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speaking of sneaking ()

Produced by

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Groundwork Redux and Obsidian Theatre Company

Creator: daniel jelani ellis
Director: d’bi.young anitafrika


September 19th, 2023 – October 1st, 2023


Ginnal is sure like never before: he must make it to Foreign. When he meets a Spider who sets him on the journey, Ginnal faces the cost of freedom.

Inspired by experiences of growing up queer in Jamaica and finding home in Canada, speaking of sneaking is a multidisciplinary mash-up of dance, poetry, and pantomime, where the archetypal Jamaican Ginnal and the mythical African Anansi meet. (


daniel jelani ellis Performer

Creative Team

daniel jelani ellis Creator
d’bi.young anitafrika Director
d’bi.young anitafrika Dramaturge
Jaz Fairy J Choreographer
Rachel Forbes Set Designer
Rachel Forbes Costume Designer
André Du Toit Lighting Designer
Stephon Smith Sound Designer


daniel jelani ellis Producer
Lexi Sproule Stage Manager
Micha Edwards Artistic Associate
Chantelle Zoelene Laliberte Head of Wardrobe
Rebecca Vandevelde Production Manager
Conrad McLaren Technical Director
Kit Norman Head Technician
Darren Shaen Head Technician
Van Ward Head Technician
Amber Pattison Head Technician
Diamond Srey Audio Technician
Diamond Srey Qlab Programmer
El Patey Install & Strike Crew
Matt Armour Install & Strike Crew
Mike Dowdall Install & Strike Crew
Zev Shoag Install & Strike Crew
Nate Gurarie Install & Strike Crew
Katherine Teed-Arthur Install & Strike Crew