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Stratford: “The Real Poems” by Robert McQueen runs at Stratford June 8-10

Friday, May 19, 2023

From inside the lockdowns of 2020, Robert McQueen sat at his kitchen table and wrote about his experiences as a young queer man, living between Vancouver and New York during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s.

The Real Poems is at once spoken witness to the joy of youth and a memorial to the lives of colleagues, lovers and friends lost. 

An audience Q&A will follow the final performance.

The Real Poems

Written and performed by Robert McQueen

Composition and Arrangement by Laura Burton

Directed by Andrew Kushnir

Dramaturgy by Damien Atkins


Robert McQueen, Laura Burton, Damien Atkins, Andrew Kushnir

Performance times:

Thu, Jun - 08 8:00 PM

Fri, Jun 09 - 5:30 PM

Sat, Jun 10 - 2:00 PM

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Photo: Robert McQueen. © 2018 David Cooper.