Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth by Drew Hayden Taylor

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The Firehall Arts Centre is proud to produce and present Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, by celebrated Indigenous playwright Drew Hayden Taylor, from Saturday, November 11 to Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth

Where: Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova, Vancouver)
When: November 11 to December 2, 2017 with talkbacks November 16, 23, & 30
Tickets: From $20 online or by calling (604) 689-0926

Taylor’s Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the gripping account of the “Sixties Scoop” – a painful chapter in Canadian history in which Indigenous children were taken from their homes, their communities and their culture, and placed with non-Indigenous families, without the consent of their parents.

As the government was closing residential schools in the ‘60s, it was deemed “in the best interest of aboriginal children” to be removed from their families so they could receive education in Euro-Canadian schools and be taught Christian values in order to become a part of mainstream society. This was not an official policy, but an action that was taken by child welfare authorities. This “scoop” of children reached its peak in the ‘60s and continued until the turn of the century in some areas of Canada. Babies and young children were taken and placed for adoption with families in Canada, the U.S., and in some cases, Western Europe. In Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, Drew Hayden Taylor delves into the story of Janice as she is confronted by her birth sister, Barb, and brought home to the Reserve where she was born.

First produced by the Firehall Arts Centre in the ‘90s, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is a devastatingly truthful production and an unforgettable piece of Canadian theatre that deals with themes of abandonment, reconciliation, identity, and cultural dissonance. The 2017 production features performances by Chris Cound (Hana’s Suitcase) as Tonto, Braiden Houle (Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish) as Rodney, Chelsea Rose Tucker (Redpatch) as Janice/Grace, and Ashley Chartrand (Jail Baby) as Barb.

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16 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Jason BFriday, October 27th, 2017 — 10:24am PDT

    Not sure which one I trust more…kinds or drunks.

  2. Kim CFriday, October 27th, 2017 — 10:30am PDT

    I don’t think you can go wrong with a title like that

  3. ValerieFriday, October 27th, 2017 — 2:57pm PDT

    Sounds like an intriguing piece of theatre.

  4. IanFriday, October 27th, 2017 — 3:51pm PDT

    Would be an interesting play.

  5. TammyFriday, October 27th, 2017 — 5:11pm PDT

    Great event!

  6. TeresaSunday, October 29th, 2017 — 4:45pm PDT

    Looking forward to a powerful performance.

  7. EileenSunday, October 29th, 2017 — 6:34pm PDT

    Love the title of the play!

  8. AndreaMonday, October 30th, 2017 — 8:36am PDT

    Sounds like an interesting play!

  9. bjhMonday, October 30th, 2017 — 1:03pm PDT

    Would love to see this.

  10. Stella PanagiotidisTuesday, October 31st, 2017 — 9:38am PDT

    Would love to sed this! ❤

  11. HaroldThursday, November 2nd, 2017 — 8:17pm PDT

    Interested in seeing this.

  12. Ethel PayneFriday, November 3rd, 2017 — 1:04pm PDT

    Would love to win

  13. Pat CummingFriday, November 3rd, 2017 — 4:23pm PDT

    Sixties Scoop was not Canada’s finest hour. Interested to see Hayden-Taylor’s work.

  14. WesFriday, November 3rd, 2017 — 8:57pm PDT

    Would love to see this!

  15. ag GroverThursday, November 16th, 2017 — 8:20am PST

    can you share a schedule .? i would like to see this play .. i live in between thunderbay On and winnipeg manitoba

  16. ag GroverThursday, November 16th, 2017 — 12:36pm PST

    i would like to attend ..

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