Podcast series

Tarragon Acoustic

Produced by the Tarragon Theatre

Centaur Presents Tarragon Acoustic, a series of audio plays, drawn from over 50 years of Tarragon Theatre’s rich history of Canadian play development.

October 25 - June 13, 2021


From classics to new works, Tarragon Acoustic features Canadian plays that were developed at Tarragon Theatre, the home for Canadian playwrights. Performed by some of Canada’s best actors, this online collaboration is an opportunity for Centaur to share more theatre with you until we can once again take to the stage.  

Centaur Theatre’s Artistic Associate, Rose Plotek, has curated an assortment especially for Centaur audiences. Each play will remain online for a period of 2 weeks. 

Centaur will receive a portion of the sales.

The Shape of a Girl

by Joan MacLeod, Directed by Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster
A Tarragon Acoustic Production in association with PlayME Podcast’s Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley

February 28, 2021 2:30 PM – March 14, 2021 11:59 PM (listen anywhere anytime)
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In an imaginary letter to an absent older brother, Braidie struggles to understand the torture and killing of a teenage girl by a group of her school-mates. MacLeod’s young protagonist enters all the bright open avenues of peer-group play and the dark blind alleys of individual and collective terror, as she discovers within herself both the capacity for and the conflict between impulses of good and evil.

The Shape of a Girl (2001) was commissioned by Green Thumb Theatre for Young People, and first produced at Alberta Theatre Projects, as part of its playRites Festival, with Jenny Young as Braidie, and directed by Patrick McDonald. The Shape of a Girl has been produced more than thirty times, and translated into eight languages. Joan joined the Playwrights Unit at Tarragon in 1985, and remained as playwright-in-residence here for seven years.

The Shape of a Girl was first produced at Tarragon in March 2002.

The Herd

by Kenneth T. Williams, Directed by Kevin Loring
March 11, 2021 8:00 PM – March 25, 2021 11:59 PM
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When twin White Bisons are born to a First Nation ranch, an ambitious blog reporter posts it and the story goes viral. Is this a miracle in the spiritual life of a Saskatchewan First Nation or a one in a billion scientific event? Culture, science and politics collide as the world descends on the herd to witness the sacred prophecy of the White Bison while one Indigenous scientist fights to keep her ethics intact and her herd alive.

Kenneth T. Williams is a Cree playwright from the Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan in what is known as Treaty 4 territory. He became the first Indigenous person to earn an M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Alberta in 1992. Since 2017, Williams has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta.

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou

by Michel Tremblay, Translated by: Bill Glassco and John Van Burek, Directed by Philippe Lambert
March 28, 2021 2:30 PM – April 11, 2021 11:59 PM
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In 1971, Carmen returns home to convince Manon, her sister, to end ten years of mourning the death of their parents. Past and present intermingle as the two daughters struggle to reconcile their visions of the past, and the parents, Marie-Lou and Léopold, enact the events preceding their fatal car crash.

During his career Tremblay has received more than sixty prizes, citations, and honours, including nine Chalmers Awards and five Prix du grand public, presented during Montreal’s annual book fair, Salon du livre. Tremblay has also received six honorary doctorates. His plays have been produced in over 22 languages including Yiddish, Haitian Creole, Dutch, Lithuanian, Hindi and Japanese.

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou was first produced at Tarragon in November 1972.

Half Life

by John Mighton, Directed by Nikki Shaffeeullah
April 8, 2021 8:00 PM – April 22, 2021 11:59 PM
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Had they previously met somewhere else under different circumstances? Why is their love so troubling for their children? Indeed, the light at dusk is sometimes warmer and more enveloping than that of the midday sun. Characters navigate between being and appearance, between cowardice and dissoluteness.

As a playwright, Mighton has been the recipient of the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, two Governor General’s Literary Awards for Drama, the Dora Award, and the Chalmers Award. His plays include Possible Worlds, A Short History of Night, and Half Life.

Half Life was first co-produced at Tarragon with Necessary Angel Theatre in February 2005.

Helen’s Necklace

by Carole Fréchette, Translated by John Murrell, Directed by Eda Holmes
April 25, 2021 2:30 PM – May 9, 2021 11:59 PM
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Helen wanders through a Middle Eastern city looking for a lost pearl necklace. In language as shimmering as the strand of pearls itself—its value isn’t what we initially think—Fréchette brings Helen into contact with a series of people, from a friendly taxi driver to a distraught mother and an angrily impassioned man. Helen’s world is irrevocably changed by her search for a trinket.

Carole Fréchette is the author of fifteen plays, which have been translated into twenty languages and staged all over the world. Fréchette was awarded the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre in 2002, and has received the Governor General’s Literary Award for French Language Drama twice.

Helen’s Necklace was first produced at Tarragon in October 2003 and was remounted in November 2004.


by Wajdi Mouawad, Translated by Linda Gaboriau, Directed by Richard Rose
May 13, 2021 8:00 PM – May 27, 2021 11:59 PM
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Wajdi Mouawad’s writing is powerful; a beautifully penned story that paves a path to a mother’s unspeakable pain. The closer Janine and Simon get to finding the source of her silence, the closer they are to uncovering a tragedy so horrific it will engulf the world they know. Continuing his quest for sense and beauty, Wajdi Mouawad has plunged into the turbulent depths of writing to discover, washed up midst the sand dunes, fiery tales lost in the mists of time. Making their way through the dunes are Nawal’s twin children, Janine and Simon, who want to solve the mystery of their origins. In retracing the bitter history of their mother, other characters come into the story—witnesses or key players able to assist in the investigation. Carried aloft by poetic language, the inquiry pursued by Janine and Simon unfolds in a dreamlike atmosphere that cultivates the mystery surrounding a knife thrust into the heart of childhood.

Incendies (Scorched) has been produced all over the world, including the United States, Brazil, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Spain and Australia. The 2007 production at the Tarragon won two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for Richard Rose. The production has been remounted several times and went on a cross-Canada tour in 2008–2009. In 2011 Incendies, the film version of the play directed by Denis Villeneuve was Canada’s official selection for the 2011 Academy Awards and was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Scorched was first produced at Tarragon in February 2007, was remounted in September 2008 and remounted again in June 2009.

Come Home – The Legend of Daddy Hall

Written and directed by Audrey Dwyer, Music by Spy Dénommé-Welch, Catherine Magowan and Audrey Dwyer
May 30, 2021 2:30 PM – June 13, 2021 11:59 PM
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Audrey was the Urjo Kareda Artist in Residence at Tarragon Theatre in 2018-19 and was also the Assistant Artistic Director. She is currently the associate artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Come Home – The Legend of Daddy Hall is a brand new play with music.

How To Purchase

Tickets will be available for purchase 2 weeks before each scheduled podcast. The ticket purchasing link will be posted below each show title. Ticket prices are $12.50 (tax incl.) + $2.99 service fee.

When you click on the link, you will be redirected to Tarragon Theatre’s website, where you will need to create an account to begin the checkout process.

Once you enter your credit card information, the question “How Did You Hear About Us?” appears below the payment info in the checkout process. Please select “Centaur Theatre Patron”.

Once payment is completed, you will receive an email confirmation with your payment receipt.

On the first day of the reading, you will receive an email with your access information.

**If your reading’s availability period has already began:

Within 24 hours (or less during office hours) you will receive an email from Tarragon with your access information. Simply log in anytime during the play’s 2-week availability period. 

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.