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7 STORIES OF RISK from 7 Emerging Writer-Directors

An Immersive Augmented Reality Experience

The City & The City by Upintheair Theatre and The Only Animal Logo by Samantha Tsang

The City & The City

The City and The City is based on the novel by China Mieville

Co-created and produced by Upintheair Theatre and The Only Animal    

With Inspiration from Darren Boquist’s Onsite Production of ‘How to Love’

Upintheair Theatre and The Only Animal are in the throes of developing an interactive performance based on the award-winning novel "The City and The City" by China Mieville. A mysterious murder threatens the very existence of two intertwined civilizations. What part do you play? 

Dawn Petten as Joanne in Nothing but Sky, created by The Only Animal Photo/makeup by Keith Murray

Nothing But Sky

The Only Animal is known for it’s imaginative locales, creating theatre in swimming pools, in a theatre of snow and ice, and on False Creek. Their new offering, Nothing But Sky, takes place inside a live drawing with the story of the Canadian who first drew Superman.

Meet Joe, the artist, his best friend, Jerry, the writer, and Joanne, the original model for Lois Lane and the girl they both love. Get on board the skyrocket as their creation goes from slushpile to the most popular Superhero of all times. The play becomes a living comic book, where real and drawn characters merge as we discover that our closest friends are equal parts Villain and Hero. But the real danger comes when DC Comics gets a hold of Superman, and what you created might return to destroy you.

With 3-D projection mapping, panelled action sequences, and an animation team that includes Paul Dutton (Academy Award winner for Triplets of Belleville,) Nothing But Sky is a comic book biopic, where we leap off the cliffs of artistry and love… and hope that we can fly.

Tinkers Workshop 2015 by The Only Animal, photo by Sophia Dagher


Tinkers is an adaptation of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Paul Harding. This new transcendentalist’s work features an intimate and dazzling relationship with the natural world, woven into a story of family karma.  The opening lines read, “George Washington Crosby began to hallucinate eight days before he died.”  Inside the hallucination, the house of this patriarch splits apart, spilling him into the wilderness.

Lord of the Flies Remix

2nd Story

Out On A Limb

Produced by The Only Animal with PHS Community Services. Out On A Limb.  Stories about growing up and growing older.

Community members relate coming of age and turning points in life. 

The Club by Kendra Fanconi from Theatre Yes' National Elevator Project

The Club

October 16-27, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta
Written by Kendra Fanconi. 
Produced by Theatre Yes' National Elevator Project along with 7 other new Canadian plays for elevators.
Commissioned by Magnetic North Theatre Festival. 

Cedar Board Game

Inspired by human-scale chess on the streets of New York and the Permaculture movement, Cedar Board Game is a free, live, interactive, collaborative event for twenty-five players at a time.  Cedar Board Game is a playful engagement with the natural environment that features the five senses and your own ingenuity. We provide the giant game board. You and your kids, family and friends are the ones who play.

OBSTRUCTIONS: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

As part of Progress Lab's Obstructions series, in which peers issue challenges to each of eleven member companies, The Only Animal responded to the following obstructions:

1.  Create a scene using an excerpt from the screenplay of "Forrest Gump" using no more and no fewer words than in the excerpt...
2.  Using only what Kendra Fanconi, Eric Rhys Miller and Colin Cooper can carry in one trip...
3. On a set revealed 40 minutes before the performance when the doors open to the audience!

We created a strangely affecting, fairly bizarre portrait of American extremism using found text, the characters and staging from "Forrest Gump" and a whole lot of Crazy Ideas (realized with the help of some beautiful friends)


The Only Animal creates cultivates and inspires theatre work that arises from a deep engagement with place.