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You Should Have Stayed Home ()

Produced by

Praxis Theatre and The Original Norwegian

Playwright: Tommy Taylor
Director: Michael Wheeler


Aki Studio


October 17th, 2013 – October 26th, 2013

Awards & Nominations

RBC Arts Professional Award – SummerWorks, 2011


You Should Have Stayed Home (aka#G20Romp) is a play about Tommy Taylor’s experience over 48 hours at the 2010 G20 weekend in Toronto. While trying to return home from his first ever protest as a law-abiding citizen at the “Free Speech Zone” at Queen’s Park, Taylor was swept up in a mass arrest, caged with 40 other people in a ten foot by twenty foot cage and denied drinking water until he passed out from dehydration.

The play is an adaptation of Tommy’s Facebook note,  How I Got Arrested and Abused at G20 in Toronto. The note went viral and has been translated into seven languages and appeared in twenty-one countries – a detailed, frightening and often funny account of the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Tommy’s story has been covered by national and international media, including a Gemini-nominated CBC documentary named after the production. (


Tommy Taylor Performer

Creative Team

Tommy Taylor Playwright
Michael Wheeler Director
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Scott Penner Set Designer
Kimberly Purtell Lighting Designer
Julian DeZotti Dramaturg (SummerWorks 2011)
Jody Hewston Projection Illustrator


Aislinn Rose Producer
Rebecca Vandevelde Stage Manager
Scott Dermody Participant Coordinator
Scott Dermody Assistant Producer