Upcoming Performances

Target Theatre’s newest play

“Can You Hear the Birds?” by Kat Taddei, explores hearing loss, what it means to the person who has a hearing loss, how we can understand what that loss means, and how we can support that person.

Collected Works

Target’s Collected Works
Target historical plays focused on two main areas: Health and Safety and Quality of Life

Health and Safety

AUDIENCES for these plays included health care professionals, caregivers, and students.
VENUES included health care facilities, universities, schools and colleges, conferences, professional development workshops, and in-service training programs.

No Big Deal
By Vrenia Ivonoffski and Ross E. Gray. No Big Deal is a fast-paced, touching, and often humourous exploration of the ways men and the women in their lives deal with a diagnosis of prostate cancer.

I Don’t Know You Anymore
By John Tench. Problems, solutions and compromises involved in the disinhibited behaviour of some older people with dementia. A one act interactive drama designed to stimulate discussion around this sensitive subject.
Audience comments about I Don’t…

Stayin’ Alive
By Susan Wilkey and Judith McDowell. Concerns related to staying safe are humorously brought to life by The Target Gang in this 40’s style radio show with songs, music, a soap opera, the comedy of Mavis and Mickey and, of course, the melodies of the Target Singers.

Best of Intentions
By John Tench, follows the progress of an elderly mother from home care to institutional care. This FORUM THEATRE presentation examines a variety of interactions between familial and professional caregivers.

Who Speaks For Emily?
By Jo Cannon. The family of a person dying with Alzheimer’s decides on the level of treatment in her final days. The play underlines the value of advance directives (living wills). Audience participation through IMAGING and FORUM THEATRE

A Quiet Walk
By John Tench, concerns the stimuli and control of violence in people with Alzheimer’s. Set in a respite care home, the presentation deals with a family’s journey from fear and confusion to acceptance. FORUM THEATRE

The Bath
By John Tench. A residential care where an older man is humiliated by a well-intentioned but insensitive nurse.
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Quality of Life

AUDIENCES for these plays included seniors’ groups, church groups, the general public, and service organizations.
VENUES included seniors’ residences, club events, church halls, and seniors’ centres.

At the Dance
Two shy pensioners overcome their fears and find the courage to connect. Funny and charming.

Of Mice and Money
By John Tench. A con-man, a worried daughter, and a banker offer well-meaning advice to an elderly, overly trusting widow. A humorous cautionary tale.
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Let’s Have My Wake Before I’m Gone
By Judith McDowell. A person with terminal cancer and her family, after initial disagreements and quarrels, learn to face death with a measure of control and acceptance. The concepts of representation agreement and hospice care are touched upon. FORUM THEATRE.

Stella Cleans House
By Jo Cannon. An overzealous daughter goes overboard in “protecting” her mother from real and imagined hazards; mother turns elsewhere for comfort!
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Alma – A Caregiver’s Story
By John Tench. This play illustrates how a husband gradually comes to terms with his wife’s progressive dementia, and accepts help.

A Leak in the Plumbing
By Heldor Schäfer. Stuck in an apartment elevator on their way to various destinations, five women and one man have different reactions when one among them has an “accident.” FORUM THEATRE.

Hips
By Jo Cannon, demonstrates how healthy seniors can protect themselves from common injuries and stay active – very, very active!
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Father’s Little Holiday
By John Tench. Three siblings resort to drawing lots to determine who of them will have to “babysit” their aging father during a long-promised token mini-vacation, when they suddenly receive an unexpected long-distance phone call from him – from a rather unexpected, exotic location!
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Nobody Wants My Old Organs
By Heldor Schäfer and the company of players of Target Theatre. An elderly woman at a golf course tries to break the news to her estranged daughter that she wants to be an organ donor when her “time comes.” A cast of diverse characters – from bag lady to hot dog vendor, golfers to bartender – have a go at the controversies and urban myths surrounding the subject.
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Millicent Steps into the Arena
By John Tench. Three women devise a plot to lure a shy man in Millicent’s building for a tête-è-tête to her apartment, only to have their well-laid plans backfire. A light-hearted play about a mature woman’s attempts at re-entering the dating scene when she gets fed up with waiting for a suitable man to take the first step.

Wot – No Soap?
Monologues, music, songs and dance, all woven around the World War II experiences of Target performers. By the company of players of Target Theatre who play themselves in this musical revue that remembers the sad and the funny of a time when its participants were young.
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