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Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools ()

Produced by

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille

Creator: Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Erin Brubacher and Elysha Poirier
Playwrights: Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Director: Erin Brubacher


The Alexander Street Chamber Theatre


October 24th, 2017 – November 5th, 2017


A concert and a conversation, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is the meeting place of two people, and the North and South of our country. Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry met on an Arctic expedition from Iqaluit to Greenland. Now sharing a stage, these two powerful storytellers map new territory together in a work that gives voice and body to the histories, culture, and climate we’ve inherited, and asks how we reckon with these sharp tools.

In the Inuktitut language, when a knife is dull, it is said to “have no face”. The word “Kiinalik” translates to mean the knife is sharp – or, “it has a face”. Embodying the stories of their heritage, Evalyn and Laakkuluk put a face to the colonial histories, power structures and the changing climate that lie between them. (


Evalyn Parry Performer
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory Performer

Creative Team

Evalyn Parry Creator
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory Creator
Erin Brubacher Creator
Elysha Poirier Creator
Evalyn Parry Playwright
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory Playwright
Erin Brubacher Director
Elysha Poirier Live Video
Rebecca Picherack Lighting Designer
Kaitlin Hickey Set Designer
Aleda Deroche Sound Consultant


Cris Derksen Cello and Live Music


Christina Cicko Stage Manager
Nicole Camphaug Seal Skin Shoes
Mattea Kennedy Painter
Ellie Arscott Painter
Matthew Nuqingaq Jewelry


Charissa Wilcox Head of Production
Adrien Whan Technical Director
Suzie Balogh Chamber Technician