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Pawâkan Macbeth

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February 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on February 7, 2020 at 8:30 pm

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One event on February 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm


Pawâkan Macbeth
presented by Akpik Theatre
February 6 at 7pm
February 7 at 1pm
February 7 at 8:30pm
February 8 at 2pm
in the Backstage Theatre

This take over by Indigenous playwright Reneltta Arluk, sets Pawâkan Macbeth in Cree territory in 1870s Alberta, where Macbeth is the cannibal spirit, Wihtiko.

Pawâkan Macbeth happens before the numbered Treaties were signed, when Plains Cree were allied with Stoney Nakoda, and at war with Blackfoot over territory, food, supplies and trade. The Canadian Government were making their way west with Sir John A. MacDonald as its leader. Harsh environments brought immense fear, starvation, and uncertainty together to awaken the darkest of Cree spirits, the Wihtiko – a being with an insatiable greed. Through the exploration of Cree language, history, stories and cosmology Arluk asks, what is it to be human? What makes a human vulnerable to the Wihtiko? Inspired by working with the youth of Frog Lake First Nation, and shared stories from Elders in the Treaty 6 region, Arluk has created a terrifying journey through love, greed, honour and betrayal, with coyote howlers teaching us that resurgence requires balance.


  • Elders: Mary Ann Dillon, Rose Dillon, Henry Smith, Raymond Quinney, Cecile Dion, and Cultural Advisor Gary Berland
  • Original development of concept with Owen Morris and students of Chief Napeweaw School
  • Some stories originate from the Frog Lake, Loon Lake, and Onion Lake region
  • Artistic Director, Akpik Theatre: Reneltta Arluk
  • Artistic Associate, Akpik Theatre: Barry Bilinsky
  • Featuring: Sophie Merasty, Joel Montgrand, Allyson Pratt, Mitch Saddleback, Aaron Wells & Kaitlyn Yott
  • Director & Playwright: Reneltta Arluk
  • Assistant Director: Barry Bilinsky
  • Plains Cree Language Consultant & Translator: Darlene Auger
  • Plains Cree Consultant: Jhaik Windy Hair
  • Costume Designer: Logan Martin-Arcand
  • Set Designer: Cimmeron Meyer
  • Lighting Designer: Daniela Masellis
  • Sound Designer: Leif Ingebrigtsen
  • Fight Director: Nathan Loitz
  • Production Manager: Tallis Kirby
  • Technical Director: Daniela Masellis
  • Stage Manager: Kerry Johnson
  • Touring Technical Director: Daniela Masellis
  • Touring Stage Manager: Barry Bilinsky
  • Publicity and Marketing: Shivani Saini
  • Graphic Design: Tashina Makokis
  • Protocol & Play: Candy Fox



February 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Backstage Theatre


Azimuth Theatre