FallOUT – a play about cyberbullying

SPECIAL: FallOUT adds a PUBLIC performance

We are happy to announce that on Friday, May 6th, 2016 FallOUT will have a single public performance. Thanks to our Presenting sponsor, Bell Aliant, for making this additional show possible.

Date & Time:            May 6th, 2016 – 7.30pm

Venue:                       North St Church, Fuller Terrace & North St, Halifax

Tickets:                      $15

Box Office:                www.tickethalifax.com

 A new play about cyber-bullying and its long-lasting effects asks students ‘what would you do?’


FallOUT Presented by Eastern Front Theatre & WillPower Theatre Association tours 36 junior high schools in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

 The new theatrical production will tour junior high schools in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for four weeks, starting April 10. The play helps educate students about cyber-bullying and encourages them to join the conversation.

“I’ve been following this topic with a growing sense of dread and wondered what could I do to help protect my sons, said FallOUT’s producer, Webb. “Since I create theatre for a living, I decided to produce a play to help raise awareness about cyber-bullying while creating a safe environment for students to ask questions.”

The FallOUT production was created thanks to a Community Grant from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

IMG_9579“We strongly believe in the power of theatre as a tool for change,” said Starr Dobson, President and CEO, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. “We look forward to seeing the positive impact FallOUT has on increasing mental health awareness and promoting cyber-safety among Nova Scotian youth.”

Several organizations have come on board to support the production including Bell Aliant as Presenting Sponsor and the Nova Scotia Justice Department’s CyberScan team who will be facilitating a question and answer period between the characters and the audience.

IMG_9606“The play is an engaging way to captivate a key audience and a great opportunity to collaborate,” said Roger Merrick, Director of Public Safety Division. “We have a common goal to combat cyber-bullying. By working together in a unique way, we can get into more classrooms and create a better understanding on this important issue and answer any questions students may have.”

MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy, has provided educational materials to participating schools containing information for teachers and students, including lesson plans and study guides.

IMG_9602“FallOUT dramatizes for students how complicated online relationships can be, and helps demonstrate the need to apply empathy and think ethically when using digital media,” said Jane Tallim, Co-Executive Director of MediaSmarts. “We were glad to provide our resources to promote the conversations this play raises and bring digital literacy learning into students’ homes and classrooms.”

Kids Help Phone is also providing educational materials which will be handed out to students after each performance.

IMG_9593FallOUT is directed by Ann-Marie Kerr, produced by Jeremy Webb and is written by Cara MacPhail. The three actors are Sarah English, Amanda LeBlanc, and Margaret Legere. Stage manager is Tessa Pekeles, with set design by Andrew Cull, sound design by Brian Riley, and costume design by Cathleen MacCormack.

To book FallOUT for your school, in Nova Scotia:

perform120Since 1999, PERFORM! has transformed learning in schools across Nova Scotia by connecting students and teachers with professional artists, broadening the educational process through the power of the performing arts.

At PERFORM! we believe that integrating performing arts into education will shape our students into confident and creative thinkers and problem solvers.



RESOURCES from MediaSmarts





More information about FallOUT partners:

Mental Health Foundation

MH Logo TagThe Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones. We raise funds for vital programs and services that help make this possible, province-wide.

Bell Aliant

Bell-Aliant-Bell-Let's-Talk-Logo-Stacked-WhiteA part of BCE (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, Halifax-based Bell Aliant provides residential, business and government customers in Atlantic Canada with advanced communications services including FibreOP TV and Internet, Bell Satellite TV, wireless, home phone, data, video and value-added business services. For more information, please visit BellAliant.ca

Nova Scotia Justice Department’s CyberScan team

The CyberSCAN Unit is a division within the Department of Justice, under public safety, that aims to combat cyber-bullying through education and awareness. The CyberSCAN unit offers presentations to schools across the province that educate students on cyberbullying and the detrimental impacts it may have on someone. Their presentation includes tips on how to protect yourself from cyber-bullies and resources that can help if you are a victim of cyberbullying.


MediaSmarts is Canada’s centre for digital and media literacy, is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring the children and youth have the skills to engage with all media as active and informed digital citizens.

Kids Help Phone

KidsHelpPhoneSince 1989, Kids Help Phone’s trained professional counsellors have been listening to kids, often when no one else can or will. Young people can reach out to Kids Help Phone via phone or live chat about any issue, one such issue being cyber-bullying.

INTERVIEW With Cara and Jeremy

We popped by the Global TV Morning News show and were interviewed about FallOut by Jill Chappell.

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When Jamie, Alyssa and Becky attend a hometown wedding, their shared history of relentless bullying is right there waiting for them.

The three women relive their past and explore the three sides of the drama that plagued their junior high school years: the victim, the bully and the girl who stood by.

IMG_9679Years earlier, when Alyssa met Becky, at junior high, her existing friendship with Jamie was put to the test.

Things escalate for all three girls when a viral video of Jamie rips through their lives. Jamie knows it must be Becky’s handiwork, but Alyssa doesn’t believe her new friend could be capable of such cruelty.

Things spiral out of control when the bullying takes the form of anonymous, threatening texts and cruel chat-room comments.  Alyssa finally sees how bad things have become, tries to step in, exposing the situation. Is it too little, too late?

All three women are still dealing with their own fallout; no-one walked away unscathed. Alyssa is carrying the guilt from being a passive bystander for so long.

IMG_9722In a play where no one person is entirely innocent, nor completely unsympathetic, FallOut asks the question ‘if it were you, what would you do?’

FallOut is a play for three actors and will tour to junior high schools in Spring 2016.

Off The Leash recognizes the support of The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Culture Division to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

The Presenting Sponsor of FallOUT is Bell Aliant.


