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Festival Programming Announcement: June 26th

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Sunny Drake and The CHILD-ISH Collective

The Theatre Centre - Franco Boni Theatre

August 8, 6:30 PM

August 12, 6:30 PM

August 14, 8:30 PM

75 Minutes

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photo by Graham Isador

Aren’t we all a little childish when it comes to relationships?

CHILD-ISH is a verbatim play drawn from interviews with children about love and dating. Children’s exact words are re-contextualized into adult situations for adult actors, with surprising, hilarious and moving results.

Written by Sunny Drake; Directed by Alan Dilworth; Associate Director – Katrina Darychuk; Director of Child Engagement by Jessica Greenberg; Dramaturgy (children) by Eponine Lee, Sumayya Iman Malik, Ozzy Rae Horvath; Dramaturgy (adult) by Brian Quirt; Co-interviewing (child) by Mia McGrinder; Performed by Walter Borden, Itir Arditi, Sonny Mills, Zorana Sadiq, Maggie Huculak; Young facilitators – Sadie Kopyto Primack, Elora Gerson, Owen Ross; Lighting Design by Kimberly Purtell; Set and Costume Design by Ken Mackenzie; Sound Design by Deanna Choi; Movement Direction by Monica Dottor; Stage Managed by Sarah Miller; Produced by Joel Klein and Sunny Drake; Champion – Andy McKim; Producing consultancy by Brittany Ryan, Regine Cadet, Chris Reynolds, Kelly Read; Annemieke Wade and Andrew Lamb; Children’s process/other consultancy by Eva Verity, Jeff Ho, Rachel Mishenene, Kusha Dadui & others; Transcription by Zoe Erwin-Longstaff, Caleb Nault, Kate Klein, Laura Barrett; Arabic translation by Bana Khoury

Development partners: Necessary Angel, Nightswimming, Theatre Passe Muraille, Roseneath Theatre, Why Not Theatre, National Arts Centre via The Collaborations

Other funding support: Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Studio 180 Theatre, Crow’s Theatre, Toronto Fringe, Mammalian Diving Reflex.

Many thanks to the wonderful community of children and adults who have participated in interviews, provided advice and support.

The listed run times include a 15 minute Q&A after each show.


Some sexual references and discussion about consent.

Part of the SummerWorks Lab programming – a place for exploration, experimentation, and process. In the Lab, you can experience new works in development from artists exploring new possibilities in performance.