Announcing PlaySmelter 2018

March 26, 2018

Tickets Now on Sale for PlaySmelter 2018

New Work Theatre Festival Sudbury, ON

Devising the Collaborative Imagination


Tickets are now available for PlaySmelter 2018, Sudbury’s annual week-long festival
of new theatre work. In its sixth and most ambitious year yet, the festival will be presenting main stage performances, workshop productions, staged readings and conversations. All events will take place April 30 – May 5 at the Sudbury Theatre Centre, 170 Shaughnessy Street.

The Yellow Wallpaper

Sparrows Over Slag

“This year’s festival offers our most diverse programming yet,” says Artistic Director Lisa O’Connell. “We’re bringing world-class theatre creators from all across Canada and Europe to Sudbury to work alongside artists in our community. As always, it is the hands-on experience we offer local artists and audiences to dive in and be part of the process that remains the heart of PlaySmelter.”

Parmi Les Éclats – English Translation

Storytold Strikes

This year’s PlaySmelter brings Eric Rose, Artistic Director of Ghost River Theatre in Calgary, back to his hometown for the first time in fifteen years to explore his new piece, STRUCK, an electric solo-character play about his experiences being struck by lightning while living in Sudbury. Visiting for the first time from Whitehorse, Yukon, will be Gwaandak Theatre with their mesmerizing performance of Paradise by award-winning playwright Patti Flather. Accompanying these main stage presentations will be collaborations with YES Theatre on a workshop of a new musical and Le TNO on an English translation of Miriam Cusson’s Parmi les éclats, hot off a recent local production in
French. Rounding out the programming will be staged readings of three new plays by local writers and a host of invigorating conversations with national and international artists on the realities of creating theatre in the North.


Burt Northburn

Individual and all-access tickets, as well as the full festival program are available at Only a limited amount of “All-In” Festival Passes will be available for $85. This level includes all 4 main stage performances, 3 staged readings and a special secret for Festival Pass holders on the closing night of the festival.

The Nickel Notes of Thomas Alva Edison

The PlaySmelter Festival is made possible by the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, City of Greater Sudbury and Canadian Heritage. PlaySmelter is produced by Pat the Dog Theatre Creation ( PTD is dedicated to the support and advocacy of playwrights and their plays, and is the only playwright creation centre in Ontario open to both established and emerging artists.

Canada Council for the Arts – Information Session

Media Contact:
Lisa O’Connell / 519-500-3871/