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SUNDAY MAY 9, 2021  - 2:00 pm Pacific / 5:00 pm Eastern

Live only - this reading will not be recorded.


How to attend

FREE, no registration required. Click the link below at showtime:

Capacity 100. Latecomers welcome, audience does not appear on screen.

Mother's Day Play Reading

with Nicolle Nattrass & Michael Armstrong


On May 9,  join the Canadian Play Thing for a special Mother's Day reading by Vancouver Island playwrights Nicolle Nattrass (reading from Suddenly 50) and Michael Armstrong (reading from Another Life).

Playwright Bios


Nicolle Nattrass is a Jessie Award nominated actress (CAEA/ACTRA) and playwright (PGC) and dramaturge/director who is an Artistic Associate for Theatre One. She has programmed the Emerging Voices series for the past 7 years. She is grateful to be a Lantzville based artist and grateful to live, work and create on the unceded territory of the Snaw'naw'as Mustimuxw  people.


Nicolle leads with creativity and is passionate about the development of new plays, having written 9 plays herself she has a deep understanding of the process and considers creating environments where tender-hearted creation and conversation to be an essential element. Nicolle has served as Deputy Chair for the Women’s Caucus, Playwrights Guild of Canada & as well as National Forum Rep for the Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands region. She has been a juror multiple times, a workshop instructor for all ages, groups and organizations and is a graduate from the University of Victoria (1991) with a BFA in Theatre, Acting Specialization.


Nicolle’s recent directing credits include “Shield Maiden” by Melanie Froh Teichrob at the United Solo Festival (New York 2019), is currently working as a dramaturge on a new solo show, O MY GOD by Tina Overbury and as a playwright/actor on her own new solo show, Suddenly 50 with TJ Dawe.


For more info on Nicolle’s work & her plays, visit


Michael Armstrong is a playwright (PGC), director, actor and dramaturge in Nanaimo with over 50 years of experience in the theatre. He is the author of over a dozen full length and one act plays. His commissioned work, Extended Wings, was recently staged and filmed for Western Edge Theatre and can be viewed on demand at

His play, In Their Nightgows, Dancing, was published by UNBC Press and is available online through most sources. Michael’s playwriting is heavily influenced by his poetry and is very much concerned with the role of catharsis in our lives. He will be reading from his most recent play, Another Time: a memoire of his mother’s life. Born in Minnesota in 1919, her mother died nine days later. She was raised by her aunt and uncle in a TB Sanatorium and spent most of her life searching and struggling to hold onto a lasting and committed love.


Michael was the competition manager for the inaugural season of the Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition and has been a juror for Theatre BC’s Canadian Playwriting Competition on numerous occasions.


Michael holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Playwriting and Poetry from Uvic (2013). He has acted on stages across the province and has adjudicated many theatre festivals including Theatre BC’s Mainstage Festival in Chilliwack in 2016. He has taught classes and  workshops in a variety of theatre skills for the past twenty five years.

This reading is supported by PGC PlayConnect and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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