Advanced Search

Advanced Search

A Tonic for Desperate Times ()

Produced by

Theatre Gargantua

Director: Jacquie PA Thomas

Written by the ensemble


St. Anne’s Parish Hall


November 3rd, 2021 – November 14th, 2021


Emerging from a global state of isolation and uncertainty, Gargantua presents a vital exploration of hope: A Tonic for Desperate Times.  This world premiere, two years in the making, investigates our instinct for optimism, and the surprising places hope can be found — in the fractal patterns of nature, the swing of a pendulum, the murmuration of starlings in flight.  Merging dynamic physical movement with sound and video installations, this live and in-person performance is at the forefront of Toronto’s return to theatres. (


Heather Marie Annis Performer
Sierra Haynes Performer
Alexandra Lainfiesta Performer
Michael Gordon Spence Performer
Nabil Traboulsi Performer

Creative Team

Jacquie PA Thomas Director
Michael Gordon Spence Dramaturge
Thomas Ryder Payne Composer (With the Ensemble)
A.W. Nadine Grant Costume Designer
Laird Macdonald Lighting Designer
Laird Macdonald Media Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Michael Gordon Spence Set Designer
Samira Banihashemi Assistant Lighting Designer
Jack Considine Assistant Media Designer
Sujania Uthaya Shanar Assistant Content & Animation Designer


Laura Baxter Stage Manager
Franco Pang Production Manager
Ashlyn Kusch Artistic Intern
Harrison Thomas Artistic Intern
Curtis Whittaker House Technician
Samira Banihashemi Head Lighting Technician