Kiinalik These Sharp Tools
Theatre & Dance
Focus on Canada
Irish Premiere

A dramatic meeting between two extraordinary artists, examining their intertwined histories, colonial legacies and the changing climate we all face.

In the Inuktitut language, ‘kiinalik’ translates to mean the knife is sharp, or, ‘it has a face’.

A concert and a conversation, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is the meeting place of two people, and between the northern and southern extremes of Canada. Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry met on an Arctic expedition from Iqaluit to Greenland. Now sharing a stage, these two powerful storytellers map new territory together in a work that gives voice and body to the histories, culture, and climate we’ve inherited and asks how we reckon with these sharp tools.

Post show discussion: Friday 4 November

Part of BIAF’s 2022 focus on artists from Canada.


  • Written + Performed by Evalyn Parry & Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
  • Created by Evalyn Parry, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Erin Brubacher & Elysha Poirier with Cris Derksen
  • Directed by Erin Brubacher
  • Live Video by Elysha Poirier
  • Original Composition + Live Music by Cris Derksen & Evalyn Parry
  • Uaajeerneq and Throat Singing by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
  • Set Design by Kaitlin Hickey
  • Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack
  • Sound Engineer Aleda Deroche
  • Stage Manager Georgia Priestley-Brown
  • Production Assistant Rico Manitok
  • Production Manager Charissa Wilcox
  • Technical Director Adrien Whan
  • Manager of Touring Chris Reynolds
  • Seal Skin Shoes by Nicole Camphaug, Enb Artisan, Nunavut
  • Jewelry by Matthew Nuqingaq
  • Ulu by Mosesie Lewis
  • Originally developed and co-produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre & Theatre Passe Muraille


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A performance somewhere between cabaret, ceilidh, gig and theatrical poem... ★★★★

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