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10th Anniversary production of Uncle Oscar's Experiment October 10-20th!

Aug 8, 2013

We are happy to announce that our hit show Uncle Oscar's Experiment will be ressurected for a special 10th Anniversary Edition production! Originally created in 2003, the show is about Felicity Luckless - a girl who brings bad luck to everything and everyone she encounters. Part clown show, part musical and part grand guignol bloody melodrama, Uncle Oscar's Experiment will play to audiences in Halifax October 10-20th at Fort Massey United Church on Tobin and Queen St.

Felicity Luckless is cursed... or so they say. Everywhere she goes, she brings death... or so they believe. Felicity is placed in the care of medical maverick Dr. Oscar Smitthison-Burke and his strange manservant Gregory. The doctor is convinced there is a cure for Felicity's malchance energies and will not rest until it is found. But things start breaking, bloody procedures are performed, angels start hovering and Gregory is forced to choose between his master and his calamitous new love.

Inspired by the Grand Guignol theatre tradition, Uncle Oscar's Experiment is a musical fantasia on the borderland between Earth and Eternity.

Joining the original creative team for this new production will be Stewart Legere (playing Dr.Oscar Smithison-Burke), Jess Lewis (lighting designer), Katherine Jenkins-Ryan (set designer), Leesa Hamilton (costume designer), Cathleen MacCormack (costume builder) and Brian Riley (technician).

Uncle Oscar's Experiment previews October 9 and then plays October 10-20th. All shows at 8pm. There is also a matinee at 2pm on October 19th.

Tickets are available at or by calling 489-9872


The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions "something magical"

Apr 20, 2013

"a remarkably intimate and gentle show set in Halifax today. It’s visually stunning . . . The storytelling is inventive and magical."
- Elissa Barnard, The Chronicle Herald
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"strong, warm performances, a thoroughly charming set . . . There's plenty to like about this intimate and inventive piece."
- Kate Watson, The Coast, Halifax's Weekly
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"compelling, heart rending and beautiful to watch . . . a lovely play"
- Amanda Campbell, The Way I See It Theatre Blog
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Zuppa Theatre Co.'s The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions premieres April 12-21 in Halifax

Mar 26, 2013

Celebrating 15 years of evocative, dynamic, and utterly original theatre, Halifax’s Zuppa Theatre Co. will premiere their newest creation, The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions, April 12–21, 2013 at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre as part of the Neptune Theatre Open Spaces Program.

The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions follows a military translator as he returns to Halifax from Afghanistan to news of a family crisis. But then ordinary life happens: he revisits old haunts, catches up with family and friends, meets a schoolteacher from Texas and buys a new shirt. Framed by the trauma of large-scale conflict on one side, and personal loss on the other, unremarkable events take on great significance. The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions is a poetic, visually arresting theatrical mediation on life's “spaces in between”.

This world premiere production features an elaborate set, by Katherine Jenkins-Ryan, of a miniature, present-day Halifax, and a complex video design, by Vojin Vasovic, that alternately magnifies small details and “zooms out” to provide a cosmic perspective.

Developed with Cleveland-based playwright Mike Geither, The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions stars Ben Stone, Susan Leblanc-Crawford, Stewart Legere, and Zuppa Theatre Co. newcomer Katie Dorian. Directed by Alex McLean, with lighting design by Jessica Lewis, costume design by Leesa Hamilton, sound design by Brian Riley, and featuring an original musical score by Jason Michael MacIsaac and David Christensen, The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions reunites Zuppa Theatre Co.’s core artists and collaborators for the first time since the Merritt Award-winning Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world).

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(902) 429-7070
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Zuppa Theatre Co. wins Outstanding Production, Set Design at Merritt Awards

Mar 25, 2013

Zuppa Theatre Co.’s Slowly I Turn: a parlor vaudeville in one act won the Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Production on Monday night. Conceived by Ben Stone, the show was nominated for six awards, including Outstanding New Play, and also won for Outstanding Set Design (Leesa Hamilton). This marks the second Outstanding Production Merritt Award in three years for Zuppa Theatre Co., following Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world).


Zuppa Theatre Co. invites you to Seek Electricity!

Mar 12, 2013

How are audiences captivated, texts animated, theatres brought to life? What can an actor do to light up a stage?

Seek Electricity! is Zuppa Theatre Co.'s inaugural two-week workshop for excited aspiring actors. The result of more than a decade's work together, our approach to performance combines physical and vocal training, a spirit of restless play, and precise work with text and action.

We are performers Ben Stone, Susan Leblanc-Crawford, Stewart Legere, and director Alex McLean. We have taught extensively at universities, schools, and festivals in Canada, the United States, and Copenhagen, Denmark. We want every experience of the theatre to be electric and this begins for us with the enduring art of the actor.

Seek Electricity!
Monday to Friday
June 17-28, 2013
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Tuition: $600

To apply, email with a note about yourself and why you want to take this workshop.

Space is limited. Housing assistance is possible for our-of-town participants.

Zuppa Theatre Co. creates original work for immersive theatrical environments, fuelled by inter-disciplinary collaboration and insatiable curiosity. We've won awards, played in old buildings and public parks, and at venues the world over, from Wales to Boston, Montreal to Vancouver. 

Our latest creation, The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions, premieres at the Scotiabank Studio Theatre April 12-21, 2013.