunting, thought-provoking script.
Hiro Kanagawa, playwright

Hiro Kanagawa, playwright

The play resonated with the audiences who saw our premiere production of Indian Arm in 2015. And it clearly resonated with the GG peer assessment committee, as well.

The committee praised Indian Arm as “a timely and evocative manifestation of the characters’ struggle with their relationship to the land. Hiro Kanagawa masterfully navigates the tension between Indigenous and settler identities as they work to figure out how we can live together. Mythic. Heart-breaking. Poetic.”

To read more about the GG winners, click here.

The Revenge of the Hot Mess Halloween is Coming

The countdown is on to Rumble’s annual Halloween party!

Oct 28, 2017, 8pm – late
PL1422 at 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC

$15 in advance; $20 at the door (cash only). Note: This is a 19+ event.


Vintage HalloweenThere will be a cash bar (no ATM on site, sorry) and other treats. Come dressed in whatever costume you can dream up – the wackier and more creative the better. We can’t wait to see who (or should we say “what”?) shows up to party with us!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We’re looking for some fine folks to help us make our “Hot Mess Halloween” happen. If you’re interested in doing a shift at the bar/door/coat check, or would like to lend a hand with set-up or clean-up, we’d love to have your help. All volunteers receive complimentary entry to the party. Please contact Jessica at to sign up or find out more.

Indian Arm nominated for Governor General’s Literary Award


Hiro Kanagawa, playwright

Hiro Kanagawa, playwright

We are thrilled to share the news that Indian Arm by Hiro Kanagawa is one of the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award finalists for Drama. Indian Arm, which is based on Henrik Ibsen’s Little Eyolf, was the first script that Rumble commissioned as part of our revamped adaptation program.

When the production premiered in 2015, it wowed audiences and critics alike, and garnered Hiro the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award that year for Outstanding Original Script. We are so pleased that this great script continues to receive such wonderful recognition. Congratulations, Hiro!

The winners of the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Awards will be announced on November 1. Click here for a full list of nominees.

The Living Room – The Many Paths to Artist Training

Monday, Sept 25, 2017, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC
FREE admission; no advance registration required

Cats for Training LRIt’s our first Living Room session of the season and we’ll be talking all about artist training.

How do we train for a creative profession? Do you even need a degree to be an artist? And how do you keep learning (formally and/or informally) after you’ve started working?

Theatre artists Shawn Macdonald and Donna Soares (who both appeared in our 2015 production of Cock) will tackle this topic for us, while former Rumble Artistic Associate Brian Cochrane serves as moderator for the discussion. (more…)

Announcing Rumble’s 2017-18 Season

Welcome to Rumble Theatre’s 2017-18 season! This year is one of discovery, as we present a world premiere production by one of Canada’s foremost playwrights and foster up-and-coming theatre artists through our unique mentorship opportunities.

“We’re really inspired by the creative potential that exists when we bring different artists and art forms together,” says Stephen Drover, who comes into his fifth season as Rumble’s Artistic Director. “And this season is all about what can come of making these connections, both for our work on stage and behind the scenes. What happens when Shakespeare, French clowning, and one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights meet? What kind of excitement occurs in a room with some of our most promising young directors and one of the nation’s best directors? And what conversations are had between the emerging artists community and Vancouver’s seasoned pros when pressing topics are brought up? This year we’ll find out.”

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.

First up is the world premiere production of The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius—our commissioned adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus by two-time Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy. An inspired marriage of Shakespearian text, contemporary dialogue, and the French clown technique of bouffon, the show is an utterly unique look at war, rage, grief, and the delicate intersection of the beautiful and the grotesque in our world today. It runs November 22 to December 3, 2017 at The Cultch. (Buy your tickets now for the best seats!)

Weyni Mengesha

Weyni Mengesha, Directors’ Lab 2018 instructor.

Directors’ Lab returns in February 2018 to offer emerging theatre directors the rare opportunity to spend a week learning their craft from a Master Director. Leading this year’s Lab will be Weyni Mengesha, the acclaimed director and dramaturge who guided the smash Canadian theatrical hits ’da Kink in My Hair and Kim’s Convenience. Weyni will also share her knowledge and skills with emerging actors in a one-day Actors’ Workshop that follows Directors’ Lab.

Rounding out the season are our regular mentorship activities and community events. We welcome two Student AmbassadorsOlivia Lang (University of British Columbia) and Shanae Sodhi (Studio 58)—who will serve as liaisons between Rumble and their respective school communities while receiving mentorship from us. The Living Room is back to offer emerging artists an informal space in which they can interact with their peers while learning about a career in theatre from professional artists. The first session is September 25, 2017—please stay tuned for an announcement of upcoming topics and guests. Last but not least, we’ll celebrate the spooky season on October 28, 2017 with our fourth annual Halloween party: The Revenge of the Hot Mess Halloween.


For more detail, check out the full Rumble Theatre 2017-18 season announcement.