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The Shape of Home – Songs in Search of Al Purdy ()

Produced by

Festival Players

Presented by

Crow’s Theatre

Creators: Frank Cox-O’Connell and Beau Dixon and Hailey Gillis and Marni Jackson and Raha Javanfar and Andrew Penner
Director: Frank Cox-O’Connell


Streetcar Crowsnest – The Scotiabank Community Studio


September 11th, 2022 – September 25th, 2022


THE SHAPE OF HOME, SONGS IN SEARCH OF AL PURDY is an original, theatrical, song cycle that beautifully conjures the poetry and letters of one of Canada’s most legendary artists. A musical investigation into the life and work of Canada’s unofficial poet laureate, THE SHAPE OF HOME honours Purdy’s quest to live life fully, to love deeply, and to challenge actively. (


Frank Cox-O’Connell Performer
Beau Dixon Performer
Hailey Gillis Performer
Raha Javanfar Performer
Andrew Penner Performer
Andrew Penner Performer
Emily Schultz Swing

Creative Team

Frank Cox-O’Connell Creator
Beau Dixon Creator
Hailey Gillis Creator
Marni Jackson Creator
Raha Javanfar Creator
Andrew Penner Creator
Frank Cox-O’Connell Director
Steve Lucas Set Designer
Noah Feaver Lighting Designer
Lindsay R. Forde Costume Designer
Steafan Hanningan Sound Designer
Dylan Trowbridge Dramaturge


Tamara Vuckovic Stage Manager


Kristen Leboeuf Production Manager (Festival Players)
LJ Savage Production Manager (Crow's Theatre)
Shireen Norouzi Interim Technical Director (Crow's Theatre)
Zachery White Studio House Technician
Alex Grozdanis Technical Assistant