The Thing Between Us

The Thing Between Us is a brutal, funny, engaging, and ultimately moving psychological drama that explores love, loss, memory and the ties that bind. Young Linda Small’s life is thrown into chaos by the arrival of Shannon in her family’s home, and from that point on her life will never be the same.   How do we become so entwined with the people we love – or hate?  What is The Thing Between Us?

Emily Hurson and Mary Francis Moore in the mguffin company's production of The Thing Between Us

Emily Hurson and Mary Francis Moore in the mguffin company's production of The Thing Between Us

“Lawrence’s writing is eloquent and unique… the relationships between the women were raw and believable.  No doubt many of the audience members could relate to the storyline…  The show is funny as often as it is poignant… (and) will make you laugh, make you squirm…make you wonder and make you think.”  Mooney on Theatre

“Fascinating...sensitive writing...something akin to an Alice Munro story... (with) some intriguing ideas about selective memory."  "...(T)he actors, directed by Aaron Willis, with Joe Pagnan's simple but effective set design and lighting, are a joy to watch. Helmers's authoritative mom has a proudly earthy streak, and Hurson and Moore evoke the posture and cadences of kids beautifully.  Moore ... deserves special mention for making Shannon's desperate pleas and excuses sympathetic. Her character really believes what she's saying, and that's the sad thing."  NNN Now Magazine

The Thing Between Us was shortlisted for the Playwrights Guild of Canada's Carol Bolt Award, 2015

The Thing Between Us

by Alison Lawrence
Directed by Aaron Willis

Starring Randi Helmers, Emily Hurson and Mary Francis Moore
Production design by Joe Pagnan; sound design by John Gzowski
Stage managed by Meghan Speakman

October 2014 at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace


The Thing Between Us was produced with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The playwright acknowledges the assistance of the 2009 Banff Playwrights Colony – a partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts, The Banff Centre and Alberta Theatre Projects.

The mcguffin company and Alison Lawrence acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.




And with the help of our production sponsors, CARSTAR


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