Deeper Roots Series

Deeper Roots series is a curated series of talks, panel discussions, presentations, receptions and artist talkbacks, across the whole season, each of them tailored to complement some of the themes and ideas springing out of the shows themselves.  There are even a few happening pre-season in the surrounding community.

Altogether, in addition to the regular artist talkbacks across the season, Deeper Roots will allow at least 19 more chances to delve into the subjects and inspirations fueling the work onstage. What better way to celebrate our 45th Season?

Among the line-up are discussions on Contemporary Circus Arts, cake decorating workshops, panels on Farm Succession and the erasure of the labour of women in farm histories, a group of current and graduating students from the University of Guelph Agricultural College will talk about their perspectives on the future of farming, we’re convening a panel of rural LGBTQ entrepreneurs to talk about their challenges in building businesses in small towns, and we’re pulling together artists who work in Palliative Care to talk about the Healing Power of Art.

Most of them are FREE – Everyone is welcome

An Evening with Canadian author Lawrence Hill will highlight this series.

The award-winning author of The Book of Negroes and The Illegal will speak from the theatre’s main stage about his passionate views on elder care and assisted dying in Canada, providing his perspective on the journey to death for his extraordinary mother, Donna Mae Hill.

At 90 years old, after a remarkable life, much of it spent fighting for civil rights in Canada, Donna Mae Hill traveled to Switzerland for an assisted death because Canada’s laws prohibited it. Lawrence Hill and his niece were present at her end of life.

Select books written by Lawrence Hill will be available for sale and signing.




  • Thursday, March 14 at 7 pm | Panel Discussion: The Fascination with Jumbo | Huron County Museum, 110 North St., Goderich
  • Thursday, May 16 at 2 pm | Panel Discussion: The Making of Jumbo | Elgin County Museum, St. Thomas
  • Wednesday, June 12 at 7 pm | Jumbo Exhibit | Lower Hall
  • Saturday, June 15 at 4:30 pm | Panel Discussion: Contemporary Circus | Lower Hall
  • Friday, June 28 at 7:30 pm | Cake Parade and Bake Off |Main Street & Lower Hall. Visit online for competition details
  • Wednesday, July 3 at 7 pm | Jumbo Exhibit | Lower Hall
  • Saturday, July 13 at 7 pm | Jumbo Exhibit | Lower Hall
  • Thursday, July 18 at 7 pm| Panel Discussion: The Making of In the Wake of Wettlaufer | Huron County Museum, Goderich
  • Tuessday, August 13 at 4:30 pm | Panel Discussion: When Do You Leave the Farm? | Lower Hall
  • Thursday, August 15 at 4:30 pm | Panel Discussion: The Healing Power of Art | Lower Hall
  • Wednesday, August 21 at 4:30 pm | Panel Discussion: Historical Erasure of the Female Farmer | Lower Hall
  • Sunday, August 25 at Noon | Panel Discussion: The Future of Farming from Graduates’ Perspective | Lower Hall
  • Wednesday, August 28 at 7 pm | An Evening With Lawrence Hill | Main Stage. Tickets: $10 Members; $15 Non-members
  • Thursday, August 29 at Noon | Panel Discussion: What is a Good Death? | Lower Hall. Pre-ordered lunch available for purchase
  • Saturday, September 14 at 4:30 pm | Panel Discussion: LGBTQ Community as Entrepreneurs
  • Wednesday, September 18 at 4:30 pm | Live Interview with Playwright Mark Crawford and Performer Paul Dunn | Lower Hall

We’ve got some great ideas like cupcake decorating and cake baking classes, but the fine details aren’t confirmed yet. Watch our website for further events.