The Cultch draws a diverse lineup from near and far for 2016-17

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      A musical look at Vancouver's Elbow Room, a searing piece on residential schools, and shows from New Zealand, Belgium, and Italy are a few of the highlights in the Cultch's recently announced 2016-17 roster.

      The 20-show lineup, which includes six Canadian premieres and two new dance works, takes place across three venues: the Cultch Historic Theatre, the York Theatre, and the Vancity Culture Lab. Add to that one site-specific show, Le Patin Libre's artful twist on ice-skating, Vertical Influences, at the Brittania Community Centre rink.

      Amid the offerings are two new local musicals: Zee Zee Theatre’s Elbow Room: The Musical, about the well-known brunch spot where lighthearted verbal abuse gets served along with great food, and Urban Ink’s Children of God, the story of two Oji-Cree children sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario--the latter moving on to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa after its premiere here in May 2017.

      The two dance premiere are am a from Mindy Parfitt and Amber Funk Barton, and How To Be, from Tara Cheyenne Performance. Also on the roster is the return ofMontreal provocateur, dance artist, and musician Frédérick Gravel/Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup, All Hell Is Breaking Loose, Honey. The troupe's rock 'n' roll Usually Beauty Fails wowed crowds at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in  2014.

       Theatre Replacement’s will also return with its crazily popular East Van Panto in December, with the writing directing team of Mark Chavez and Anita Rochon taking on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood; Veda Hille returns for a fourth year as musical director.

      The Canadian premieres include Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; Fight Night from Belgium, a wicked take on elections and voting systems; the American Helen & Edgar from the team behind The Moth; family-friendly, circus-driven The Pianist; and romantic thriller The Elephant Wrestler, both from New Zealand; and the La Merda from Italy, Silvia Gallerano's literally naked performance of a stream of consciouness the Guardian called "extraordinary and terrifying".

      Big returning names include badass clowns Mump & Smoot, puppetmaster Ronnie Burkett's The Daisy Theatre, and the modern-maternal-minded Motherload.

      Below, find the entire lineup. 

      Subscriptions for the 16/17 season are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale August 2. Call The Cultch’s Box Office at 604-251-1363 or go online at

      Helen & Edgar
      Edgar Oliver (US)  
      Sept 29 - Oct 8, 2016

      The Motherload Collective (Vancouver)
      Oct 4 - 15, 2016

      Piya Behrupiya (Twelfth Night)
      The Company Theatre (India)
      Oct 11 - 22, 2016

      Fight Night
      Ontroerend Goed (Belgium), Border Project Australia, Richard Jordan (UK)
      Oct 18 - 29, 2016

      The Pianist: A Concert Catastrophe
      Thomas Monckton (New Zealand)/Circo Aereo (Finland)
      Oct 25 - Nov 6, 2016

      The Elephant Wrestler
      Indian Ink Theatre Company (New Zealand)
      Nov 1 - 5, 2016

      Empire of the Son
      Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver)
      Nov 1 - 13, 2016

      All Hell Is Breaking Loose, Honey
      Frédérick Gravel/Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (Montreal)
      Nov 8 - 12, 2016

      East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood
      Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)  
      Nov 23 - Dec 31, 2016

      The Fighting Season
      Bleeding Heart Theatre (Vancouver)  
      Jan 10 - 21, 2017

      Quote UnQuote Collective (Toronto)
       Jan 31 - Feb 5, 2017

      Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Toronto)
       Feb 15 - 19, 2017

      am a
      Amber Funk Barton and Mindy Parfitt (Vancouver)
      Feb 21 - Mar 4, 2017

      Elbow Room Café: The Musical
      Zee Zee Theatre (Vancouver)
      Mar 1 - 12, 2017

      The Daisy Theatre
      Ronnie Burkett (Toronto)
      Mar 21 - Apr 9, 2017

      How To Be
      Tara Cheyenne Performance (Vancouver)
      Apr 12 - 15, 2017

      Vertical Influences
      Le Patin Libre (Montreal)
      Apr 18 - 30, 2017

      Mump & Smoot in Anything
      Mump & Smoot (Toronto)
      Apr 25 - May 6, 2017

      La Merda
      Frida Kahlo Production (Italy) | Richard Jordan Productions (UK)
      May 2 - 13, 2017

      Children of God
      The Cultch, NAC (Ottawa), Raven Theatre, Urban Ink (Vancouver)
      May 16 - June 3, 2017