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Out 2015-2016 Speaking Out/Speaking In season is now finished!

Check us out later in the summer for details about our lineup of new and exciting storytelling shows for 2016-2017!



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Tuesday, JUNE 28

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Speaking Out
Speaking In

Ottawa StoryTellers's Speaking Out/Speaking In season of shows at the NAC's 4th Stage is now over. 

In September of 2016 we will launch a new season of shows. In 2016-2017, our shows will be staged in a number of venues around Ottawa:

Academic Hall at the University of Ottawa

Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue

The National Arts Centre's Back Stage

Check us out in August of 2016 for more details!

When: All shows will start at 7:30 pm. 

Cost: Prices will vary according to the venue. 



December 17, 2015: A Winter Tale, The Journey of the Blind Harper

Blinded by smallpox at the age of eighteen, Turlough O’Carolan, 1670-1738, lived his life on the road as an itinerant musician in 18th Century Ireland. A lad reported to be of scant musical talent, O’Carolan rose to fame as one of the most popular composers of his generation. Tellers Kim Kilpatrick and Emily Pearlman with harpist Lucile Brais Hildesheim unravel the mystery behind this miraculous musical tale – just in time for Christmas. 

January 21, 2016:  The Wizard & The Dragon

Legendary King Arthur and his mentor the wizard Merlin still cast an enduring spell. Drawing on the original texts of Geoffrey of Monmouth, 1100 to 1155, and Lord Tennyson, The Idylls of the King, Nicole Lavigne and Marie Bilodeau, accompanied by the eclectic musical talents of Jason Sonier, journey into this tale of darkness versus light to explore the role of prophecy and fate in the lives of these two fascinating mythic figures. Let the enchantment begin! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016: Living Titanic

Rosalee Peppard’s is a Canadian Women's Musical Oral Historian whose musical memoir is the story of the elegant Hilda Mary Slayter, a dreaming bride-to-be whose life is abruptly altered when she feels the terrifying ‘bump’ of the great ocean liner Titanic colliding with fate in the North Atlantic. Moments later, Slayter is adrift amid icebergs facing the greatest test of character, the fear of death. An unforgettable tale of survival from the diaries of a famous Haligonian who escaped one of history’s most famous marine disasters. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016: Voice of the Seanchai with Mike Burns

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a true bearer of the “old Lore”, as storyteller Mike Burns returns to the 4th Stage with his distinctive and haunting style of tales from the Gaeltacht, the Irish-speaking areas of Ireland. Part storytelling, part incantation, an evening listening to Mike’s stories is an experience to be celebrated and treasured. 

I have been telling stories for nigh on fifty years, and I have the feeling I may yet come to be good at it. A friend once said my storytelling threw him back to the Paleolithic cave paintings of France. Lord knows how old that is. May my stories live twice as long into the future. I have always especially loved shape shifting and transformational stories. They speak to me of how magical and mutable this world is, full of strange possibilities. I got a lazy start, not having to leave the fireplace in my father’s house to hear stories and ‘seanchas”.

Thursday, April 21, 2016: How to Make Love in a Canoe, 2

The quintessential experience of camping in Canada’s great outdoors becomes a metaphor for relationships between couples, and within a family spanning generations. Teller Jeff Wright offers a selection of all new tales tracking the ups, and upsets, of love in the great outdoors. Paddles at the ready - prepare to be entertained! NAC's 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, 7:30 pm.

Thursday, May 19, 2016: Turn Your Radio On, Gospel music in story & song

Dipping into the emotional and cultural stream of the Gospel tradition, Marva K. Blackmore tells the stories behind the music that inspired the Christian faithful during the golden age of radio. With baritone Brian Lecky and musician David R. Miller, Marva brings these tales to life through compelling stories, music and song. It’s “No Secret”, these stories will have you “Crying in the Chapel” and calling down that “Amazing Grace”! NAC's 4th Stage, 53 Elgin Street, Ottawa, 7:30 pm. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016:  The Final Hour & Firewomen

How do you journey to the end of life with someone you love? Poignant and moving, Leigh-Anne Kehler’s story of her father’s precious time in palliative care will stir the heart. The Final Hour will be presented with Leigh-Anne’s Firewomen, an eclectic mix of folktales from around the world celebrating the strength of women throughout the ages. Part comedy, part drama, we promise you’ll find this evening of terrific tales wholly inspirational.