JANUARY 2020 | Volume 187


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God's Lake
by Francesca Albright & Kevin Lee Burton
Castlereigh Theatre
Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver
Feb. 18-23
$30/$25/$18 or 604-990-3474

God’s Lake focuses on truth and need for reconciliation

“We forgive, but we don’t forget. We’re taught not to hate.”
– Ida Wood, member of the fly-in God’s Lake Narrows First Nation located in northern Manitoba

Truth and the need for reconciliation come into sharp focus in God’s Lake, a Castlereigh Theatre Project appearing February 18 – 23 at Presentation House Theatre.

In this vivid, original work of verbatim, documentary theatre, audiences bear witness to the strength and resilience of the people in the remote fly-in reserve of God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba following traumatic events of unresolved justice and a complex and challenging past. Co-created by playwright Francesca Albright and award-winning Swampy Cree filmmaker Kevin Lee Burton, the play explores how God’s Lake Narrows was impacted by the violent death of a 15-year-old girl in their community.

Albright first learned about the unsolved 2013 murder of Leah Anderson in northern Manitoba through a CBC report. The vibrant Cree teen is one of the more than 1,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls across Canada. Albright’s interest in Leah’s story led to a creative collaboration with Burton, a member of Gods Lake Narrows First Nation, who shares her passion for documentary storytelling. Together they traveled to the remote reserve several times over six months to conduct interviews on a community level, gathering information and gaining permission to tell the story.

“We started to look at the context of Leah’s story, what happened to her, the role of caregivers and the systems and institutions that disrupt communities,” shares Burton.

The result is a glimpse into the lived reality of the people of God’s Lake Narrows told verbatim from the interviews. Under the direction of Britt Small of Atomic Vaudeville, four young Indigenous performers from across Canada portray twenty-four characters across different genders, ages, and community roles.

Using bold northern imagery, an original live score by Ziibiwan + Melody McKiver and heightened physicality, God’s Lake offers a rare opportunity to witness the complex issues facing people living in a remote community and provides an understanding for those who might have no awareness of the reserve system, let alone what it’s like to live on a remote First Nations reserve.

“It’s time to shine a light on systemic issues and to listen for a while,” says Small.

A Play by Francesca Albright and Kevin Lee Burton
Directed by Britt Small
Performed by AkaluNick BenzAshley Cook & Erica Wilson
A Castlereigh Theatre Project

God’s Lake is at Presentation House Theatre February 18 – 23, 2020. Tickets are on sale now at 604-990-3474 or online at More information and show details can be found at www.phtheatre.orgThe God’s Lake tour also includes Burnaby’s Shadbolt Theatre (Feb 5 - 8) and Victoria’s Intrepid Theatre (Feb 28, 29).


God’s Lake
Presentation House Theatre presents a Castlereigh Theatre Project


February 18 – 23, 2020


Public Shows:

  • Wed, Feb 19 – 7:30 pm
  • Thurs, Feb20 - 7:30 pm
  • Fri, Feb 21 - 7:30 pm
  • Sat, Feb 22 - 7:30 pm
  • Sun, Feb 23 - 1:30 pm

School Matinees:

  • Tue, Feb 18 – 1:00 pm
  • Thurs, Feb 20 – 1:30 pm (Sold Out)

Ticket Prices:

$30 / $25 / $18


Presentation House Theatre
333 Chesterfield Avenue at 3rd Street
North Vancouver V7M 3G9

Website and Box Office or 604.990.3474

About Castlereigh Theatre Project

Castlereigh Theatre Project is a professional theatre company in Victoria, British Columbia, dedicated to the research, creation and production of new documentary theatre: fact-based plays built on real life accounts and storytelling that explores and investigates current and universal themes.

“We have learned through experience that our work within the communities enriches the lives of the members of those communities.  We have also learned that audiences hunger for true stories that resonate within their own lives while shedding light on difficult topics.”





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