šxʷʔam̓ət (home)


In Collaboration with Journeys Around The Circle Society

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March 2 – 11, 2017
Thurs – Sat 7:30pm | Wed 1pm | Sun 1pm

General Admission

TICKETS  | $19

PREVIEW  |  Thurs March 2nd 7:30pm  |  $11.50

2 FOR 1 TICKETS  |  Sun March 5th – 1pm & Wed March 8th – 1pm


šxʷʔam̓ət* means home in Hǝn̓q̓ǝmin̓ǝm̓, a local Indigenous dialect. This word has so many different meanings to all of us who are living on this land.

The following is a pronunciation guide to facilitate your engagement with hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓.  Content developed courtesy Musqueam Language and Culture Department 2017.

 šxʷʔam̓ət:  š is pronounced like English “sh”. xʷ sounds like the “wh” in “which” (as opposed to the “w” in “witch”). Stress is on the first syllable, like in the name “Amit”. ʔam̓ sounds like the first syllable in the word “omelet”. ət sounds like the second syllable of the word “comet”.

Theatre for Living (formerly Headlines Theatre) has a 36 year, multi-award winning history of creating cutting-edge, interactive theatre that challenges perceptions and creates social change.  This year, TfL’s legacy continues with šxʷʔam̓ət (home), for 11 performances at the Firehall Arts Centre.

Created and performed by a mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous cast and production team, šxʷʔam̓ət (home) weaves together stories based on real life and challenges us to make reconciliation real and honourable.

True respect can’t be legislated.

There’s a conversation happening in Canada about Reconciliation and how it is manifesting action in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across this country. The City of Vancouver has officially declared that Vancouver sits on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. But what do these initiatives really mean? If we are sincere about the desire for reconciliation, what kinds of shifts in perceptions and behaviours need to take place? What is the pulse of change each of us are shaping? How do we break down the walls of colonization that surround us all? Is Reconciliation possible without respecting promises and guarantees made regarding Indigenous consent for projects on Indigenous land?

šxʷʔam̓ət (home) will invite audiences to change the patterns of behaviour inside characters who are struggling with these issues – patterns that audience members recognize inside themselves – and rehearse true reconciliation.

Theatre for Living’s interactive theatre is both provocative and entertaining:

Theatre for Living is one of the most prolific, life changing, humanity affirming and powerful theatre companies in the country. – Jenny Magenta

This is theatre that reaches out and connects…fascinating and profoundly theatrical.– David C. Jones

Theatre for Living’s work is powerful, potent, connected. – Humaira Hamid

šxʷʔam̓ət (home) will be workshopped, created and performed by a cast of seven original and relevant voices, from a diverse range of Canadian society.

Featuring  |  Asivak Koostachin (Inuk/Cree), Madeline Terbasket (Okanagan, Ho-Cak & Anishnabe), Mutya Macatumpag, Nayden Palosaari (Cree), Rev. Margaret Roberts*, Sam Bob* (Snaw-Naw-As/Coast Salish) and Tom Scholte*

Director | David Diamond, recipient of the Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre in NY (2010) and the Mayor’s Arts Award for Community Engaged Art (2012)

Associate Director | Renae Morriseau* (Cree and Saulteaux), originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Renae works across Canada and the US in theatre, film, television and music. Among numerous honours, Renae was the recipient of the 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for her work to cultivate social justice and inclusiveness through theatre and music.

Technical Director | Tim Cardinal (Cree)

Stage Manager | Dorothy Jenkins* 

Set & Props Designer | Carolyn Rapanos

Video Designer | Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv and Klahoose)

Lighting Designer | Alan Brodie

Sound Designer  | Clayton Gianni Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in)

Costume Designer | Carmen Alatorre

Webcast Master | Chris Bouris

Tele/webcast Director | Michael P. Keeping

Support Person | Susan Powell (Lakota)

Office/Production Manager/Webmaster  | Dafne Blanco

Outreach Co-ordinator | David Ng

Financial Administrator | Susan Shank

    *Appear through the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.


For media Inquiries or photos please contact: Jodi Smith, Publicist T: 604.736.4939 C: 604.838.9844   jls@jlsentertainment.ca

What is Interactive Forum Theatre?

Forum Theatre: is an opportunity for creative, community-based dialogue. The play is performed once, all the way through, so the audience can see the situation and the problems presented. The story builds to a crisis and stops, offering no solutions. The play is then run again, with audience members able to “freeze” the action at any point where they see a character engaged in a struggle, and have an idea to solve the problem, somehow. They replace the character whose struggle they understand.  The other characters respond, not to “make it better”, not to “make it worse”, simply to be truthful, drawing on their own lived expertise. What insights do we have? What do we think? What do we learn? Who agrees? Who disagrees? In this way we engage in a creative and action-based dialogue about issues in our lives. The process is fun, profound, entertaining and full of surprises.

Global Interactive Webcast: šxʷʔam̓ət (home) will culminate in a live, interactive, global webcast on Saturday March 11, 2017 at 7:30pm PST. TfL has been pioneering interactive tele/webcasting since 1986. Audience “interventions” come from all over the world.


The production is 2.5 hours long.

*Ticket price is inclusive of all service & endowment fees and applicable taxes.