Past Productions

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Ambrose in Bangkok

Will you awaken in another reality? On another path? In another life? Can you do it? Try...

For the 2018 Bangkok Theatre Festival, Single Thread reimagined their original work Ambrose in historic Chinatown, in collaboration with Darkle. Inspired by the true story of Ambrose Small, a self-made millionaire, theatre tycoon, gambler and womanizer, the project was Bangkok's first solo audience, immersive production. A sold-out run culminated in the "Best performance by international artists" award from the festival. Photos: Darkle
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The Flick
In an independent movie theater, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight... Annie Baker's The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. Single Thread's production of The Flick is mounted in The Screening Room, Kingston's downtown independent movie theatre, as part of the 2018 Kick & Push Festival. Photos by Abbey Lee Hallett.
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Famine
Famine. Desperation. Exodus. These are the themes that permeate Tom Murphy’s play about the suffering of a small community as a result of the 1840s Great Irish Potato Famine. The play was performed in the NGB Studios Warehouse, where Single Thread converted the top floor of the historic building into a theatrical installation for the show. Photos by Tim Fort
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A Dream Play
A former church and Masonic Temple on the corner of Johnson and Wellington street in Kingston became the site of Single Thread's production of Caryl Churchill’s version of August Strindberg’s A Dream Play. The actors shifted lengths of fabric into different positions to mark scene changes and evoke a dream-like state. Photos by Tim Fort.
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Fen
Fen, by Caryl Churchill, is a story of a community of farmers and their complex relationships with each other, as well as the conflicts within themselves. Single Thread's production was done outside and the stage was constructed out of dirt and hidden within the soil were props that were removed and used in the play. Photos by Tim Fort.
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ROME & Drama and Desire
Single Thread developed a production entitled Artists and the Theatre for the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The show featured an actor chorus singing as they travelled in costume through the galleries before performing in the special exhibit “Drama and Desire”. A second performance piece entitled ROME consisted of a large scale outdoor performance featuring over eighteen actors in Roman costume and utilizing drums, trumpets and banners to catch the eyes of Toronto passerby. Photos by Sean Weaver.
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Julius Caesar
Single Thread's first immersive, site-specific production was Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, staged as a walking tour show that moved the audience through a multimillion dollar chemistry facility at Queen's University. It was critically successful and praised in The Shakespeare Bulletin. Photos by Tim Fort. 
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Everyman
A labyrinth was constructed in the basement of an Anglican cathedral. A single audience member was escorted through the stages of life and, at the play’s end, laid in a coffin and lowered into a grave. Only performed fifty times, Everyman captured the imagination of audiences and has been featured in academic literature on theatre of the real. Photos by Conor Moore. 
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The Campbell House Story
An original play by Alex Dault, The Campbell House Story was staged at Campbell House Museum in Toronto with the audience moving through the historic home and ultimately finding themselves as members of the jury at the Types Trials. Photos by Joseph Hammond. 
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Mary’s Wedding
Single Thread's production of Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicote was part of Eastern Front Theatre's Stages Festival. Students at four junior and high schools in Nova Scotia collaborated to create the various sound cues necessary for the show using found objects, rhythm, and their own bodies. The students were then the sounds, such as a thunderstorm, a tea party, crowds on a dock sending the soldiers off to war, and the horses hooves during the performances. Photos by Liam Karry. 
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The Library Chronicles
Five theatre companies and five playwrights came together to stage The Library Chronicles, an innovative production featuring four new Canadian scripts, each uniquely devised to interact with one another in the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. The Library Chronicles featured some of Canada’s best known playwrights, including the Dora award-winning Ned Dickens as well as Governor General award recipient Judith Thompson. Photos by David Slack & Radey Barrack. 
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The Loyalists
Developed in residence at Canadian Stage for the Festival of Ideas and Creation, The Loyalists involved creating the town of York in Victoria Park with fifteen stations designed by architect Jay Pooley. A team of artists, including composers, carpenters, weavers, props experts, and installation artists collaborated to create the sound, feel and texture of the world of 1813 when Americans occupied the town. Photos by Oink & Coo.  
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Firebrand
Firebrand was written by playwright Alex Dault for the Mackenzie House Museum in Toronto. Set in 1850s Toronto, it explored the final years of William Lyon Mackenzie and his fall from political and domestic grace. This unique site-specific production allowed the audience to sit inches away from the actors and to eavesdrop on the tangled skein of secrets of the Mackenzie family. Photos by John Gundy. 
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Salt Water Moon
Salt Water Moon is a beloved play by Newfoundlander David French about love, summer nights and coming home. Single Thread presented a site-specific touring production of Salt Water Moon across Southern Ontario, taking this classic story out of the theatre and onto porches. Photos by Liam Karry & Jeremy Webb.   
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Much Ado About Nothing
Single Thread produced Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing as a walking tour show set in post World War I in Spadina Historic House and Gardens in Toronto. The audience was cast as newly hired household help and divided into two groups with scenes happening simultaneously inside and out, culminating in a poignant candle-lit scene on the grounds. Photos by John Gundy. 
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Turkey Shoot
Turkey Shoot, conceived by playwright Alex Dault, is a work of historic fiction imagining how a friendship between Anishnaabe holy man Kahkewaquonaby and Scottish surveyor David Gibson might reshape the world we know today. The play was staged in the Gibson House Museum in North York. Photos by Jordan Probst.
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Ambrose
On December 1st 1919, theatre tycoon and self-made millionaire Ambrose Small sold all of his theatres. The next day, he disappeared. This mystery was explored in this original work as audiences went behind the curtains of one of his former properties, the Grand Theatre in Kingston. The original production of Ambrose was created in 2015 in partnership with Daniele Bartolini and Danya Buonastella of Dopo Lavoro Teatrale (DLT) for the Kick & Push Festival. Ambrose was reimagined and staged again in 2016. Photos by Michael Christopher Duguay. 
 
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