4 1/2 (ig)noble truths


Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Pia Bouman
6 Noble Street
Ticket Price: $15 Save with a Pass
Thursday August 4th 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday August 7th 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM
Wednesday August 10th 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday August 14th 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Latecomer Policy

Latecomers permitted up until 4 minutes after the start of the performance.


Coarse language, heavy subject matter.


Let’s pretend for a second that we’re OK. What does that feel like? A lot of things are not OK with Thomas but he’s got a ten-pound sledge hammer and is pretty sure that could solve at least one of his problems. This is a show that he wrote. It’s for/from those times when you can’t get out of bed. When you’ve only been eating breakfast cereal for days. When if someone asks you how you are you’ll say great – and then smash your face into their face. Thomas has 4 ½ totally useful pieces of advice for battling depression. He has an hour-long anarchic expression of depression that must be passed through first. Because we are walking around polishing silverware or running schools or arresting jaywalkers, and we’re dying all the time and no one is saying anything. We aren’t talking because we don’t have words. Or we have those words but to say them could be worse. If he howls will you howl back? If we howl together will we be healed?



Written and Performed by Thomas McKechnie; Directed by Michael Reinhart; Assistant Directed by Julia Matias; Scenography by Claire Hill; Produced by Kelly Read.

Curator's Note

"'The Buddha laid it out a long time ago:
All life is conditioned by suffering
Suffering has its causes
Put an end to the causes, and
Cultivate the path.'

My favourite young anarchist playwright wrestles with mental suffering and clears his own path, which might be yours as well."
- Guillermo Verdecchia