The Boat Show

Written by:

Genevieve Adam

Cast Size:
10

Roles For:

  • LGBTQ+: 2
  • Men: 5
  • People of Colour: 4
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Drama
Musical/Opera

Themes:

Canadian History
Gender Roles
Love
Mistaken Identity
Transformation
War of 1812
Women

Length:

45 min.

Year Written:

2018

Synopsis:

Told within the framework of Canada’s proud but often troubled maritime history, “The Boat Show” encounters sirens, icebergs, Vikings, slave ships, gender fluidity, and forbidden love, while sailing the waters of Toronto’s Harbour during the War of 1812.

Characters:

JOSHUA TALBOT: 1820’s. Survived his father’s fists and War on the Lakes. May not survive Ida.

IDA GRACE MCPHEE: 1820’s. Ran the Lighthouse during the War. Scandalous, and likes it that way.

ELI: 1750’s. Older than Issac. Experienced and level headed. Except when it comes to Issac.

ISSAC: 1750’s. The ship’s nightwatchman. On his first voyage.

CHAPLAIN: Timeless. Devoted to his calling, but retains some humanity.

BOSUN: Timeless. Responsible for the smooth running of the ship.

SIRENS: Timeless. Three mythical creatures of the sea.

WOMAN/MAMA WATI: Timeless. Goddess of the water who likes sweet things.

First Produced:

Lost Soul’s Collective and Pirate Life in Toronto, ON, September 2018

Resources:

The Boat Show is available through the CPO Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Warnings:

Discussion of violence against black enslaved bodies, strong language, sexually suggestive content.