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What The Thunder Said

As a culture what have we learned from WWI?

What echoes and parallels persist a century later?

On the centenary of the First World War, the award-winning hometown One Yellow Rabbit Ensemble teams up with esteemed Canadian theatre artist, Peter Hinton – for the world premiere of What The Thunder Said.

This performance triptych examines the turbulent first quarter of the twentieth century. Using T.S. Eliot’s iconic poem, The Waste Land, for inspiration, language and illumination, the One Yellow Rabbit Ensemble examines lament, the struggle for hope and beauty amidst the damage in the aftermath of the First World War.

2015 Part of the 29th High Performance Rodeo, Big Secret Theatre, Calgary, Canada
Directed by Blake Brooker  •  Staged by Denise Clarke  •  Created by the One Yellow Rabbit Ensemble and Guest Artist Peter Hinton
Performed by Denise Clarke, Andy Curtis, Michael Green and Peter Hinton
Stage Managed by Michelle Kennedy  •  Sound Design by Dewi Wood  •  Technical Direction by Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie

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Peter Hinton

Peter Hinton is a nationally recognized director and playwright. He originally trained as an actor at Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto and returns to the stage after 30 years to be a guest artist with One Yellow Rabbit. Recently, he has been working with The Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake, directing Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling, Oscar Wilde's, Lady Windermere's Fan, Kander and Ebb's, Cabaret, (choreographed by Denise Clarke) and in 2015, he will be directing a modernized revival of George Bernard Shaw's, Pygmalion. Peter was Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada's National Arts Centre from 2005-2012, and was an Artist in Residence at The Stratford Festival of Canada, from 2002 - 2008. His trilogy The Swanne was produced at Stratford in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and he is currently working on a new stage adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for the Shaw and a play based on the life of British avant-garde poet and modernist Edith Sitwell for posterity. Peter was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009 and his current motto is from Tom Stoppard's, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, "We're actors... we're the opposite of people."

Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is a director, writer, and producer from Edmonton. Favourite directing credits: Shangri-La (Globe Theatre), Trout Stanley, Apocalypse: A Period Piece, PornStar.USA (Edmonton International Fringe Festival), Coffee Dad, Chicken Mom and the Fabulous Buddha Boi in both Edmonton and New York. She has been nominated for four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards and won one for Outstanding Fringe Production. Michelle holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Drama from the University of Alberta.


Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie

Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie thrives in her role as OYR’s Technical Director. She graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 2010 and returned to Calgary. She worked as a freelance technician and lighting designer until she found her place with the Rabbits.

When Nicole isn't backstage dressed in black she can be found playing roller derby with the Thrashin' Lassies under the pseudonym 0phelia Payne.

Dewi Wood

A native Calgarian, Dewi Wood’s original music scores and sound design have been heard worldwide. Selected theatre credits: Around The World In 80 Days, The Apology, Unity 1918 (ATP) Class Acts, Losing Ground (Alberta Ballet) Rhythm Addiction, No Small Feets (DJD) Krapps Last Tape, Mockingbird Close, Whimsy State (Lunchbox) In The Heat Of The Night, Farewell, My Lovely (Vertigo Theatre) What The Thunder Said (One Yellow Rabbit)

Clients: NASA, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Dell, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Critical Mass, Travel Alberta, Ashes & Snow, Bravo!, NFB, CBC, E=MC2 Events

Screenings: The Lincoln Center, MOMA, Sundance Film Festival, TIFF, CIFF, Vancouver 2010.

Dewi works from his own award-winning boutique music and recording studio, Infinite Loop, visit www.infiniteloop.com