If We Were Birds by Erin Shields

“Inconnu has to be commended for their bravery. Everyone should see this play”  CVV Magazine
“Theatre Inconnu has once again delivered on their mandate of presenting challenging work.” Janis Lavcouvee, I Have My Own Life to Live
“It educates.  It terrifies… It’s a gutsy choice from a little theatre company known for gutsy choices.” CBC Radio

 If We Were Birds, by one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, was a 2011 Governor General Award winning play. The story – based upon the ancient Greek poem Metamorphoses by Ovid – tells the tale surrounding the brutal rape of Philomena (daughter of King Pandion of Athens) by her brother-in-law, King Tereus of Thrace. Shields engages in a harrowing exploration of violence and revenge, focusing upon the treatment and suffering of women in times of conflict, with contemporary references to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Nanking, and Berlin. Shields incorporates a full spectrum of theatrical style and genre, using her superior poetical skill to create a mesmerizing script. Under the guidance of accomplished director Wendy Merk, (The Penelopiad at Langham Court Theatre) Theatre Inconnu boasts an ensemble cast of talented local actors who are fully committed to tackling this challenging topic with skill and courage.

Directed by Wendy Merk
Featuring (alphabetically): Montgomery Bjornson, Rosemary Jeffery, Petra Kixmoller, Tracey Roath, Natalie Shaw, Gloria Snider, Kevin Stinson, Melissa Taylor, Keeley Teuber.

Costumes: Keri Garland
Visuals & Sound: Kevin Stinson
Fight Choreography: Sylvie LaRiviere
Music Composer: Ivana Jokic
Stage Manager: Philippa Catling

Preview  8pm: Sept 29
8pm: Sept 30, Oct 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
2pm:  Oct 3, 10, 17

Reservations and Ticket Sales

Through TICKET ROCKET:  http://www.ticketrocket.co/event/details/75802/if-we-were-birds or   250-590-6291 (price will include a $2.50  surcharge).

Or you can reserve directly through THEATRE INCONNU: Phone (250) 360-0234    or by   Email.
(please do not reserve through Facebook)
-Complimentary tickets, special needs seating, and subscribers: need to reserve directly through Theatre Inconnu
We are wheelchair accessible.

Ticket prices:  $14 (regular), $10 (seniors, students, unwaged)
Sept 29 – Preview is $7
Tuesday Oct 6,  is Pay-What-You-Wish admission


Theatre Inconnu is located at 1923 Fernwood Road (across the street from the Belfry Theatre).  For parking we suggest the side streets west of Fernwood Road as these do not have parking restriction signs.


Clockwise from bottom left: Rosemary Jeffery, Petra Kixmoller, Kevin Stinson, Gloria Snider, Tracey Roath, Natalie Shaw