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1920’s debauchery. Edwardian repression. Clever rhymes... and twenty-six dead children. Can you blame the parents? Can you blame the little ones?

A charming little tale about desperation, conflagration and expiration. And putrefaction.

A comedy.

Gorey Story is a show about the extremes of neglect and human denial. How many of life’s events can we ignore?
The play is adapted from The Gashlycrumb Tinies, a darkly comic ABC by Edward Gorey, famous for his animated introduction to the PBS program Mystery!

Directed by Dora-nominated Erika Batdorf, Gorey Story is a physical and visual work that uses space and the body to bring Edward Gorey’s macabre and hilarious illustrations to life. The concept and original text was written by Christine Horne and Matthew Romantini and the play was created in collaboration with Erika Batdorf and the company.

Cast & Crew

Directed by Erika Batdorf
Cast: Cole J. Alvis, Whitney Barris, Christine Horne, Tania McCartney, Ginette Mohr, Matthew Romantini and Nathan Younger

Set designed by Laura Gardner
Lighting designed by Jason Hand
Costumes designed by Ming Wong
Music and Sound designed by Tom Kerr
Stage manager: Jessie Shearer

Show Info

75 minutes

8 performers


Based on Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies
Text adapted by Matthew Romantini and Christine Horne
Created by Matthew Romantini, Christine Horne and Erika Batdorf
in collaboration with the company

Nominated for 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Best New Play, Best Production, Best Direction, Best Costume Design)

Supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, The Laidlaw Foundation

"A is for awestruck. That’s what you’ll feel watching this confident debut production by the Thistle Project, a nastily clever and impeccably staged adaptation of Edward Gorey’s macabre Gashlycrumb Tinies."

- Glenn Sumi, Now Magazine

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"A young troupe with energy to [spare] offered a terrific debut with their intensely physical, visually beguiling adaptation of an alphabet book by master of the macabre Edward Gorey. Its 26 episodes, involving doomed, parentally deprived adolescents, were held together by the deathlike presence of Ginette Mohr, whose twitching, grasping claws never rested."

- Now Magazine, Top 10 Theatre Shows (2006)

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