Blyth Festival Presents
Written and performed by Josh Languedoc
Directed by Eric Smith
Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land, written and performed by Indigenous artist Josh Languedoc, is a compelling one-man show named among the Top 6 Picks of the Fringe in Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Vancouver. Meet Nakota. A young boy who is sick in the hospital and trying to write the greatest story ever. One day, Grandpa Rocko comes for a visit. Next thing Nakota knows, he is whisked away into a world of stories that are right below his feet. Within the land. This show explores the interplay between stories of the present against the long-forgotten stories of the past. It is a powerful marriage of storytelling and transformatively moving dialogue.
“His ability to breathe new life into traditional Indigenous stories (complete with seamlessly inserted Metallica and Blue Rodeo lyrics) is a gift to see in person.” ~ Chad Jarvie-Laidlaw, CVTV by Culture Vulture
Now based in Edmonton, Josh has family on reserve at Saugeen First Nation.
This production was made possible through the support of the Edmonton Heritage Council, Playwrights Guild of Canada, and the Banff Centre’s 2018 Indigenous Storytelling and Spoken Word Residency.