Theatre for Young Adventurers
In the Kwantlen First Nation tale of Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish, the mouth of Th’owxiya contains a treasure trove of diverse foods but stealing from her results in a terrible price, as she has developed a taste for children.
October 5 , 2023
TH’OWXIYA: THE HUNGRY FEAST by Axis Theatre
Sponsored by MacLeodCares & Homeward Inns of Canada
Th’owxiya, an old hungry spirit that inhabits a feast dish full of bountiful delicious foods. This Kwantlen First Nations tale follows a sly Mouse (Kw’at’el) who is caught stealing cheese from this feast dish. To appease an angry Th’owxiya, Kw’at’el embarks on a journey to find two children for the ogress to eat, or else! Come enjoy the traditional Coast Salish and Sto:lo music, masks, and imagery while learning how Raven (Sqeweqs), Bear (Spa:th), and Sasquatch (Sasq’ets) trick a hungry spirit and save Kw’at’el and their family from becoming the feast!
SHOW ADVISORY: For Kids 5 and Up
Featuring Margo Kane, Danica Charlie, Cassandra Bouchier, Damion LeClaire, Meela Jeske, Braiden Houle
Written by Joseph A. Dandurand
Directed by Chris McGregor
Set, Props, Mask, Painting & Costume Design by Jay Havens
Original Composition by Marguerite Witvoet
Sound Design by Stephen Bulat
Recorded Hang Drum by Jerrett Plett
Mask Carving and Background Design by Carrielynn Victor
Feast Dish Carving by Steven Beaver
Original Feast Dish Carving by Earl Moulton and Don Froese
Stage Manager Sophie Kaplan
ABOUT AXIS THEATRE
In the age of “looking down,” Axis draws young eyes up to engage them in interactive experiences that educate, inspire,
and transform. Audiences experience smart, entertaining interpretations of traditional and cutting-edge physical theatre.
Axis incorporates combinations of red-nose clown, mime, movement, mask work, puppetry, and improvisation to expand
the meaning and impact of the stories presented. It is deceptively simple, completely fresh, and memorable.
Axis Theatre acknowledges that we live, work, and play on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish
peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.