We have two shows for schools this fall! REDFISH: a comedy about depression is on tour in October and November. WHERE POPPIES BLOW, about a child’s experience of World War One in Halifax, is being presented in partnership with Pier 2, November 8 – 13!


    Current Performance

  • Where Poppies Blow

    In time for Remembrance Day, Where Poppies Blow by Hannah Moscovitch, allows young people to enter into the daily life of ordinary people during the First World War in Halifax.

    Gus’s older brother Eddy is away, fighting at the Front. The play unfolds over a day in Gus’s life, beginning at his home at breakfast time and moving from there to the Ladies Knitting Regiment, on to the Military Hospital and finally ending at his school, where he receives the news that his brother has died. Gus’s journey resonates on many levels. His physical journey through the day and through the town mirrors Gus’s emotional journey toward an understanding of the pain that war brings.

    Pier 21 and HTYP are partnering to create a fascinating historical learning experience for students.

    November 8-9     10:00 AM & 1:00 PM

    November 10      10:00 AM

    November 12      1:00 PM

    Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

    Suitable for Grades 3 – 6

    Cost $8/ student

    Where Poppies Blow relates to Social Studies and English Language Arts curriculum outcomes, including:

    Social Studies

    * demonstrate an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the origins, functions, and sources of power, authority, and governance

    * demonstrate an understanding of culture, diversity, and world view

    * demonstrate an understanding of the past and how it affects the present and future

    * examine the importance of language, literature, and theatre arts as expressions of culture

    English Language Arts

    * speak and listen to explore, clarify, extend, and reflect on their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences

    * communicate information and ideas effectively and clearly, and to respond personally and critically

    * interact with sensitivity and respect, considering the situation, audience, and purpose

    * use writing and other forms of representation to explore, clarify, and reflect on their thoughts, feelings, experiences,and learnings; and to use their imaginations

    For more information and for bookings: learn@pier21.ca or halifaxtheatreforyoungpeople@gmail.com

  • Red Fish

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    A Comedy About Depression

    Liz and Ethan are navigating the pitfalls of being a teenager in 2016, while dealing with their own depression and anxiety. Along the way they meet the Superhero Red Fish who claims he’s only here to help them… but what happens when our innermost voice becomes our worst enemy?

    Touring to schools:
    October 3 – 7
    November 21 – 25

    Cost $500/show or $850/2 shows

    To book or for more info: http://performns.ca or


     Redfish relates to the following Healthy Living curriculum outcomes:

    * distinguish between positive and negative peer influence and acquire skills for resisting/asserting oneself in negative peer influence

    * examine the role of bystander in cases where a peer/friend is experiencing emotional, physical, psychological harm

    * analyze their health needs in times of change and apply strategies that enhance their capacity to manage change in their lives

    * identify healthy and unhealthy relationships and demonstrate assertiveness skills to communicate thoughts and feelings within primary relationships

    * demonstrate positive self-identity that effectively enables them to manage their health, relationships, and interactions with the world

    * recognize the warning signs of depressive disorders and the importance of seeking help for these disorders

    * think critically and make informed decisions to enhance health of self, those around oneself, and within a global context

    * demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills that facilitate positive relationships between themselves and the world

    * critically analyze industry’s impact on body image

    * recognize the impact that substance use can have on mental health issues, including depression and anxiety

Participation Guide

In order to create the fullest experience possible for your students, we offer participation packages, which will be sent electronically to each teacher bringing students to the performance. These participation packages include guidelines for attending theatre, which will help your students know what is expected of them. 
They also include discussion points to introduce the play to students before attending the performance, and to explore the themes in the play with students after they see it. Suggested activities include both visual art explorations and exercises using forms of drama.

Post-Show Discussions

Performances will be followed by talk-back sessions with the actors and members of the design team, which will allow students to explore questions about the play and about theatre that interest them.
For more information: 
Contact Halifax Theatre for Young People at halifaxtheatreforyoungpeople@gmail.com