Not your average theatre company

A Fringed-Out MUSE



One of the best things about doing devised theatre is that you get to re-envision and re-work the show from different angles. For the Fringe tour, we knew that our previous version of MUSE (which relied on video mapping) would not be possible due to the turn around time between shows, so we had the opportunity to tell the story in a new, fresh way. On top of that, a new addition to our cast (the lovely Darlene Arsenault replaces the beautiful Maureen Molyneaux)

               Natalia Hautala (left) and Darlene Arseneault (right)

provided a whole new perspective on the story and the character of Vicky, the guilt-ridden but effervescent nurse.  

This version turns up the fun factor and embraces all that the Fringe holds dear: laughter, audience involvement, moving storyline and a feel good ending. Don't miss this new version of MUSE!




Harbour City Theatre, 25 Victoria Road


Friday, Aug 15 @ 5:00 pm           Saturday, Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm


Sunday, Aug 17 @ 2:00 pm         Thursday, Aug 21 @ 8 pm


Friday, Aug 22 @ 9 pm                Saturday, Aug 23 @ 4 pm




Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island


Thursday, Sept 4 @ 7:00 pm       Tuesday, Sept 9 @ 5:00 pm


Saturday, Sept 6 @ 1:45 pm        Saturday, Sept 13 @ 6:30 pm


Sunday, Sept 7 @ 9:15 pm          Sunday, Sept 14 @ 2:45 pm




What People Are Saying About MUSE


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 Our audience members are speaking up about MUSE:


"Went to see "Muse" tonight directed by Barbra French and it was a fantastic piece of theatre!! If you are in Nanaimo and you can make it out this weekend, you should! I laughed and cried and was, frankly, super impressed with the quality of the show. One great piece of theatre. We are lucky to have Barbra here doing this kind of work."


"This was a beautiful piece of art…a titillating sensory experience inside a woman's head. I feel as though I took a part of Grace home with me that night. Open. Honest. Brave. I laughed. I cried. I sang! This is what theatre is about.”


“I thought Muse was a brave and beautifully crafted piece of original theatre. Very thought provoking with talented actors and a great sound and light design. The audience participation was magical.”


“The visuals are breathtaking, really amazing. Such a moving play.”


“This project really pushes the boundaries of conventional theatre and asks the audience to risk something with the actors - to feel and understand Grace's pain, happiness and overall state of mind. I cannot stress on how much I recommend you see this play, and take advantage of truly beautiful storytelling, acting, stage tech, and music. Thank you to everybody involved in MUSE for inspiring me tonight.”


“It has really stuck with me. Congratulations on an artistic success.”


“It is hard to put into words just how beautiful and unique Muse is...just go see it!”


“Had a refreshing theatre adventure at In Other Words Theatre's new play Muse-moving performances, haunting melodies-an amazing extrasensory experience..."


"Nanaimoites- do yourself a favour and go out and see live theatre. Nanaimo Centre Stage, In Other Words theatre company is currently presenting a new work, directed by Barbara French entitled MUSE. Simple, well played, grounded theatre. Playing this weekend and next. Go on, go out and play!"


There are still two more weekends to go: Oct 17-19 and 24-26. Have you got your tickets yet?

The Little Black Tote: Getting Naked for Art


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We're offering our Little Black Tote to all those who donate $25 or more. All proceeds go to our debut production of MUSE. Just click the donation button on the right. You can arrange to pick it up at the box office when you come to see the show, OR have it shipped right to your door. Just email Barbra with your preference. But hurry; there are only a few dozen left!

See the lovely Natalia Hautala sport one here:


Our fall debut is just around the corner! MUSE is a unique theatrical experience unlike anything Nanaimo has seen before.

Using video mapping, projection, live performance and interaction with the audience, the story reveals itself from inside the imagination of one of its characters. Abandoned and institutionalized for many years, Grace yearns to be left alone to follow her single remaining passion: making music in her head. Her new nurse, however, has an entirely different agenda, and must find a way to communicate with her mute charge and free herself from her own prison. MUSE is a feast for the eyes, ears, and the soul.

Preview: Wednesday, Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm
Shows:   Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays Oct 10 - 26 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets are $21 for adults and $15 for students (except for preview night, when tickets are $10) and will be available at:

or at the door.

And Our Winner Is....


Our Fringetastic contest is officially over. 

Congratulations Kotarah Rivere!  You will be enjoying 2 VIP passes to Nanaimo's Fringetastic festival! Huzzah!

Contest Quickie!


Our MUSE campaign is offering a WEEK LONG contest for 2 VIP FRINGETASTIC PASSES!

Anyone who donates before the deadline at midnight, August 12, 2013 will be entered in our draw to win these amazing passes valued at $90. But you have to hurry, because this contest will be gone in a flash!

For details, check out our campaign at


Our thanks to Fringetastic for their generous gift. Go and see the Fringe! For a peek at this year’s lineup:

 Help Us Make a Play (in more ways than one)


We are pleased as punch to announce that our Indiegogo campaign for MUSE is now live!  Check it out, make a donation (so easy now that Indiegogo accepts PayPal and Canadian credit cards), grab a Perk and share the link around.  This will be our debut production, so let’s make it happen! We are eager to show Nanaimo what we’re all about.  But we can’t do it without you, so please make a donation—big or small—if you can.


We’d love you to be a part of this creation process in other ways, as well.  Come to a fundraiser.  Volunteer. Get a group of people together and buys some tickets to the show.  Even better, once you’re in the audience you can actually help us create part of the show itself.  Right then and there.  Live.

What am I talking about?  MUSE takes place inside one of the character’s heads, and the audience serves as her imagination.  You will actually be creating a part of the play with her, so when I said we can’t do it without you, I meant it quite literally. Without your support and input, the play just can’t exist.

MUSE will be unlike anything most people have seen at the theatre before.  For more information as the creation process (before and during rehearsals) continues, check out the Creation Blogs under News & Reviews.  Thanks everyone!


 Audition Notice!


We are auditioning for our our upcoming creation and production of MUSE.  Check out the details here.



Thank you for stopping by our brand new website.  We’ll be adding content, news and updates as we go along these next few months, but for now, we hope you enjoy poking around to see who and what we’re all about.  Let us know if you have any questions, sign up for our newsletter (coming later this summer), offer to join our volunteer list or just say hi.  We’d love to hear from you at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In Other Words Theatre is a Nanaimo company that specializes in devised theatre, artistic collaboration and new ways of telling stories “in other words”. Using all forms of language (movement, light, sound, text, video, song, etc), we explore the nature of our modern human condition.



What is devised theatre? 

Devised theatre simply means that the show is created in rehearsal, rather than interpreted from a pre-existing script.  The process of devising is inherently spontaneous and responsive; the piece is created (or quite literally happens) moment by moment in the room as the artists explore whatever material or ideas they are using.  This is quite different from the standard playwright driven model, where a (normally) single person creates and shapes their vision of the play for others to interpret and reiterate later on.  Although this means that the rehearsal process for devised theatre is longer than it is with pre-scripted material, the contribution of many creative minds focused on the same project at the same time results in rich, multi-layered and engaging performances that you just don’t find on your average stage.


For more on how In Other Words Theatre uses a devised process, check out The Company, and the Creation Blog for each show as it is being built. 

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