Ballad of the Motherland

Written and directed by Annie Valentina

March 21- April 2, 2023

Fountain Hall Stage

When Canadian blogger Kate decides to make the pilgrimage to her parents' homeland in East Ukraine, she is caught in the crossfire - literally and metaphorically - by local separatists. Eight years later, as the country is ravaged by Russia’s full-scale ground war, Kate finally breaks her silence on the ordeal.

Inspired by real-life events that took place in the Donbas region in 2014, this story explores ex-pat identity in the Slavic Canadian diaspora, and the human search for meaning in the face of impossible odds.


The Cast

Nikolai Afanasev as Volodya    Hannah Wayne-Philips as Kate


Creative Team

Director & Playwright Annie Valentina
Cultural Consultant Yevgeniya Kononoff
Set Design Wes Babcock  

Costume Design Kaelen McDonald
Lighting Design Jess Lewis
Projection & Sound Design Jordan Palmer
Stage Manager Alison Crosby
Assistant Stage Manager Cassie Westbrook
RBC Chrysalis participants:
Matthew Kratz and Devon McCarron



Fountain Hall Stage
March 21- April 2, 2023

Show Times:
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 2 pm & 7:30 pm


Key Dates

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 7:30 p.m - Bell Aliant Pay What You Can
Tuesday, Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m - Support for Culture Industry Night
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 7:30 p.m - Talk Back Night
Sunday, Apr. 2, 2:00 p.m - Audio Described Performance
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