The Plays

by Morris Panych

Directed by Paul Griffin

A Cart Before The Horse Theatre Production

A person is standing on the ledge of the seventh floor of an apartment building contemplating their life when they are interrupted. Religious zealots, artistic snobs, vacant party guests and a one hundred year-old woman all take a shot at answering life’s big questions.

“Thoughtful, Madcap, and Side-splitting.”

Morris Panych – dubbed by Toronto Life Magazine as:
“the most prolific Canadian Theatre artist of his generation.”

Summer 2021

Heritage House Museum Grounds

Mature Content and Themes

by Lance Woolaver

Directed by Paul Griffin

A Cart Before The Horse Theatre Production

This play with music is an intimate glimpse into the life of one of Canada’s most beloved and iconic painters. Maud Lewis, a woman living with rheumatoid arthritis, self defeating shyness and an abusive husband finds salvation by creating hundreds of simple, colourful and endearing paintings.

“Magical, whimsical, and inspiring.”

“You get up in the morning, you have a cup of tea, you get out your paints, and you think, what would make you happy? What would make you smile? You paint away and the first thing you know it’s done and you’re happy.”

Summer 2021

Heritage House Museum Grounds

Written and Performed by Margo MacDonald

Directed by Mary Ellis

A Parry Riposte Production

Clever, organized, devious & daring; they stole from the rich and gave to themselves. The Elephant Girls is the gripping story of the all-female gang which terrorized London for over 100 years. Maggie Hale – the gang’s suit wearing, bloody-knuckled, girl-chasing “enforcer” – will tell you all: who they were, what they did, how it worked, how they got away with it, and how it all came crashing down. But how much do you really want to hear?

Captivating and repelling, humorous and terrifying – without doubt they were the most notorious girl gang Britain’s ever seen.


Winner Best of Fest, Outstanding Production, Critics’ Pick for Best Show (Ottawa Fringe Festival 2015)

Outstanding New Work, Direction, and Performance (Les Prix Rideau Awards)

Critic’s Choice Award (Hamilton Fringe 2017), & Best Actress (Capital Critics Circle).

100% Sold Out – Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2016

100% Sold Out – Ottawa Fringe Festival 2015

“This outstanding solo piece wraps issues of power, class and gender in the story of Maggie Hale…Meticulously researched, lovingly scripted, and directed in economical fashion by Mary Ellis… Outstanding.” – Ottawa Citizen

Summer 2021

Ivy Hall

Mature Content and Themes

Ages 5+ to Adult

Written & Directed by Kate Smith

A Skeleton Key Theatre Production

Piece together clues and help brother and sister duo Pen and Cob unravel the mystery of Swan River! Stepping into the world of the play, audiences will journey through the landscape experiencing theatre, music, visual imagery, and interactive installations. A story about identity, adaptability, and family, Swan River celebrates the extraordinary power that we all have to love one another unconditionally. Previously presented at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival (World Premiere May 2018) and the Shenkman Arts Centre on Petrie Island (Sept 2018).

“This is the best TYA [Theatre for Young Audiences] show that I have ever seen.” -Sean, Parent

“It was exceptional in the way that it integrated storylines and themes that appealed to both children and adults – which created an unusual level of engagement for families.” – Claire, Parent

“It was both simple and complex – what great art should be.” -Lib, Audience Member

Note: All performances take place outdoors, rain or shine.

Summer 2021

Along the banks of the Rideau Canal