You Should Have Stayed Home

September 24 – October 5
Tue - Fri: 8pm, Sat: 5pm & 9pm, Sun: 2pm
Half Price Preview! Sep 24, 8pm
PWYC Matinee Wed Oct 2, 1pm
Talkback Panel with BC Civil Liberties Association's Michael Vonn Thurs Oct 3, 8pm

A G20 Romp!

In 2010, Toronto actor Tommy Taylor went to observe the G20 protests and unwittingly became part of the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. This provocative award-winning piece of theatre that started out as a viral facebook post is Taylor’s deeply personal and absurdly humorous account of 48 hours he will never forget. A must see for every Canadian who believes in freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest.


“I left the theatre furious. That’s a good thing… there’s something essentially optimistic about You Should Have Stayed Home… there’s hope in sharing anger that’s directed at the powerful who are dismantling our democracy.” – Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

“You Should Have Stayed Home is riveting and alarming…a moving account of one man’s resilience” – Roberta McDonald, The Tyee

“The show moves between humour, charm, anger, despair… a must see show for every Canadian. Go see it while you have the chance.” – Adam Brownfield, Vancouver Vantage

WINNER – SummerWorks Arts Professional Award

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Click here to watch You Should Have Stayed AT Home – the Gemini-nominated CBC documentary named after the Praxis Theatre show that interviews Tommy Taylor and 3 other G20 detainees.

Praxis Theatre production in association with The Original Norwegian. Written and performed by Tommy Taylor. Directed by Michael Wheeler. Artistic Producer Aislinn Rose. Lighting Design by Kimberly Purtell. Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne. Set Design by Scott Penner. Stage managed by Rebecca Vandevelde.


We are seeking participants to help recreate the cramped conditions in which Tommy was imprisoned in a tiny holding cage with 40 other prisoners. Each performance 20-30 people will join him briefly on stage. Actors and non-actors welcome! If you would like to join the show, or just learn more about the opportunity, email:

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On Thursday October 3, we are excited to announce we will be hosting a post-show discussion panel after the 8pm performance on civil rights and surveillance featuring:

>BC Civil Liberties Association’s Michael Vonn

>Lawyer Greg McMullen

>Activist Harsha Walia

>Performer Tommy Taylor

The panel will be hosted by former Neworld Theatre Founding Artistic Producer Camyar Chai.

This event is free with you ticket purchase for that evening.

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