Produced by ARC

January 13 – 29, 2023 | Canadian Premiere

Aki Studio

Benjamin won’t swim at school. His mum thinks he’s on drugs or has body issues. But Benjamin has found God, and mixed-gender swimming lessons offend him. But that’s not where his newfound fervour ends. His conflicts only grow as his devotion deepens, causing issues at school, and at home with his family. 

This provocative German play in its Canadian premiere questions the nature of community, and weighs the human systems of family and education against the pull and promise of faith.

90 minutes

Best suited for ages 16+.
Mature themes and language. Onstage depictions of violence and fake blood.
General | $30-35
Arts Worker, Student | $25
Senior | $30

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Friday January 13 | 8:00 PM – Preview
Saturday January 14 | 8:00 PM – Opening, SOLD OUT
Sunday January 15   |  2:00 PM

Tuesday January 17 |  8:00 PM
Wednesday January 18  |  2:00 PM
Wednesday January 18  |  8:00 PM
Thursday January 19  |  8:00 PM
Friday January 20 |  8:00 PM
Saturday January 21  |  2:00 PM
Saturday January 21  |  8:00 PM
Sunday January 22  |  2:00 PM

Tuesday January 24 |  8:00 PM
Wednesday January 25  |  8:00 PM
Thursday January 26  |  8:00 PM
Friday January 27 |  8:00 PM
Saturday January 28  |  2:00 PM -Recorded Performance*
Saturday January 28  |  8:00 PM - Recorded Performance*
Sunday January 29  |  2:00 PM

Please note that the performances on January 28th will be live recorded for a digital live stream of MARTYR on that night at 8:00 PM. By entering the theatre, you consent to be recorded. 

Benjamin Sinclair: Nabil Traboulsi*
Eruca White: Aviva Armour-Ostroff*
Ingrid Sinclair: Deborah Drakeford*
Vicar Dexter Menrath: Ryan Hollyman*
Marcus Dixon: Richard Lee
Willy Belford: Ryan Allen
George Hansen: Adriano Reis
Lydia Weber: Charlotte Dennis


Director: Rob Kempson*
Assistant Director: Taija Shonée Chung
Stage Manager: Tamara Vuckovic*
Assistant Stage Manager: Hannah MacMillan
Producer: Julia Dickson
Production Manager: Patrick Lynn
Technical Director: B.C. Batty
Set and Costume Designer: Jackie Chau*
Head of Wardrobe: Carlyn Rahusaar Routledge
Lighting Designer: Michelle Ramsay
Assistant Lighting Designer: Za Hughes
Sound Designer: James Dallas Smith
Intimacy and Fight Director: Jack Rennie
Publicity & Communications Strategist: Katie Saunoris
Livestream Director of Photography: Zev Shoag
Head Carpenter: James McKernan
Head Painter: Ksenia Ivanova
Blood FX Consultant: Alex Gilbert

* ARC Resident Artists

ARC is an ensemble-based company that produces contemporary international theatre in a multinational city. We take a rigorous, bold, socially active, and highly collaborative approach to producing thought-provoking international works in their Canadian premiere. By collaborating with community stakeholders, non-governmental organizations, and our audience, we create this work as a means of engaging with relevant global conversations. Community engagement and social justice are at the core of who we are as theatre-makers.