Between 1914 and 1918, more than 4,000 First Nations soldiers volunteered to fight and die for Canada in the First World War. Redpatch is a new Canadian play about a young mixed-blood First Nations solider from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island, who volunteers to fight for Canada in the First World War. Set in both Canada and the battlefields of France, Redpatch follows the experiences of this young solider as he endures the horrors of war. Featuring a cast of Indigenous performers.
Directed by SEAN HARRIS OLIVER
Set & Props Design by PAM JOHNSON
Costume Design by CHRISTOPHER DAVID GAUTHIER
Lighting Design by BRAD TRENAMAN
Original Sound & Music Design by JAMES COOMBER
Associate Sound Design by OWEN HUTCHINSON
Mask Design by JENNIFER STEWART
Redpatch is wholly immersive and brilliantly inventive theatre … an actual experience that the world hasn’t seen before.
Cast & Creative Team
- Raes CalvertHalf-Blood/Movement Captain×Raes CalvertHalf-Blood/Movement Captain
Raes Calvert is a Métis theatre artist who lives and works in Vancouver. He returns to the Citadel after performing in Children of God last March. As a performer, he has toured nationally and internationally with companies such as Axis Theatre, GreenThumb Theatre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Neworld Theatre, and The Presentation House Theatre. Raes is a three-time Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominee and one time recipient. Last year Raes was a recipient of a Hnatyshyn REVEAL Indigenous Art Award.
- Jennifer DaigleBam-Bam×Jennifer DaigleBam-Bam
Hailing from Carstairs, Alberta, Jenny is excited to be debuting at the Citadel Theatre. She loves to work outside and help her roommate ride and train horses. Acting credits include As You Like It, Victors, Villains & Vixens (SBTB Theatre Calgary); Small Wonders – Emily Carr (Canadiana Musical Theatre Co.); Twisted Tales: Snow White (TYA); The Wizard of Oz, The Miracle Worker, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Our Town (Rosebud Theatre); The Tempest, and Much Ado About Nothing (Suspension of Disbelief Inc.).
- Taran KootenhayooHoward Thomas×Taran KootenhayooHoward Thomas
Taran Kootenhayoo is a Denesųłįné & Yahey Wichastabi actor, playwright, and spoken-word poet who pays rent in Vancouver, which is situated on the unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh territories. Some of his recent roles have been Ant in Savage Society's The Council of the Spider, Ant & Fly; Staqwui in Raven Spirit Dance's Salmon Girl; SQUEWEQS in Axis Theatre's production of 'TH'OWXIYA The Hungry Feast Dish. He’s honoured to be a part of Redpatch on Treaty 6 Territories.
- Joel D. MontgrandJonathon×Joel D. MontgrandJonathon
Joel is from Northern Saskatchewan and grew up with his Cree family in the town of LaRonge. He has since travelled the world and is a professional actor now based out of Vancouver, B.C. He has appeared in movies and television, but finds his real passion in his first love of performance; the stage. He's thrilled to be appearing once again in Redpatch where he has had the pleasure to play both Jonathan and H.T. during the evolution of this piece.
- Chelsea RoseDickie×Chelsea RoseDickie
A University of Victoria and Canadian College of Performing Arts alumna, Chelsea Rose’s favourite credits include Les Filles Du Roi (Urban Ink); Th'owxiya (Axis Theatre Company); Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth (Firehall Arts Centre); Weesageechak 28/29 (Native Earth Performing Arts); Broken Sex Doll (Virtual Stage); Cannibal: The Musical (Awkward Stage Productions); RENT (Fighting Chance Productions); Little Women (Black Box Productions); The Wizard of Oz, and Grease (Victoria Operatic Society). She is the vocalist of symphonic metal band, Ophelia Falling.
- Odessa ShuquayaShe Rides Between×Odessa ShuquayaShe Rides Between
Odessa is from the Kluane First Nation in Yukon and has been living in Vancouver since graduating with a B.F.A. in Theatre from U.B.C. In addition to acting for the stage (Egni’s Eye, The Rez Sisters) and screen (Brother I Cry, Grace Point) Odessa is also a filmmaker with a documentary currently in festivals around the world. Odessa is so happy to be a part of this production and thankful to be on Treaty 6 Territory. Shàw ní-than!
- Sean Harris OliverDirector×Sean Harris OliverDirector
Sean is a Canadian playwright, director, performer, and filmmaker. His work has appeared throughout Canada and the U.S. in a variety of arts festivals, public readings and theatre productions. His plays have earned numerous distinctions including being named a finalist for the 2017 Playwright's Guild of Canada's Carol Bolt Award for Redpatch, as well as a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nomination for Outstanding New Script for his play The Fighting Season. Sean is a graduate of Studio 58. www.seanharrisoliver.com
- Pam JohnsonSet & Props Designer×Pam JohnsonSet & Props Designer
Pam has been designing professionally for 38 years. Her designs have travelled throughout Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan. Pam has received several Jessie Richardson Awards. In 2012 she was honoured with a Career Achievement Award. Pam designed at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre for 24 seasons and continues to freelance and design for Bard on the Beach. She taught theatre design at Studio 58 Langara College for 27 years.
