Compass is proud to present
The Breadwinner
a new play
by Deborah Ellis

SpringWorks, May 2015

Ontario Trillium Foundation


The Breadwinner

a play by Deborah Ellis

Based on the novel, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis, published by Groundwood Books.

Compass Theatre Productions is proud to present a Canadian premiere, staged reading, of Deborah Ellis' new play, The Breadwinner, at the SpringWorks: indie theatre & arts festival May 9th to 10th in Stratford, Ontario.

Compass also joins Deborah Ellis and Groundwood Books as they celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the first publication of The Breadwinner.  You can find Deborah Ellis' reflections on war here:…/

Deborah Ellis' play is based on her beloved novel, The Breadwinner, which has touched the hearts of readers the world over.  Set in Afganistan during the time of the Taliban, it looks at the price children pay for simply being born in a country at war.  When Parvana's mother loses her job and her father is arrested, she disguises herself as a boy in order to earn money and save the family from starvation.  The Breadwinner is a powerful story about loyalty, survival, families and friendship.

The Breadwinner is inspired by Deb’s visits to refugee camps in Pakistan where she heard first hand about the brutal treatment of women and girls under the Taliban. Compass is honoured to bring the Canadian premiere of this story to life on stage at the SpringWorks: indie theatre & arts festival, 2015.|

Breadwinner Team:

Playwright - Deborah Ellis
Executive Producer and dramaturg -
Lisa Dent-Couturier
Director - Jane Spence
Production Manager - Lucas Wilson
Photographer - Andrew Couturier

Breadwinner Cast:

Parvana - Claire Couturier
Mrs. Weera - Barbara Budd
Parvana's Father - David Straus
Parvana's Mother - Carmen Grant
Nooria - Anwen O'Driscoll and Annie Lockerbie Newton
Guard/Talib - Robert O'Driscoll
Guard/Talib - Daniel Carter
Afghan Women - Baptiste Neis, Katharine Rajczak, Ruth Barrett, Heidi Bowman, Alison Wearing
Stage Directions - Melissa Renaud

SpringWorks Venue: St. John's United Church, 175 Waterloo Street South, Stratford.

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Cover taken from The Breadwinner 15th Anniversary Edition by Deborah Ellis copyright © 2000 and 2015. Reproduced with permission of Groundwood Books Limited








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