Lion in the Streets

Isobel, a nine-year old Portuguese girl, roams through her neighbourhood lost and frightened. She observes a series of interconnected episodes that give graphic glimpses into the desperate and unsettled lives of the strangers in her community.

With no distinction between reality and fantasy, Isobel is drawn into a dreamlike state to consider the power of compassion, forgiveness and redemption.

“It’s this animal we all have tucked away in the corner of our subconscious and it’s very frightening to see the cage unlocked…” – Judith Thompson

Lion in the Streets was the recipient of the Chalmers Outstanding New Play Award in 1991. Written by Toronto-based playwright Judith Thompson, the play is often labeled ”dark” because it sheds light on difficult topics without any sugar-coating, justification or shame.

Lion in the Streets

Although written over two decades ago, Lion in the Streets brings awareness to problems still hidden in our society from people of different age and wealth demographics. As Isobel observes the distress of those in her Toronto neighbourhood, Thompson narrows in on evil and violence also concealed within the Vancouver community.

Resonance Theatre Collective was founded by a group of University of Victoria Theatre Department alumni who wanted to reimagine a production of Lion in the Streets to be performed during their final year of university. They brought on new designers, cast members and a director, largely consisting of emerging talent from Studio 58 and UVIC.

Director Bronwyn Carradine is a Studio 58 grad and the recipient of the Ken & Anne Watts Memorial Scholarship for outstanding members of the artistic community as well as the Earl Klein Memorial Scholarship for creative expression.

Resonance Theatre Collective Presents Lion in the Streets

Dates: July 20 to 22, 27 to 29, 8 pm; July 29, 2 pm matinee
Venue: Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $17 in advance at or $20 at the door

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