‘Grand Acts of Theatre’: The Fire Kedgys’ Howl


The Fire Kedgys’ Howl a Neighbourhood Dance Works production

Presented by National Arts Centre English Theatre’s Grand Acts of Theatre Marking this Moment Grand Acts of Theatre was made possible thanks to the support from The Jenepher Hooper Fund for Theatre at the National Arts Centre Foundation, established as a result of a generous gift from the estate of Jenepher Margaret Hooper. Grand Acts of Theatre was also supported by the RBC Foundation.


As the performing arts sector continued to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Arts Centre English Theatre responded with ‘Grand Acts of Theatre’, an initiative bringing Canadian artists and audiences together across the country. Eleven of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies were engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works to be performed outdoors and filmed in front of live audiences in various locations.


As one of the companies selected, Neighborhood Dance Works produced The Fire Kedgys’ Howl. The show featured and employed numerous local individuals: 25 dancers/performers, 3 musicians, 13 choral singers, 8 designers, 2 choreographers, 12 technical, film, and photography staff, 9 project advisors, and 3 administrative staff. This successful event took place on October 7, 2020, and was performed


The show treated residents of St. John’s to a brand-new, socially distanced work in one of the city’s historic outdoor spaces, while also getting featured through national broadcast streams in December 2020. The project put St. John’s on the map as a lively, creative hub that allowed artists to pivot with purpose and meaning during the throes of this pandemic.