Spirit Horse – About the Play


SYNOPSIS: Spirit Horse is a powerful story that chronicles an incredible adventure involving two urban First Nations children. Angelina and Jesse’s lives are changed forever when their grandfather, who lives by the old ways on a prairies reserve, brings them a horse that has mysteriously appeared to him. The children feel an incredible bond to this majestic animal which links the girls and their dad to their Stoney Nation heritage. Is new hope and healing possible for a troubled single parent family caught between two worlds? A highly theatrical and imaginative story in which three actors play over sixty five characters, accompanied by a live musician.*

Photo by Ali Sultani, from the Roseneath Theatre 2016 production of Spirit Horse (L-R: Cameron Johnston, Brianne Tucker, Lisa Nasson)

Grades 4-8

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, Drama, Language Arts, Music
Character Education Connections: Perseverance, Fairness, Teamwork
Themes: Indigenous Culture, Racism, Bullying, Storytelling

Touring Canadian Schools: April 3rd – May 25th, 2018

Online: booking form
By phone: 416-686-5199 x223
By email: education@roseneath.ca

School performances include a talkback session with the artists. No deposit required at time of booking.


*Spirit Horse premiered at Toronto’s Luminato Festival in 2007. There have been three Ontario tours and one American tour of this production including a Northern Ontario tour supported by ETFO and OECTA. Roseneath Theatre began developing Spirit Horse in 2005. The script is based on an Irish play Tir Na N’Og, one of Britain’s most successful children’s plays written by Greg Banks. Roseneath asked First Nations playwright Drew Hayden Taylor to write a Canadian adaptation. Greg Banks was invited to come and direct the Canadian premier production.

Spirit Horse is a Native American adaptation by First Nations playwright Drew Hayden Taylor
from the Irish play Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks, directed by Greg Banks, costume designed by Robin Fisher, set & lighting designed by Glenn Davidson, and music composed by Anne Lederman.