Alanna Mitchell

Award-winning Canadian science journalist.

Alanna’s acclaimed play, Sea Sick, just keeps going.

So, I’m a science journalist and one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done  was research a book on how we’re altering the chemistry of the global ocean. Sounds a bit dull, right? But it was a tale of grand adventure and marvellous discovery with a good dollop of humour, peopled with some of the most fascinating scientists in the world.

So I started giving talks about it and that – to my surprise and ultimately horror – ended up in my being commissioned to create a play, with the help of Franco Boni and Ravi Jain of The Theatre Centre in Toronto, and perform it. Live. In person. In front of people. In a theatre. The results were interesting. This thing was nominated for a Dora in 2014. Three years later, we’ve toured to most of the festivals in Canada, been to Mumbai and Europe and are now heading to the Antipodes. Plus a big tour in southern Ontario in the fall of 2017. This fellow just keeps going.


Here’s how critics described my play: “Shockingly honest”. “Passionate”. “Unconventional theatre”. “A thrilling, yet highly disturbing cautionary tale”. “Riveting and mentally stimulating”. “Unsettling information aimed at provoking change”. “Life-changing”.


Sea Sick, the play on the road again!

Well, big news on my play, Sea Sick. We’re doing a tour through Ontario in late October and November 2017, hitting six cities. Oakville, Kingston, North Bay, St. Catharines, Milton and Burlington. I’ve been so excited to talk with people about the tour already — lots of calls from people letting me know they’ll see me on the road. My favourite part of the performance is the talkbacks we hold after every one, so I hope to see you there.

By the end of the Ontario tour, we’ll have taken the play to 15 cities on four continents over the course of three years.

And it seems as though the interest in this play keeps growing. Because there’s even more news: Sea Sick is heading to the Sydney Festival in January 2018! Woot, woot! I can hardly wait.

Here are the details for Ontario:

Oakville Centre, Willson Auditorium, Saturday, 28 October, 8 p.m. Tickets are here

Kingston Baby Grand, November 1 – 4, including a matinee on November 4. Tickets are here

North Bay Capitol Theatre, November 7, 7.30 p.m. Tickets are here

St. Catharines First Ontario Performing Arts Centre,  November 9 and 10. Tickets are here

Milton First Ontario Arts Centre,  November 12, 2 p.m. Tickets are here

Burlington Performing Arts Centre, November 17, 7.30 p.m. Tickets are here

And here’s Sydney:

Carriageworks Theatre, Bay 20, January 19 to 22, 2018. Tickets are here

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