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 John Packman, from the Roseneath Theatre 2015 production of Spirit Horse (L-R: Timothy L. Hill, Dakota Hebert, Brianne Tucker, Alex Lamoureux)

Grades 4-8

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

October 18 – 28, 2016 Toronto (presented by Young Peoples Theatre)
October 31 – November 18, 2016  Northern Ontario school tour
November 21 – 26, 2016  Ottawa school tour (presented by MASC)

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. It’s 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, featuring Lisa Nasson, Brianne Tucker, & Cameron Johnston, music by Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuk, stage managed by Meghan Speakman, directed by Greg Banks, costume designed by Robin Fisher, set & lighting designed by Glenn Davidson, and music composed by Anne Lederman.