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Ottawa: GCTC announces new spring programming

Friday, March 26, 2021

Until the end of April, the Great Canadian Theatre Company will continue to address social issues and shine a spotlight on local artists by presenting eight live or recorded plays and concerts on its online GCTC TV channel.

Available until Saturday is a recording of the one-woman show The Elephant Girls, in which Ottawa’s Margo MacDonald dramatizes the story of a notorious all-female gang that operated in London, England for much of the 1900s.

Helping to conclude International Women’s Month will be the Sunday night concert of hip-hop artist and Polaris Prize winner Haviah Mighty, streaming live at 7:30 p.m.

From March 29 to April 1, The Cave, a 75-minute cabaret presentation featuring Tomson Highway with music by John Millard, lyrics by Highway, words by Martha Ross and backing by a five-piece band, will be available. The presentation, recorded before the pandemic began at Toronto’s Luminato Festival, features a song cycle from the perspective of animals fleeing a forest fire and addresses the climate crisis.

On April 8 at 8 p.m., Ottawa writer and performer Diane Flacks will livestream her new script, Guilt, from her living room.

From April 14 to May 5, Ottawa author, songwriter, record and video producer Timothy Trieste will release Negotiations with Existence, a series of recorded hybrid performances that mix literature, video and music.

Playwright and performer Makambe K. Simbaba livestreams her work Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers on April 15 at 8 p.m. The play, which addresses violence suffered by the Black community, won the 2019 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play for Theatre for Young Audiences.

Ottawa-based hip-hop ensemble BLAKDENIM will livestream a concert on April 24 at 7:30 p.m., and on the following afternoon at 2 p.m., the fourth FemmeVox concert, which showcases established and emerging Ottawa talent, will livestream.

The final performance of the series will be the April 28 evening livestream of Chase the Ace, a witty script by Stratford-based actor and playwright Mark Crawford.

GCTC’s spring performance schedule (all times EST)

The Cave by John Millard, Tomson Highway and Martha Ross: March 29—April 1

The Elephant Girls by Margo MacDonald – recorded: March 24-27

Haviah Mighty (Origin Kitchen Concert) – live stream: March 27, 7:30pm

Guilt by Diane Flacks – live stream: April 8, 8:00pm

Negotiations with Existence by Timothy Trieste – recorded: April 14 – May 5

Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers by Makambe K. Simbaba – live stream: April 22, 8:00pm

FemmeVox 4 – live stream: April 25, 2:00pm

Chase the Ace by Mark Crawford – live stream: April 29, 8:00pm

Tickets, starting at $5, are available at and the GCTC box office or by calling 613-236-5196.

By Peter Hum for

Photo: Margo MacDonald in The Elephant Girls. © 2021 Allan Mackey.