Swimming with Piranhas

Saturday, August 16 | 2:30 pm

When abrasive television star Maggie Swanell is diagnosed with tongue cancer, everything she thought was true becomes a question mark. With death staring her in the face, Maggie embarks on a trip into the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon junglein a reluctant attempt to reconnect with her world-travelling mother. In this heartfelt piece of minimalist solo theatre, actor Colette Nichol will take you on a ride from the grey drizzle of Vancouver, where our story starts, into the buzzing hazy heat of the jungle as Maggie searches for a way to live and love.

Written and performed by Colette Nichol (Vancouver, BC)
Rated: PG | Length: 65 minutes, no intermission

“Impressive…delivers some surprising sentiments and thoughts on existence. Solid and meditative… Nichol creates complicated scenarios using just her body, and her grace and sensibility.” —Culture Vulture, Victoria

“Colette Nichol is a joy to behold on stage. She has a great commanding presence both dynamic and enthralling with an excellent execution of all characters.” –Theatre in London

Born in Vancouver, but raised on a vineyard in Naramata, BC, Colette Nichol has had a colourful and unpredictable life. After studying acting professionally in Toronto and Vancouver, Nichol was drawn to South America, where she spent five years teaching English and learning Spanish. Now back in Canada, Nichol creates videos for her Indie media company Story Envelope, as well as continuing to act and write. | www.colettenichol.com

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