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November 13, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Pay What You Decide Performance

A More Relaxed Performance

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None of This Is Happening by Ellen Peterson

TPM has always been the home of Manitoba Playwrights and we couldn’t be more pleased to bring you this World Premiere by Winnipeg treasure, Ellen Peterson. This apocalyptic fable follows a trio of aging ex-vaudevillians who are inextricably tied together even as they goad each other to the brink.    A play about garbage, longing, Niagara Falls, and our inescapable interconnectedness–for better and worse.  It’s the end of the world seen through the incomparable imaginative lens of one of Winnipeg’s finest playwrights. 

Featuring a stellar team of local artists, Alissa Watson (The Paper Bag Princess – PTE, founding member of The Red Nose Diaries and The Talentless Lumps), directs Monique Marcker (Albertine in Five Times, The Elmwood Visitation, North Main Gothic), Simon Miron (A Winter’s Tale – SIR, Orlando – RMTC, Artistic Director of the Village Conservatory), and Jane Testar (Winter’s Tale – SIR, founding member of Outside Joke, and Hot Thespian Action) with Assistant Director Carol-Ann Bohrn, and designers Joyce Licup, Brenda McLean, Ksenia Broda-Milian, and Emma Hendrix. Dramaturgical Support: Ryan Griffith, Don Hannah and Sharon King-Campbell. Original graphics & poster design by Danielle Friesen.


A More Relaxed Performance at TPM… 


Relaxed Performances are open to everyone and intended specifically to be sensitive to and welcoming of anyone who may find the usual theatre environment challenging or inaccessible, including people who are sensitive to loud noises or bright lights, have babes in arms, may have difficulty sitting through a 90-minute performance, may need to take a break from more intense moments, and those who use technological aids take in a live performance. 

Everyone’s needs are different so we are intentionally calling this a More Relaxed Performance, acknowledging there are aspects of the show that are integral to the story-telling that will likely still be intense for some audience members. 


What You Can Expect 

In a More Relaxed Performance, we take, well… a more relaxed approach to theatre etiquette to create a more welcoming atmosphere 

The house lights will remain on low throughout the performance to allow folks to come and go if they need to use the washroom, need to take a break in a quiet lobby, or just need to move or stretch. We ask all people to be aware of other people’s need to move or make involuntary noise or use technological aides during the performance. 

Audience members will be free to… 

  • Leave the theatre as needed during the performance 
  • Freely use any technological aids they require in order to experience the performance 
  • Bring babes in arms 
  • Sit in the lobby for as long as they need 

We have also made some adjustments to the show itself to relax the most intense aspect of the design. 

For the More Relaxed Performance we will… 

  • Remove strobes and flashing lightning effects 
  • Reduce volume on loud or sudden audio cues 
  • Houselights will remain on at a low level throughout the show 

None of This Is Happening deals with big themes, big emotions and big events.  Even in the More Relaxed Performance you can expect: 

  • Extreme human emotional and physical responses including shouting, stomping, and verbal fights 
  • Objects breaking and being dropped onstage 
  • Bright lighting cues 
  • Actors will occasionally enter from the audience entrance doors near the front row 
  • Theatrical haze (made with water vapor) 
  • Depictions of catastrophic weather events  
  • Simulated smoking of cigars (made with water vapor) 
  • Simulated smoke emanating from one of the actors (made with water vapor) 
  • Sounds of thunder  
  • Sounds of static/noise 


Still have questions? 

If you are wondering whether this show will be a good environment for your specific sensitivities or access needs or have any further questions about the content, please contact us at [email protected] or 204-989-2400.  

We are happy to answer any questions and offer specifics about what you can expect from arrival at the theatre to your departure so you can plan accordingly. And if there is anything we can do to make it easier for you to attend TPM in the future we’d love to discuss it! 


Pay What You Desire

We know that finances can be a barrier to accessing live theatre and are offering two Pay What You Desire performances for None of This is Happening (Friday November 11th, 7:30PM and Sunday November 13th, 2PM)

Please use one of the following coupon codes once your ticket is in your shopping cart to discount some or all of the ticket price.

25OFF – 25% discount

50OFF – 50% discount

75OFF – 75% discount

100OFF – 100% discount


We will not require proof of vaccination nor require you wear a mask, though both practices are strongly recommended.


November 13, 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Rachel Browne Theatre
211 Bannatyne Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3P2 Canada
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