L to R: Performers Erica Wilson, Aqqalu, Ashley Cook, Nick Benz. Photo by Astros Media
Castlereigh Theatre Project presents
February 18-23, 2020
Focuses on Truth and need for Reconciliation
A Castlereigh Theatre Project at Presentation House Theatre
“We forgive, but we don’t forget. We’re taught not to hate.”
– Ida Wood, member of the fly-in God’s Lake Narrows First Nation located in northern Manitoba
Dates: February 18 – 23, 2020
Feb 19 to 22 – 7:30 pm
Feb 23 – 1:30 pm
Feb 18 – 1:00 pm
Feb 20 – 1:30 pm (Sold Out)
Ticket Prices: $30 / $25 / $18
Website and Box Office:
Presentation House Theatre
333 Chesterfield Avenue at 3rd Street
North Vancouver V7M 3
About God’s Lake
Truth and the need for reconciliation come into sharp focus in God’s Lake, a Castlereigh Theatre Project appearing February 18 – 23 at Presentation House Theatre.
In this vivid, original work of verbatim, documentary theatre, audiences bear witness to the strength and resilience of the people in the remote fly-in reserve of God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba following traumatic events of unresolved justice and a complex and challenging past. Co-created by playwright Francesca Albright and award-winning Swampy Cree filmmaker Kevin Lee Burton, the play explores how God’s Lake Narrows was impacted by the violent death of a 15-year-old girl in their community.
Albright first learned about the unsolved 2013 murder of Leah Anderson in northern Manitoba through a CBC report. The vibrant Cree teen is one of the more than 1,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls across Canada. Albright’s interest in Leah’s story led to a creative collaboration with Burton, a member of Gods Lake Narrows First Nation, who shares her passion for documentary storytelling. Together they traveled to the remote reserve several times over six months to conduct interviews on a community level, gathering information and gaining permission to tell the story.
“We started to look at the context of Leah’s story, what happened to her, the role of caregivers and the systems and institutions that disrupt communities,” shares Burton.
The result is a glimpse into the lived reality of the people of God’s Lake Narrows told verbatim from the interviews. Under the direction of Britt Small of Atomic Vaudeville, four young Indigenous performers from across Canada portray twenty-four characters across different genders, ages, and community roles.
Using bold northern imagery, an original live score by Ziibiwan + Melody McKiver and heightened physicality, God’s Lake offers a rare opportunity to witness the complex issues facing people living in a remote community and provides an understanding for those who might have no awareness of the reserve system, let alone what it’s like to live on a remote First Nations reserve.
“It’s time to shine a light on systemic issues and to listen for a while,” says Small.
A Play by Francesca Albright and Kevin Lee Burton
Directed by Britt Small
Performed by Aqqalu, Nick Benz, Ashley Cook and Erica Wilson
A Castlereigh Theatre Project
This God’s Lake tour marks show’s professional premiere and includes performances at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre (Feb 5 to 8) and Intrepid Theatre in Victoria (Feb 28, 29).