MTL Fringe 2018: Canis Tempus and John Abbott Theatre co-present “Find Me”, a provocative play on mental illness

Featured 2018 St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival Production

Photo Credit: (Canis Tempu & Samara O’Gorman)

No one can deal with Verity Taylor. Locked up in a geriatric ward of a mental hospital, twenty-year old Verity sets a chair on fire and is moved to a maximum security hospital for the rest of her life. How she gets there—from her frustrated family at a loss to know what to do to the British care system that fails them all—is told in a remarkably theatrical manner.

Canis Tempus returns to the Montreal Fringe and teams up with the Theatre Department at John Abbott College to present Olwen Wymark’s Find Me, a highly theatrical and provocative play on the limitations of the health system to deal with the mental illness of a young woman. This co-production, directed by Andrew Cuk, artistic director of Canis Tempus and faculty member at John Abbott, is presented from June 7-17, 2018 at the M.A.I. theatre.

Photo Credit: (Canis Tempu & Samara O’Gorman)


Canis Tempus was founded in 2005. “Our work combines text, both as story and pure sound, with a stylized, physical movement vocabulary and visual design. We incorporate gesture and movement along with mask work. The result is a rich, entertaining and culturally significant theatrical endeavour with a unique approach.”

The Professional Theatre Program at Cégep John Abbott College teaches students the essential skills required to work in today’s theatre industry as well as associated careers in television, cinema, video and mixed media. Students train for three years in acting, design or technical production. Our faculty are active theatre professionals in both the practical and academic worlds.


Olwen Wymark (1932-2013) was an American playwright who spent most of her professional life living and writing in England. Find Me is her best known play and is used in the A- levels curriculum. In recognition of her work and influence, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain established the yearly Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards in 2005. “She had a busy, successful life and was very much loved by everyone who knew her. She was a good mother and as a teacher, a lot of people benefited from meeting her.” – Jane Wymark, daughter and Midsomer Murders actor


“Wymark’s Find Me is the kind of work that can only be done in live theatre. Its use of multiple actors changing roles, jumping back and forth in time, and suggestion to indicate ‘things’ is exactly what theatre does best. It’s captivating.” – Andrew Cuk, Artistic Director of Canis Tempus. Originally from New York City, Andy is a writer, director, actor and teacher, and has worked throughout North America and Europe. He is the founder of Canis Tempus and is on the theatre faculty of John Abbott College.

“Cuk’s ambitious, multilingual abstraction of the Quixote legend is a disjointed affair combining movement, effects, masks and music … one has to admire the freedom the company felt in trying everything as they explored the possibilities of the iconic story.” – Neil Boyce on Quixote.

Barbara Ford calls Andrew Cuk, “a classic innovator.”

The 2018 St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival presents
“Find Me”

A Canis Tempus / John Abbott College Theatre Department Co-Production
Directed by Andrew Cuk
Sets & Lighting by Peter Vatsis
Costumes by Nadia Rowsell
Stage Manager: Nathan McConnell
Featuring: Adrian Cheifetz-Broca, Matthew Crandall, Molly Prangley Desormeaux, Lynnette Khodabakhshi, Fiona Larnder-Besner, Melanie MacDonald, Samara O’Gorman, Hicham Zakaria

Venue: MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne-Mance, Montreal

Show times:
Thursday, June 7 @ 19:45
Saturday, June 9 @ 14:45
Sunday, June 10 @ 22:30
Tuesday, June 12 @ 18:00
Thursday, June 14 @ 20:00
Sunday, June 17 @ 12:45

Admission: $10 (General) | $9 (QDF Members)

Language: English | Run time: 75 | Latecomers: 5 minutes

Tickets and Info: 514 849-FEST
Twitter & Instagram: @findmemtlfringe #findmemtlfringe

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