New Play Development

New plays are an exciting and integral part of the Belfry Theatre’s mandate and history. Some of the country’s most successful plays have first seen the light of day in the intimacy of this theatre, including all of the Wingfield Farm plays, Morris Panych’s international hit Vigil, and Michele Riml’s popular Sexy Laundry.

Premieres developed with the support of the Belfry include:

Unless by Carole Shields, adapted by Carol Shields and Sara Cassidy

Skydive by Kevin Kerr

The Life Inside by James Fagan Tait & Joelysa Pankanea

on the edge by Michele Riml

Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Bruce Ruddell & Bill Henderson

The Boy in the Moon by Emil Sher (co-commissioned with Great Canadian Theatre Company)

Home Is A Beautiful Word compiled and edited by Joel Bernbaum

21 Ways to Make the World Last Longer by Cathy Stubington & James Fagan Tait

Reverberations by Brian Linds

Taking Off by Deborah Williams

I Think I’m Fallin’ The Songs of Joni Mitchell created by Michael Shamata & Tobin Stokes

Gracie by Joan Macleod

Forget About Tomorrow by Jill Daum

The Children’s Republic by Hannah Moscovitch

Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock & Michael Shamata

The Belfry actively commissions plays from Canadian playwrights. We are closely involved in the development of these scripts – through dramaturgy, workshops, and readings. In the vast majority of cases, we move these scripts forward to production on one of our two stages.

We are currently assisting in the development of new work from an array of talented writers, including:

Rachel Aberle (BC)
Joel Bernbaum (SK)
Dave Deveau (BC)
David Ferguson (BC)
Lucia Frangione (BC)
Sean Oliver Harris (BC)
Christine Quintana (BC)