Variations of a Patchwork Heart

Variations of a Patchwork Heart: 

A Performance Performed Intimately Out in the Open

Tanner grew up a hop, skip and a jump from the Interlake, living in Narol, MB. As a kid, he spent days outside playing pretend. Now as a mid-twenty-something, he spends his days thinking about love, while still playing pretend. In this play, made to be performed outdoors with the beautiful Interlake backdrop, you’ll be dropped into this intersection of love and playing outside in this part-biographical, part-fantastical story of going on a FIRST first date! Through song, dance, charming poetry and monologues, Tanner opens up his gay heart (and all the dreams in it) and shares it with you. 

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Tanner Manson

RBC Emerging Artist

Tanner Manson (he/him) is a queer artist specializing in devised performance creation, poetry and physical theatre. He grew up in rural Manitoba and currently resides in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory. Expect absurdist thoughts filled with love in his work. He does a little bit of everything and loves everything a lot- from performing, to administration, to constructing sets, to constructing scripts. He is co-founder of the award-winning Walk&Talk Theatre Company where he, along with his best pals and collaborators, create new music-theatre (more info here:

He has had artistic residency with the International Institute for Sustainable Development – Experimental Lakes Area, he’s toured across the prairies with Shakespeare in the Ruins, he works administratively and artistically with Theatre Projects Manitoba and One Trunk Theatre, amongst other projects (he’s always trying to concoct something). He often sits around with a cup of coffee contemplating the world’s big thoughts, and dreaming of what he’ll create next.

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