- Christopher David GauthierCostume Designer×Christopher David GauthierCostume Designer
Christopher is a Toronto-born, Vancouver-based theatre designer and instructor who has worked with Hardline Productions since their very first show. Christopher has designed costumes and/or sets for the Arts Club, Carousel Theatre, Frank Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Realwheels Theatre, Shaw Festival, Touchstone Theatre, as well as for Capilano University, Douglas College, Studio 58, and many smaller companies and artist collectives. Other: Design Instructor (VFS); Wardrobe (Douglas College); Six-time Jessie nominee; Production Graduate – Studio 58; Member - Associated Designers of Canada. christopherdavidgauthier.com
- Brad TrenamanLighting Designer×Brad TrenamanLighting Designer
Vancouver: Where the Wild Things Are (Presentation House); The Events (Pi Theatre); Salmon Girl (Raven Spirit). Toronto: Shakespeare in High Park (Canstage); CATS (NuMu Productions); i think i can (YPT). Las Vegas: Matt Dusk (Hilton); and Menopause the Musical (Luxor). Touring: The Stepcrew, Virsky Ukrainian Dance Company, magician Ted Outerbridge, National Chinese Acrobats. Writer for Professional Lighting and Production Magazine, and a member of Associated Designers of Canada. Currently pursuing a Masters in Sustainable Theatre Design at York University. www.batlighting.com
- James CoomberSound & Music Designer×James CoomberSound & Music Designer
James Coomber is a composer, sound designer, and musician and based in Vancouver. Recently he has collaborated with The Only Animal, The Arts Club Theatre Company, Frank Theatre, Itsazoo Productions, Savage Society, Vision Impure, The Belfry Theatre, Alley Theatre, Neworld Theatre, Sugarworks Theatre, Caravan Stage Company, Move: The Company, Rice and Beans Theatre, and Theatre Terrific. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and graduate of the School of Contemporary Arts at SFU. Find more info at jamescoomber.com.
- Owen HutchinsonAssociate Sound Designer×Owen HutchinsonAssociate Sound Designer
Credits include sound design for The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood, Sense & Sensibility, Million Dollar Quartet, Arcadia, Make Mine Love, Next to Normal, A Midsummer Night's Dream, August: Osage County, Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wizard of Oz, and The Forbidden Phoenix. Selected operation credits include Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story (co-production with Theatre Calgary), Vimy, Noises Off, Peter Pan, 3 Mo' Divas, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Sound of Music, A Christmas Carol, and The Shape of Things.
- Genevieve FlemingAssistant Director×Genevieve FlemingAssistant Director
Genevieve is a director, actor, producer, and the Artistic Producer of Hardline Productions. Select directing credits include Wilderness (Studio 58); Flare Path (Slamming Door); and Of Mice and Men (Hardline). Select performance credits include The North Plan (UpintheAir); Creeps (Realwheels); earning Jessie Richardson awards in Lead and Ensemble performance, respectively, and Wet (Itsazoo). Genevieve is the recent recipient of the Ray Michal Prize for Most Promising New Director. She is a graduate of Mount Allison University and Studio 58.
- Jennifer StewartMask Designer×Jennifer StewartMask Designer
Jenn Stewart works as a Designer, Production Manager, and in various capacities backstage. Credits include Set Designer for Of Mice and Men (Hardline); Selfie (Seizieme); Wet (Itsazoo); and Props Designer for The Whipping Man (Pacific) and The Invisible Hand (Pi). Backstage credits include Studies in Motion (Electric Company); Motherload (the chop); and on multiple shows at Caravan Farm and Bard on the Beach. Film credits include Eadweard and Adventures in Public School (Motion58). She is a graduate of Studio 58.
- Doug MertzDialect Coach×Doug MertzDialect Coach
Doug has coached dialects for numerous shows at the Citadel (A Christmas Carol – 10 years!, Shakespeare in Love, Million Dollar Quartet, Mary Poppins, One Man, Two Guvnors). Additional credits include: Vigilante – National Tour (Catalyst Theatre), Pirates of Penzance, The Gondoliers, Parade (Opera Nuova) and many others. Doug has taught dialects locally for the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program, Theatre Alberta’s Drama Works and Workshops by Request, Rapid Fire Theatre, Foote Theatre School and several local high schools. He is the Director of Education and Outreach here at the Citadel.
- Lois DawsonStage Manager×Lois DawsonStage Manager
Lois is thrilled to return to Edmonton where she last stage managed Ride the Cyclone. Recent stage management credits include: Les Belles-soeurs (Ruby Slippers); The Little Prince & Kim’s Convenience (Chemainus Theatre Festival); The Pipeline Project (Savage Society/ITSAZOO); A Christmas Carol (Gateway Theatre); The Christians (Pacific Theatre); and The Drowsy Chaperone (TUTS). She is the production coordinator for Your Dance Fest (Toronto) and sits on the CAEA stage management committee. Thank you to Jaime & Remy.
- Sang-Sang LeeAssistant Stage Manager×Sang-Sang LeeAssistant Stage Manager
Select Citadel credits include Hadestown, Mamma Mia!, Sense and Sensibility, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Who’s Afraid of VirginiaWoolf?, Avenue Q, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot, PrivateLives, The Sound of Music, and Rocky Horror. Elsewhere, she has worked on Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary); Salt Baby (Globe Theatre); Antessy (Concrete Theatre); Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear (Freewill Shakespeare); Don Giovanni (COSI); and Hunchback (Catalyst Theatre).