Read what the critics are saying about We Are the Body

May 7, 2015


Critical Acclaim for We Are the Body


“WE ARE THE BODY couldn’t be more relevant and unsettling.”

“McIver tears at the heartstrings.”

“Stephen Waldschmidt [directs] with such a creative hand.”

“Kooman’s writing is at its best… he gives his actors natural dialogue and authentic emotions.”

“McIver and Bratton… are so convincing in their multiple roles  it is as if there were seven not three people in the cast.”

– Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun

“Andrew Kooman’s [WE ARE THE BODY is a] thoughtful, harrowing drama.”

“It all has the ring of authentic truth to it… it feels real.”

“The cast… turn in powerful performances.”

“Pattengale… bestows a kind of spiritual ferocity in Elsie… Bratton’s Richard [is] a deeply spiritual man who seems determined not to give his captors the satisfaction of seeing him in anguish. As both Micah and the guard Petre, McIver delivers a strong, believable performance.”

– Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

“WE ARE THE BODY is a raw, challenging and inspiring exploration of a time in history which I believe is far too often overlooked.”

“Waldschmidt clearly has a way with actors – Bratton, McIver and Pattengale are all exceptional…. Pattengale, in particular, is outstanding.”

Playwright Andrew Kooman clearly knows how to pen a compelling script, complete with well-rounded characters and engaging, insightful storylines.”

“WE ARE THE BODY speaks loudly and clearly to virtually any audience, because the story is on many levels universal…. It’s a sobering reminder of how precious life is, but also how precious freedom is that ultimately enriches and injects purpose into our lives.”

– Mark Weber, Red Deer Express

“The lyrical, intense script delivered an emotion-packed evening of theatre.”

WE ARE THE BODY is a “cohesive and well-written play…. There are no filters here. The three prisoners deliver stark dialogue directly to the audience, making for some powerful moments.”

“Kooman is a talented playwright, whose sparse, visceral dialogue can make viewers think and also hit them in the gut.”

“The play contains tremendous performances by the three-actor cast: Pattengale, as a young woman whose memories of her fiance Ionel help her survive imprisonment, but also torment her; Bratton, as a Jewish Christian convert and pastor who tries to keep up the spirits of his fellow prisoners; and McIver in the dual roles of a prisoner who wavers in his faith and a sadistic prison guard.”

– Lana Michelin, Red Deer Advocate


Buy Tickets: 2015 World Premiere Tour

RED DEER, Alberta | MAY 5 – 9 
Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Avenue (map)

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CALGARY, Alberta | MAY 13 – 23
Pumphouse Theatres, 2140 Pumphouse Avenue SW (map)

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SASKATOON, Saskatchewan | MAY 26 – 31
Studio 914 Theatre, 914 20 Street West (map)

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7:30 PM nightly, 2 PM matinees | $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Call 1-800-838-3006 to reserve tickets by phone in advance.
AUDIENCE ADVISORY: This show is not suitable for children.




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