October 23 - October 27, 2018, Big Secret Theatre 

Inner Elder

*photo credit: Ben Laird from One Yellow Rabbit and Lunchbox Theatre's co-production of Inner Elder as part of the 32nd annual High Performance Rodeo  website

 “… A master storyteller. She has a compelling story to tell, but it’s the elegant, sly way she weaves it that makes Inner Elder such a treat.”  – The Calgary Herald


A new solo show created and performed by award-winning Calgary actress, Michelle Thrush.


Inner Elder was first brought to stage as part of the 2018 line-up for One Yellow Rabbit's 32nd annual High Performance Rodeo.  During this two week run at Lunchbox Theatre audiences of all backgrounds witnessed this powerful story of truth filled with humanity – and an Indigenous comedic twist.

This 60-minute performance takes audiences on a roller coaster journey of laughter and transformation told through real-life memories.  Through storytelling, Michelle candidly shares her experiences of growing up in a city as a young brown girl navigating a world of alcoholic adults, aliens, and the spiritual presence of her guiding grandmothers.

Watch in wonder as Michelle seamlessly transforms from a curious child into a mischievous spry old woman that holds nothing back.  Once this magical transformation begins there is no stopping this inner elder as she captivates audiences.

Inner Elder offers a heightened experience in the theatre and an extraordinary vision of our world, urging viewers to examine their own definitions of compassion and truth.

Created and performed by multi-award-winning performer Michelle Thrush, Inner Elder takes audiences back to Thrush’s childhood in 1970’s Calgary. Through laughter and real-life memories, Thrush explores her own inner elder. This award-winning production offers its audience a heightened experience in the theatre and an extraordinary vision of our world. 

Written and performed by Michelle Thrush  •  Directed by Karen Hines  •  Produced by Grant Burns  •  Lighting and set design by Sandi Somers  •  Sound design by Sandy Scofield

Ensemble Artists

Michelle Thrush

Karen Hines