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This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.








Skeleton Key also gratefully acknowledges support from the Ontario Arts Council and City of Ottawa.


Ages 5+ / 60 mins


Premiered at the Ottawa International Children's Festival May 2018

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Piece together clues and help brother and sister duo Pen and Cob unravel the mystery of Swan River! Stepping into the world of the play, audiences will journey through the landscape experiencing theatre, music, visual imagery, and interactive installations. A story about identity, adaptability, and family, Swan River celebrates the extraordinary power that we all have to love one another unconditionally. Previously presented at the Ottawa Internatioal Children's Festival (World Premiere May 2018) and the Shenkman Arts Centre on Petrie Island (Sept 2018)

" It was exceptional in the way that it integrated storylines and themes that appealed to both children and adults – which created an unusual level of engagement for families." - Claire, parent

“It was both simple and complex - what great art should be.” -Lib, Audience Member

"This is the best TYA [Theatre for Young Audiences] show that I have ever seen." -Sean, Parent

Note: All performances take place outdoors, rain or shine.

Story by Kate Smith*
Dramaturgy and Direction by Emily Pearlman
Featuring the work of Artistic Collaborators Tzeitel Abrego*, Tony Adams, Madeleine Boyes-Manseau, John Doucet, Jacqui Du Toit, Caterina Fiorindi, Vanessa Imeson, Scott Irving, Kel MacDonald, Joseph Pauls, Mitchel Rose*, Angela Schleihauf, Grace Scorrar, Marc Walter and Laura Wheeler

*The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).

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