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From January 17
to February 1, 2015

Tickets are $25 regular | $22 students + seniors + arts workers | $17 previews Service charges apply on all tickets


The Theatre Centre

Small Axe

Co-Produced by Project: Humanity
and The Theatre Centre

A queer white documentary theatre-maker thinks he’s investigating homophobia in Jamaica.

But what starts as a quest to expose an injustice, turns into a burning call for his own personal transformation.

How do we justly engage with an injustice? To whom does an injustice “belong”? Through a constellation of encounters — with activists, refugees, priests and ministers, journalists, artists, Pride Week revelers, and many queer people of colour — Small Axe asks us to bravely face our differences in order to discover how intricately connected we are.

Created by playwright/performer Andrew Kushnir, director Alan Dilworth, and Project: Humanity (the company behind the award-winning The Middle Place).

*Project: Humanity and The Theatre Centre are partnering with the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) as a community partner.  Following every performance of Small Axe, Black CAP will be moderating a voluntary post-show dialogue with audience members. We’re committed to providing audiences a safe space to respond to and discuss the questions brought up by the play.

Programming alongside the production will also include a visual art exhibit, student performances and workshops, and a fundraising partnership with Dwayne’s House, a Jamaican LGBT organization looking to provide a permanent shelter for homeless gay, lesbian, and transgender youth in Kingston, Jamaica.

Hear more about Small Axe in this clip from CBC’s Metro Morning, where Matt Galloway spoke with Andrew Kushnir, the playwright and a performer in the play, and with Gareth Henry, who was a gay rights activist in Jamaica and now lives in Toronto.

PRESS QUOTES for Project: Humanity’s last production, The Middle Place:
“This is theatre that reflects its city in a way that is both urgent and entertaining.”

“It’s gritty, moving, disturbing, and sometimes funny.  The use of language is astounding.”

“The results are moving, eye-opening and filled with hope.”

“Director Alan Dilworth and his fine, accomplished cast have brought every character to life with care, detail, and tremendous heart.”
– CBC Radio

“Theatre just doesn’t come more engaging.”


Actors: Sarah Afful, Michael Blake, Lisa Codrington, Andrew Kushnir,
Chy Spain, Marcel Stewart

Playwright: Andrew Kushnir
Director: Alan Dilworth
Stage Manager: Michael Sinclair
Set/Costume Designer: Jung-Hye Kim
Lighting Designer: Kimberly Purtell
Sound Designer: Debashis Sinha
Consulting Dramaturge: Karim Morgan


Thanks to our Media Sponsor, NOW Magazine.






Small Axe is generously supported by:

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