Cultch’s Femme fest focuses on science, motherhood, sexuality, abortion, culture and gender stereotypes


The Cultch presents six pieces in this year’s edition of its Festival Femme. They include everything from a deep dive into the oceans to examinations of motherhood, abortion, gender roles, intercultural relationship and sexuality. Find out what’s available below.


One of Canada’s foremost science journalists, Alanna Mitchell, examines the crisis in the oceans caused by the build-up of carbon dioxide and why it threatens the very existence of humans on earth. His game, Seasickness, came out of his bestselling book Seasickness, which results from his revolutionary exploration of the world’s oceans. The Toronto Theater Center show is directed by Franco Boni with Ravi Jain and will take place February 2–19 at the Historic Theater.


Still Hungry’s “Contemporary Circus on Motherhood”, based in Germany, takes its title, Crow, from the German concept of Rabenmutter. It is a word used to describe a selfish and neglectful mother. Co-created and performed by the three cast members – Anke van Engelshoven, Lena Ries and Romy Seibt – the show raises questions about society’s notions of working mothers and circus performers. Raven will take place February 8-13 at the York Theater.

Tracy Jennissen, Parmiss Sehat and Melissa Oei parody media stereotypes in Handsome.
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Written by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Erin Shields and directed by Keltie Forsyth, Pi Theater’s Handsome challenges gender stereotypes through the eyes of three female characters. In this world, it is men, not women, who are the objects, revealing how biased our media and indeed our society has become. Handsome will take place from February 24 to March 5 at the Historical Theater.

In response to Alabama

Keltie Forsyth also directs this intimate Little Thief Theater show about three performers who openly talk about their abortions. In response to Alabama was created, written and performed by Libby Willoughby, Miranda MacDougall and Mariam Barr. According to the Cultch website, he “confronts one of the most emotionally and rhetorically charged issues of our time with nuance, honesty and concern for our performers, our audience and their lived experiences.” It will be presented at the Vancity Culture Lab from March 3-12.

Cleanse / Espèjos

The world premiere of Christine Quintana’s Exploration of Female Solidarity takes place at a Mexican resort, where a hotel floor manager meets a guest at a Canadian wedding. Both carry secrets. This Neworld Theater production will take place March 10-19 at the Historic Theater.

Emma Slipp plays a character who defies societal norms in rabbit, which is directed by Mindy Parfitt.
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Mindy Parfitt of Search Party stages this play revolving around a woman, performed by Emma Slipp, whose erotic desires challenge societal inhibitions and traditional gender roles. rabbit was written by Governor General’s Award winner Hannah Moscovitch and will run March 17-27 at the Vancity Culture Lab.


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