The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius: Talkbacks and Speaker Series

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.

As part of our world premiere production of The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius, we’re thrilled to be able to offer two exciting post-show events to our audience: Talkbacks and our Speaker Series.

We’ll be hosting three talkbacks (Nov 24, Nov 26 matinee & Nov 28) and two Speaker Series sessions (Nov 29 & 30) during the run. The talkbacks and Speaker Series are FREE and will take place immediately after the performance.

If you’re seeing the show on a different date but want to attend a post-show chat, please come to The Cultch at 9:30pm on one of the talkback/Speaker Series evenings or at 3:30pm for the Nov 26 talkback.



At the talkbacks you’ll be able to chat with members of the creative team, ask questions, and share your thoughts on what you’ve just seen on stage. It’s a great opportunity to get the stories from behind the scenes and discover details about what interested you most about the show. It’s also a chance for us, the artists and producers, to hear your valuable feedback.

For this production we’ve invited three talented young artists to moderate the talkbacks. We hope you can join us for one of these intimate and thought-provoking conversations.

Nov. 24: Brian Cochrane, creator, director, and performer

Nov. 26 matinee: Jamie King, director

Nov. 28: Anjela Magpantay, co-founder of New(to)Town Collective


Speaker Series

Our popular Speaker Series, which began with our 2013 production of Penelope, is back to offer audience members the chance to learn more about and delve a bit deeper into some of the themes seen in the show.

We’re thrilled to have C.W. Marshall as our guest speaker for The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. He’ll be presenting his talk “Smashing Genres: Violence, Humour, and Titus after both the November 29th and 30th performances.

C.W. Marshall

C.W. Marshall

C.W. Marshall is Professor of Greek at the University of British Columbia. He writes about ancient performance conventions, and how classical ideas persist in modern popular culture, especially television and comics. He has directed plays by Tony Harrison and Tom Stoppard, and has acted in various Shakespeare productions, playing Marc Antony and Bassanio in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Polonius in Vancouver.

AGM-apalooza 2017


Join us on Tuesday, November 14th as we partner with Neworld Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, The Chop Theatre, and Hardline Productions for the 2017 installment of AGM-apalooza, the season’s most exhilarating non-theatrical theatrical event. You’ll get the inside intelligence on where these five companies are now, and where they’re going next.

There will be a speedy, tag-team AGM session at 7pm, followed by break-out meetings for each company. Join us in the Rumble office to vote for our new Board and check out our financials while eating snacks with friends. Please note that while the AGM is wheelchair accessible, the Rumble office is located up a set of stairs.



AGM-apalooza 2017
When: Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Doors at 6pm, AGMs begin at 7pm.
Where: PL1422, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC
Admission: Entry is $5 and gets you membership to all 5 companies.

There will be a cash bar, too, so please remember to bring all your coins and bills. (No ATM on site, sorry.)

No official RSVP necessary, but you can let us know if you’re coming via our Facebook event.

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.