The cast of FallOUT meet Bell Aliant’s Dawn Boylan: (left – right: Margaret Legere, Sarah English, Dawn Boylan & Amanda LeBlanc.)

We also thank the generosity of Stewart McKelvey.

Stewart McKelvey





The Writer – Cara MacPhail

Cara MacPhail headshotCara holds a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Strathclyde and an MLitt in Dramaturgy and Playwriting from the University of Glasgow, both in her native Scotland.

While in Scotland she worked variously as a dramaturg, director and youth facilitator. Previous work includes a Scottish Government project for a group of young carers, facilitating the creation and performance of a new play based on their experiences caring for family members. She was also an assistant director with Gateways Productions’ performance of a new musical by writer Rachel Jury. She has worked as a director and dramaturg for various productions with Strathclyde Theatre.

Since moving to Canada she has been fortunate to work with organisations such as Vancouver Youth Theatre, Halifax Theatre for Young People and Neptune Theatre’s Theatre School. She currently runs a playwriting class for teens.

In addition to working in Canada she also has a production of her new play, The Silkie, slated for performance early 2014 in Scotland.

The Director – Ann-Marie Kerr

IMG_7624Ann-Marie is an award-winning theatre director, actor and teacher. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally including the Globe Theatre (Regina), Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), Festival TransAmériques (Montreal), Under the Radar (NYC), Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Canada), Soulpepper Theatre Company (Toronto), Luminato Festival (Toronto), Cork Midsummer Festival (Ireland), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sydney Festival (Australia), Carrefour international de theatre (Quebec City), Groundswell Festival (Toronto) and UNO Festival (Victoria, BC).

Recently she directed a workshop performance of Adam Lazarus’ solo show Daughter (Quiptake) set to play in Toronto’s Summerworks 2016; The Circle (Alberta Theatre Projects); Cathy Jones’ solo show Stranger to Hard Work that is currently on tour; Cliff Cardinal’s The Anderson’s (National Theatre School); a workshop of Mass, a large-scale production with a 15-voice choir set in a church in collaboration with singer-songwriter Tanya Davis; The Circle (National Theatre School). Upcoming: Loveplay (National Theatre School) and The Secret Lives of Mothers (Theatre Centre, Toronto with Hannah Moscovitch, Maev Beaty and Tova Smith); I Claudia Northern and Eastern Canada tour; Many Loves (Queer Acts Festival, Halifax), Fall Out (Willpower Theatre, Halifax).

Other directing includes: Robert Chafe’s As Ever (Mulgrave Road Theatre, Guysborough, NS) I, Claudia (Globe Theatre, Regina SK); The Debacle (Zuppa Theatre Company); Brecht’s The Good Soul of Szechuan (Dalhousie Theatre, Halifax); Anthony Black’s Invisible Atom (2b theatre company Halifax, multiple award-winning including Herald Angel Award Edinburgh); So…What about Love (Dapopo Theatre at Super Nova Festival Neptune Theatre, Halifax); co-directed Zuppa Theatre’s Five Easy Steps to the End of the World; A Rescue Demonstration for ARD Projects (Plutonium Playhouse, Halifax); The Comedy of Errors at Dalhousie Theatre; and Daniel MacIvor’s Confession (Mulgrave Road Theatre, Guysborough, NS).

Select performing credits include White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (DMV Theatre, Halifax); Funny Money (Festival Antigonish NS; Robert Merritt Award for Performance by a Lead Actress 2013); Homage (2b theatre company, Canadian tour); Soul Alone (2b theatre company at Neptune Theatre); The Long Valley-Stories by Steinbeck (Soulpepper Theatre Company/This is a Bird, Toronto – Dora nomination for Outstanding New Play); Dr. Chekhov’s Ward 6 and Chekhov Longs…In the Ravine (Co-creation/actor with Theatre Smith Gilmour, Toronto), Cymbeline and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Rough, Toronto)

Her teaching includes: National Theatre School (8 years), Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Academy and Youth Mentorship Program (5 years), Globe Theatre School, Acadia University, Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, National Arts Centre and George Brown College. She is a graduate of Ecole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris and York University in Toronto. She is the former Artistic Associate of Magnetic North Theatre Festival (4 years).

Set Design – Andrew Cull
Costume Design – Cathleen McCormack
Sound Design – Brian Riley

Brian HeadshotBrian is a professional Halifax-based sound designer and theatre maker. Lately he is working and touring internationally with Zuppa Theatre. He won a Merritt Award for ‘Outstanding Sound Design on Zuppas Pop Up Love Party’. He also coordinates collaborative and community-driven circus performances with a group he co-founded called ‘Circus Of the Normal’. He worked as Head of Sound at Neptune for three years, after studying sound engineering in 2004. He worked with Bread & Puppet Theatre (Vermont USA) in 2012-13 and recently completed a one year Artist Residency at J.L. Ilsley Highschool in Spryfield. His latest love is a little less than a year old, and is named Oggie; big thanks to him and his mama.

Stage Manager – Tessa Pekeles

Tessa-024PrintOriginally from Montreal, Tessa Pekeles moved to Halifax for university and has not looked back. She is thrilled to be getting to tour both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, especially with such a great team. Select stage management credits include Women Beware Women, Arden, The Duchess of Malfi (The Villain’s Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Head First Productions), Lungs, Venus in Fur (Festival Antigonish), Don Giovanni, Luisa Miller (Opera Nova Scotia) and Mimi or the Poisoner’s Tragedy (TheatreSpeak). Assistant Stage Management credits include Outside Mullingar, Be My Baby (Festival Antigonish), David for Queen, The Patron Saint of Stanley Park, In the Fall/In This World (Halifax Theatre for Young People).