Festivals & Events


Introducing Ibsen, Hosted by University of Manitoba Professor Emeritus Christopher Johnson

Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00pm
Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library
251 Donald Street (2nd floor)

A man ahead of its time, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is celebrated worldwide for his groundbreaking body of work. Not to mention his truly impressive mutton chops. Professor Emeritus Chris Johnson talks about the legacy of this influential master playwright and offers insight into the plays featured in this year's festival.

Directors' Panel

Sunday, February 3 at 12:00pm
Tom Hendry Warehouse
140 Rupert Avenue (at Lily Street)

Join us for this lively panel facilitated by theatre director and educator Heidi Malazdrewich. The discussion will focus on representations of women in Ibsen's work and explore how contemporary directors are addressing themes of gender and feminism in local productions.

Directors: Heather Forgie (R-G Productions, Heroine Addiction), Krista Jackson (Royal MTC, A Doll's House. Part 2), Frances Koncan (Vault Projects, Hedda Reimagined), Jeff Madden (Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre, Ghosts), Brenda McLean (PTE Adult Company, Tete-a-Tetes), Eli Matilda Ridley (The Genuine Human Moment, When We Dead Awaken)

A Master Builder

Monday, February 4 at 6:30pm

Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library
251 Donald Street (2nd floor)

A successful egomaniacal architect, who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses, wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act. 

John Gabriel Borkman

Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00pm
101.5FM and umfm.com

On a cold winter's night, lingering tensions resurface and threaten to destroy a family. 


Presented by zone41 theatre
Sunday, February 10 at 7:00pm
Tom Hendry Warehouse
140 Rupert Avenue (at Lily Street)

This is a play about expectations; what we want and the friction that occurs when we want for those closest to us. It takes place on the day an extended family receive an Autism spectrum diagnosis for their son.

Henrik Ibsen In Our Time
BBC Radio 4

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great Norwegian playwright and poet, best known for his middle class tragedies such as The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler, A Doll's House and An Enemy of the People. These are set in a world where the middle class is dominant and explore the qualities of that life, its weaknesses and boundaries and the ways in which it takes away freedoms. It is the women who fare the worst in this society, something Ibsen explored in A Doll's House among others, a play that created a sensation with audiences shocked to watch a woman break free of her bourgeois family life to find her destiny. He gave actresses parts they had rarely had before, and audiences plays that, after Shakespeare, became the most performed in the world.