The Sacrifice Zone

In a small, isolated resource town, a community struggles to rebuild itself in the aftermath of a fatal industrial explosion. Relationships begin to crack as pressure is mounted on survivors to accept a corporate payout. With lives and livelihoods hanging in the balance and the emotional landscape deteriorating like the landscape around them, what will one need to sacrifice to make things right?

The Sacrifice Zone cuts right to fundament questions of individual, corporate, and environmental accountability. Performed in Theatre Gargantua’s highly physical style and evocatively scored with live music and a foley artist, The Sacrifice Zone is a relevant and gripping production written by celebrated Australian playwright Suzie Miller.

This Dora Award-Winning Production premiered at Toronto’s Factory Studio Theatre in Fall 2013. It is an international collaboration between Canada’s Theatre Gargantua and Australia’s The Uncertainty Principle.

* Photos by Michael Cooper


Written by Suzie Miller Artistic Director, The Uncertainty Principal | Directed by Jacquie PA Thomas Artistic Director, Theatre Gargantua

Set Design by Michael Spence | Costume Design by Sheree Tams | Lighting & Projection Design by Laird Macdonald | Sound Design & Live Foley by John Gzowski | Dramaturgy by Bruce Barton

THE SACRIFICE ZONE Premiered in November 2013  at the Factory Theatre Studio, Toronto featuring:

Ciara Adams | Joel Benson | Pam Patel | Michelle Polak | Michael Spence


Creation began in the Spring of 2012, when Suzie Miller, Artistic Director and Playwright of The Uncertainty Principle, joined the company in Toronto for two weeks of ensemble creation and development under the direction of Jacquie Thomas resulting in a first draft of the work. Gargantua’s Artistic Directors Thomas, and Michael Spence, then travelled to Sydney in January 2013, where they  workshopped a further draft of the piece with The Uncertainty Principle. Thomas and Spence also facilitated a Dynamic Creation Workshop that attracted participants from across the continent. The piece was refined in the Spring and Fall of 2013 before premiering at Toronto’s Factory Studio Theatre.

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