Within and outside of Western are plays of all kinds--thought-provoking and emotive, shocking and tantalizing, heartwarming and humorous. No matter the kind, someone from our theatre critic committee will be there in the audience, taking note. Discover some of the best of London’s theatre by staying tuned to our theatre reviews, published here and on our social media. Better yet, join our committee and get some critic practice and publishing experience of your own! Connect with our Theatre Critic Commissioner Shannon Scott (featured to the left) at sscot52@uwo.ca for more details.

Indigenous Theatre Deserves a Place On the Big Stage: A Review of Honour Beat at the Grand Theatre

Honour Beat, directed by Valerie Planche, is a story that challenges colonialism and sheds light on the topic of death within a family. The play is written by Tara Beagan, an Indigenous playwright, who is passionate about bringing the work of Indigenous artists to the stage. She uses her identity as a person of Ntlaka’pamux and Irish Canadian heritage to bring important topics to the Grand stage. The story itself is both comedic and heavy as it follows two sisters, Anna-Rae (Andrea Mendard) and Rae-Anna (Tracey Nepinak), as they watch over their mother (Tai Grauman) before her death. Anna-Rae has the ability to communicate to a younger version of her mother and is responsible for passing her

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