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No. 2

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No. 2 Photo: Aaron K

Toa Fraser (Auckland, New Zealand)  
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and The Cultch

January 31 – February 4, 2012  8:00pm
The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street
Post-Show Talkback Feb 1, led by Joyce Rosario

Part of the PuSh Festival Aboriginal Performance Series presented by Vancity


An ancient, cantankerous Fijian matriarch decides at 4am one morning that her time is up. In true Fijian fashion, she orders her grandson to organize a feast so she can name her successor—her No. 2. She wants all of her grandkids there, but none of her children; “they’re all bloody useless.” She wants a big, long table outside and a pig on a spit. She wants spirits dancing, squabbles in the kitchen and bitching in the backyard. Only one “outsider,” Father Francis, will be invited—because the feast is to be like the ones in Sicily where a priest is always present. And there is to be one more unexpected guest…

Fast-moving and tender, No. 2 features Madeleine Sami portraying all nine characters in a virtuosic solo performance for which she was awarded the Chapman Tripp New Zealand Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance.

>>No. 2 is a subtle, humanistic and engaging piece of new theatre. Sami takes our breath away with the sheer cleverness and athleticism of her performance.<< Scotland on Sunday

Toa Fraser’s play No. 2 premiered in 1999 to critical and audience acclaim. It toured to Edinburgh where it won a Fringe First Award in 2000, followed by a nationwide tour in New Zealand and international seasons in Holland, Jamaica, Mexico, London and New York. The film adaptation of No. 2 was directed by Fraser and debuted at the 2006 Sundance Festival where it won the World Dramatic Audience Award.


Tickets from $16
The Cultch Box Office

Eligible for PuSh Pass access
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Audience members with proof of current Vancity membership are eligible for 2 for 1 tickets! This offer is available at the door only, not on advance purchase. Limited availability, arrive early. Read more about the Aboriginal Series presented by Vancity.


Written by Toa Fraser
Performed by Madeleine Sami
Produced by Silo Theatre / Strata Creative Ltd. (New Zealand)

Running Time 90min

Supported by Creative New Zealand. 

This Canadian tour is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and includes stops at the Canoe Theatre Festival (Edmonton) and the High Performance Rodeo (Calgary).