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The Cave

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A funny and poignant theatre cabaret sung by forest animals fleeing a wildfire.

The Cave

Sung in English and Cree, this 75-minute sung-through story cabaret combines live music and immersive visuals with wry humour and poignant storytelling. Intimate and entertaining, The Cave is a timely parable about the folly of our actions and the impact on friends and foes alike of the climate crisis that rages around us.  

As the forest fire rapidly encroaches, Moose, Beaver, Skunk, Snake, Wolf, Crow and Fox seek safety in Bear’s cave. The animals take solace in unlikely companions as they face their growing anxiety together, by sharing stories and pondering the reckless human activity that has destroyed their homes. 

Back by popular demand, Tomson HighwayJohn Millard, and Martha Ross’s apocalyptic cabaret, The Cave, returns to Toronto with new and magical animations by Bruce Alcock.  

Created by renowned Canadian artists John Millard (composer), Tomson Highway (lyrics), and Martha Ross (book writer), directed by Adam Paolozza, music direction by Gregory Oh, performed by John Millard, Neema Bickersteth, Andrea Koziol, Derek Kwan and Alex Samaras, with Gregory Oh, Chris Pruden, Rob Clutton, Peter Lutek, Christa Mercey, and Matti Pulkki in the pit. Produced by Victor Pokinko.

Complimentary entry to the Late Night Cabaret included.  

Produced by J MAR Electric in association with Theatre Passe Muraille
Image of Neema Bickersteth in The Cave by Dale Hagos 

Date & Time

June 25, 2022 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm EDT

All Dates and Times
Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 PM
Friday, June 17 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 18 at 2 PM
Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 PM
Friday, June 24 at 7:30 PM
Friday, June 24 at 9:30 PM
Saturday, June 25 at 2 PM
Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 26 at 2 PM

Music, Theatre


16 Ryerson Ave
Toronto, ON M5T2P3 Canada
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With the health and safety of our audiences, artists, staff, and volunteers as our top priority, Luminato will continue to require proof of vaccination for all indoor performances in 2022. 

While the government of Ontario has lifted the mandatory check for vaccine passports as of March 1, we are choosing to keep our policy in place. We thank you for your patience and understanding as government policies are continually changing. 

Face masks are required for all indoor performances. Face masks are strongly encouraged for all outdoor performances. 

Luminato’s Vaccine Policy 

Audiences will be required to show proof of full vaccination and photo ID for all indoor performances. Proof of vaccination must include the attendee’s name, date of vaccination and product name (brand of vaccine). The receipt can be in paper or in an electronic format (shown on the patron’s phone).   

Remember, you are considered ‘fully vaccinated’ only 14 days after your second dose. 

Proof of ID must include the patron’s name and date of birth. 

For outdoor performances and events, proof of vaccination is not required. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected]  


Neema Bickersteth, Vocalist
Andrea Koziol, Vocalist
Derek Kwan, Vocalist
Alex Samaras, Vocalist
Rob Clutton, Musician (Bass)
Christa Mercey, Musician (Percussion)
Peter Lutek, Musician (Sax, Bb Clarinet)
Matti Pulki, Musician (Accordion)

Creative Team

John Millard, Composer/Performer
Martha Ross, Book Writer/Dramaturg/Associate Producer
Tomson Highway, Lyricist
Adam Paolozza, Director
Gregory Oh, Music Director
Chris Pruden, Music Director Sub

Production Team

Victor Pokinko, Producer
Pip Bradford, Producer (Luminato)
Tamara Protic, Stage Manager
Court Pyke, Production Manager/Technical Director
Andre Du Toit, Lighting Designer
Christopher Ross-Ewart, Sound Designer
Trevor Schwellnus, Set Designer
Allie Marshall, Costume Designer
Bruce Alcock, Projection Designer
Nicole Eun-Ju Bell, Assistant Projection Designer

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