The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time

Written and performed by Walter Borden 

A Neptune Theatre presentation of the NAC English Theatre production
THE LAST EPISTLE OF TIGHTROPE TIME is staged by arrangement with Kish Iqbal, GGA,
Curated by Black Theatre Workshop 

September 6 - 25, 2022


Fountain Hall Stage | Directed by Peter Hinton-Davis

Originally from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Walter Borden is a renowned Canadian actor, poet and playwright. His illustrious career has spanned 50 years in theatre, film and television. Best known for his work in theatre, he has performed on stages across the country from Neptune Theatre, to Canadian Stage, and the Stratford Festival. His contributions to Canadian theatre have garnered him numerous accolades and awards including a DORA Award nomination for Best Actor and a Robert Merritt Award for Best Actor.  

In 2002, Borden was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006, and a member of the Order of Nova Scotia in 2014

Active in the civil rights movement throughout his career as a performer, author, and teacher, Borden has received the African Nova Scotia Music Association (ANSMA) Music Heritage Award, the Portia White Prize awarded annually by the Nova Scotia Arts Council for making a significant contribution to culture and the arts in Nova Scotia, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award for his contribution to African-Canadian arts and culture. He has been bestowed two Honorary Doctorates from Acadia University and Saint Mary’s University. 

Walter Borden’s autobiographical play, The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time is a first in the history of Black Canadian literature to examine themes around male homosexuality from a Black perspective.  

Through the voices of 10 characters, Borden delivers an invigorating solo performance reflecting on his philosophy on the journey of life, and his experience as a Black, gay man facing challenges of racism, impoverishment and homophobia.

The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time is a profound opportunity to witness a legendary Black Canadian artist in his element and offers audiences an experience in witnessing the resiliency of the human spirit .



Creative Team

Garrett Barker Technical Director
Andrew Cull Assistant Technical Director
Helena Marriott Head of Wardrobe
Sandra Hum Wardrobe Cutter / First Hand
Hanna Laaksonen Head of Props
Vekisha MacDonald Props Builder
Taylor Andrews Head Scenic Carpenter
Nicole Flynn Scenic Carpenter
Al Collette Head Scenic Artist
Tomas Hiseler Scenic Artist
Gilann Lafreniere Production Driver and Buyer
Andrew Crawford Head Electrician
Vern Endicott-Blinkhorn Acting Head Electrician
Joe Micallef Sound Coordinator
Justin Dakai Acting Sound Coordinator
Evan Brown Head of Staging
Kendrick Haunt Dresser

National Arts Centre Creative Team

Wayne Hawthorne Associate Sound Designer

Melissa Rood Stage Manager
Mike D’Amato Production Director
Crystal Spicer Technical Director
Brian Britton Technical Director
Cathy Cochrane Associate   Costume Designer
Michael Caluori Head of Properties
David Strober Head Scenic Carpenter
Chad Desjardins Assistant Scenic Carpenter




Fountain Hall
September 6 - 25, 2022


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Sunday - 2 pm



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