Recent Productions

Escaped Alone

Clare Coulter in Escaped Alone


By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Jennifer  Tarver
A Co-production with Soulpepper Theatre
Oct 28 – Nov 25, 2018

Young Centre for the Performing Arts



TERESA PRZBYLSKI, Set & Costume Designer
KIM PURTELL, Lighting Consultant
JENNIFER LENNON, Lighting Designer
VERNE GOOD, Sound Designer
KELLY MCEVENUE, Alexander Coach

The central production of Necessary Angel’s 40th anniversary season, is the Canadian Premiere of the legendary Caryl Churchill’s devastating work Escaped Alone.

At a series of garden gatherings, the intimate lives and histories of 4 women, longtime friends, are unearthed with dark humour and heart ache.  A foreboding message from a mysterious outsider, laced with surreal images of an unfathomable future, seeps into the gathering, testing their love for life and each other.

Necessary Angel along with Soulpepper has assembled an all-female team - from playwright, director and actors, to stage management, crew and designers - to produce this extraordinary and prescient work.

Why Escaped Alone?

Escaped Alone is at the center of Necessary Angel’s work this year. At the threshold of 40 years, we have pivoted towards voices that have been buried, silenced or lost. 

Messages from women, young people, and the desperate voice of the planet we inhabit – as each of these voices rings out starts, we are attempting imagine that point where they emerge – often from within, as an elusive first signal, felt or imagined long before it is heard. 

For us, Escaped Alone, is a prescient message embedded in the form of a play rather than ‘a play with a message’. This subtle differentiation is key to illuminating how we as a society become aware of our inner voices - sometimes the first elusive signals of impending disaster. 

Voiced by four women over 70, Escaped Alone reveals a poetic and devastating image of our planet, that may be closer than we think.


  1. Necessary Angel’s participation in this co-production has made possible through the f support of: Ms. Sandra Simpson

  2. Additional support has been provided by: The Elizabeth and Tony Comper Foundation.

  3. Escaped Alone premieres in Canada, under licence from Samuel French

A Co Production with:
Soulpepper Theatre




Past Projects in Development

Law of Detachment

A New Project in Development by Necessary Angel

A Hybrid creation by Choreographer Susanna Hood and Theatre Director Jennifer Tarver.

Developed with contributions from Rob Clutton, David Jansen and Germaine Liu. (2018 onwards)

Law of Detachment’ is the latest initiative in Necessary Angels storied history of using an open-ended but intensive development process to create powerful and profound new works. 

The project is being conceived by choreographer Susanna Hood with NA Artistic Director Jennifer Tarver together with percussionist/composer Germaine Liu, bassist Rob Clutton and dramaturge/performer David Jansen.

Work on ‘Law of Detachment’ began with meetings between Jennifer and Susanna, both were inspired by their personal experiences as two mid-career artists encountering the anxiety inherent in the creative process:  the way one must inevitably pass through a charged membrane of "not-knowing", even after many years of experience, to shape into existence what is silently waiting to be discovered. 

This experience correlates to the passage from sleep to waking, and in various mythologies, from one life to another - the plight of souls that must cross or drink from a river of forgetfulness in order to shed their knowledge of one life and enter the next.

The project’s process of exploration will dissect existing artistic forms: structures of music, dance and theatrical texts in a quest to discover the how these frameworks enable deep emotion and even chaos to reside within. 

With the inclusion of David Jansen, Germaine Liu and Rob Clutton - each specialists in improvisation in their fields – Law of Detachment explore the relationship between improvisation and set compositions, and construct a physical and sonic map of a passage between two worlds - the threshold between the known and the unknown.  


1.    Law of Detachment is currently being development in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Drama, who have generously provided space to incubate the project as well as a connection to students and faculty members who are forming a brain trust for the project.

2.    Financial support for the development of Law of Detachment has been provided by:

Ms. Florence Minz

KM HUNTER Foundation


Past Productions

Photo by The Theatre Centre

Photo by The Theatre Centre

A Co-production of Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Electric Company Theatre & The Theatre Centre

Created and Performed By: Daniel Brooks and Kim Collier
Consulting Director and Dramaturg: Jennifer Tarver
Composition and Sound Design: Andrew Creeggan
Additional Composition and Sound: Debashis Sinha
Scenographer: Ken Mackenzie
Assistant Set & Costume Designer: Lindsay Dagger Junkin
Associate Lighting Designer: Jennifer Lennon
Stage Manager: Michelle Galuszka
Creative Assistant: Lucy McNulty

The Theatre Centre, Toronto
April 25 - May 6, 2018

The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby
May 22 - May 26, 2018

Progress Lab 1422, Vancouver
May 31 - June 2, 2018

Photo by Stephen O'connell

Photo by Stephen O'connell

Co-produced by Necessary Angel & bluemouth inc.
Originally conceived by bluemouth inc.

Created by bluemouth inc. and Jennifer Tarver
Directed by Jennifer Tarver

Featuring performances by:
Susanna Hood
Stephen O'Connell
Lucy Simic
Dan Wild

Sound Design by Richard Windeyer
Lighting Design by Patrick Lavender
Set & costume design by Andjelija Djuric
Stage manager Lisa Humber

August 8 - 20, 2017
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Traverse at the Wee Red Bar

Photo by Michael Cooper

Photo by Michael Cooper

A world premiere by Greg MarArthur
Directed by Jennifer Tarver

Featuring performances by:
Amy Keating
David Patrick Flemming
Justin Goodhand
Cole J. Avis.

Set and Costume Design by Andjelija Djuric
Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack
Sound Design by  Lyon Smith

March 16, 2017 - April 2, 2017
Artscape Sandbox


Photo by Michel Mersereau & Jeremy Mimnagh

Photo by Michel Mersereau & Jeremy Mimnagh

Presented by Necessary Angel, bluemouth inc., and PANAMANIA presented by CIBC.

Written by Jordan Tannahill with bluemouth inc.
Directed by Jennifer Tarver

Featuring performances by: 
Ciara Adams
Stephen O'Connell
Lucy Simic
Richard Windeyer
Gabi Charron-Merritt

Design by Andjelija Djuric & Patrick Lavender
Stage manager Lisa Humber
Asst. Stage Manager Emilie Aubin

July 13-24, 2015
Toronto Island

A Necessary Angel Production presented by Canadian Stage.

Written by Henrik Ibsen
A new adaptation by Jon Robin Baitz
From a literal translation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey
Directed by Jennifer Tarver

Featuring performances by:
Aviva Armour-Ostroff
Frank Cox-O'Connell
Steve Cumyn
Hailey Gillis
Kate Hennig
Christopher Morris
Cara Ricketts

Set & Costume Design by Teresa Przybylski
Lighting Design by Kimberly Purtell
Music & Sound Design by E.C. Woodley
Stage Manager: Nancy Dryden
Apprentice Stage Manager: Sam Hale

January 12 - February 7, 2016
Berkeley Street Theatre, Downstairs

Featuring short plays by Samuel Beckett
Directed by Jennifer Tarver
Musical Direction by Dáirine Ní Mheadhra

Featuring performances by:
Jonathon Young
Krisztina Szabó
Shannon Mercer
Paul Fauteux

October 11 - November 6  
Berkeley Street Theatre