The Goblin Market mixes poetry and circusry for a sensual performance

“We must not look at goblin men / We must not buy their fruits: / Who knows upon what soil they fed / Their hungry thirsty roots?”
The New Zealand circus troupe A Dust Palace brought their stunning cirque-theatre production to The Cultch after a long development period.

For the first time in Vancouver: New Zealand’s premier circus troupe arrives with Goblin Market


This October, New Zealand circus troupe, The Dust Palace, is taking over the York Theatre with the sumptuous circus production, The Goblin Market. Christina Rossetti’s poem of dangerous and delicious temptation comes to life with daring circus acts. Masterfully blending feats of spectacle with candid and gritty storytelling, performers Eve Gordon, Rochelle Mangan, and Edward Clendon transport audiences with this captivating story of two sisters; their temptation, sacrifice and eventual salvation. Including nudity and sexual scenes, this adults only circus production plates up a tantalizing evening of entertainment.  Eat fruit. Love lust.

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Heathers the Musical comes to Vancouver


Social commentary and psycho thriller come together in Heathers the Musical, the story of Veronica Sawyer (Christine Quintana), a teenage misfit who gets in with the most popular high school clique. She never thought she’d get in, but she did. She also never though she’d date the dark and mysterious new kid, but she did. And she certainly never dreamt of killing anyone, but she kind of did.

Based on the 1988 cult film written by Daniel Waters and starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the musical will play at York Theatre in Vancouver, January 6th to 17th. Enjoy this funny, heartfelt, homicidal show directed by David C Jones with a diverse cast.

“When I was an elected member of Canadian Actors Equity I learned about the importance of theatre to reflect the cultural make-up of the city it is in,” admits director David C. Jones. “Theatre has the ability to transform audiences but if they do not see themselves reflected how can they connect? I became a strong advocate of fair representational casting practices. When we announced auditions I was determined that we get the cast that reflected the city of Vancouver which currently sits at 52% non-Caucasian. It just seems right, it just seems fair and it just seems important.”

Jessie Richardson Award Winning actress Christine Quintana plays Veronica Sawyer, our misfit heroine who gets in with the wrong crowd, with recent Studio 58 graduate Kamyar Pazandeh as the brooding JD. The trio of terrorizing Heathers isSynthia Yusuf, Devon Busswood and Nhi Do. Playing against type – Colin Sheen (and Hal Wesley Rogers) play the brutish and dumb football bullies, while Steffanie Davis plays one of their victims.  The adults are played by producer Lori Watt, Ken Overbey and Nelson Wong. Rounding out the cast of high school students and cliques are Quinn Cartwright, Daren Dyhengco, Vivian Full, Brent Hirose, Matt Montgomery, Deanna Rayne and Hall Wesley Rogers.

Performance details for Heathers the Musical are as follows:

  • Runs January  6  to 17 at The York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive
  • Previews: January 6 & 7, at 7:30 pm ($15)
  • OPENING NIGHT: January 8, at 7:30 pm
  • Matinees performances are at 2:00 pm January 9, 10, 16 and 17 ($25)
  • Evening performances are at 7:30 pm January 8 to 9 ($30), 12 to 16 ($40)
  • To book tickets, call the Cultch box office at 604-251-1363 or online.