Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

A Comedy About Coming Home

August 11 - 26
Firehall Theatre




By Drew Hayden Taylor
Produced in Association with Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, BC

  • Grace, an Indigenous woman adopted by a white family, is asked by her birth sister to return to the reserve for their mother’s funeral. Afraid of opening old wounds, Grace must find a place where the culture of her past can feed the truth of her present. She struggles to connect her two lives in this heartwarming and hilarious story about coming home.

    "A combination of heartache and hilarity that works wonderfully."
    - CBC Radio


    Playwright Drew Hayden Taylor will join us for a special talk back on Thursday, August 24, following the evening performance of Only Drunks and Children Tell The Truth.
    An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations north of Peterborough, Drew Hayden Taylor is an artist of many disciplines; he is a award-winning playwright, author, columnist, film maker and lecturer. He has received more than 70 productions of his work for the theatre. We are delighted to have Drew with us to talk about his play and this production.

    IN CONVERSATION WITH VANESSA McCOURT - Sunday, August 13 at 1pm

    Vanessa McCourt is Kaienkehaka from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She has worked in the fields of Indigenous Child Welfare and Education for the past 15 years. Currently, Vanessa works at the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre at Queen’s University supporting Indigenous students. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology and Health Studies and from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Education in Social Justice in Education 

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    Playing at the Firehall Theatre
    from August 11 - 26

    Running time: 2 hours (including intermission)

  • Cast

    Roseanne Supernault – Janice
    Taran Kootenhayoo – Tonto
    Aren Okemaysim – Rodney
    Joelle Peters – Barb


    Director – Lisa C. Ravensbergen
    Associate Director – Heather Cant
    Set Designer – Jung-Hye Kim
    Costume Designer – Vanessa Imeson
    Lighting Designer – Rebecca Picherack
    Sound Designer – Doug Perry
    Fight Director – Melissa Thomas
    Stage Manager – Christine Leroux
    Apprentice Stage Manager – Meghan Froebelius

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  • Play examines impacts of 60s scoop 
    Kamloops This Week. April 27, 2017. 
    Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth has a personal connection for Joelle Peters. The actress, who plays Barb in Western Canada Theatre’s upcoming production based on the 60s Scoop, said her family is still affected ... Read More 

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