Akpik Theatre's


OCTOBER 3 - 8, 2023

by Reneltta Arluk
Drama, Shakespearean

co-presented by Neptune Theatre and Prismatic Arts Festival

A community telling of Pawâkan Macbeth is Reneltta Arluk’s groundbreaking reimagining of Shakespeare’s darkest play into Cree history, legend and cosmology.

Set during pre-colonization, when Plains Cree were allied with Stoney Nakoda, and at war with Blackfoot over territory, food, supplies and trade. When true autonomy existed among Indigenous Peoples and with that their spirits, their wisdom, practices, makers, tricksters, shifters, their darkness and light. As the  Canadian Government moves west with Sir John A. MacDonald as the leader, a harsh new world  wrought with immense fear, starvation, and uncertainty awaken the darkest of Cree spirits, the Wihtiko – a being with insatiable greed. 

Through the exploration of Plains 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.



Tuesday to Saturday - 7:30 pm
Sunday - 2:00 pm  




Sunday evening,
Tuesday - Thursday

Tier 1 $40
Tier 2 $35
Tier 3 $25


Friday - Saturday,
Sunday Matinee

Tier 1 $40
Tier 2 $35
Tier 3 $25

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Neptune Theatre is located on sacred land that has been the site of human activity since time immemorial. We are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, and we acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.

As artists, we are grateful to work and build community here. As stewards of culture, we are in the process of learning more about how our company can improve our relations with Indigenous People and uphold the values of collaboration and inclusivity in all that we do.