Obsidian Theatre Company




Cast Iron – A Live Audio Experience (Nov 19-28)




Obsidian Theatre and Factory Theatre collaborate to present Lisa Codrington’s Governor General Award Nominated play Cast Iron, directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu. Reimagined as a live audio drama, and starring Alison Sealy-Smith, this production will be streamed for 6 nights to audiences at home. Cast Iron is a vivid story that follows Libya from the sun drenched cane fields of Barbados to the sub-zero temperatures of Winnipeg as she wields acerbic wit and humour in an attempt to appease the ghosts of her past. Alone in her Winnipeg nursing home, Libya receives an unexpected visitor from Barbados. Past repression resurfaces, until the tragedy that shaped her life spills from her soul.


Cast Iron will be performed for 6 nights – November 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 @ 7:30PM EST. Each show is live and will be streamed to registered audience members listening from home.




THE REVIEWS ARE IN! Click each link to read the full review.




“an intimate and immediate experience… bravura performance”


- Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine



“Sealy-Smith is FEARLESS… beautifully produced”


- Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter



Sensitively and compassionately directed… A tale of dignity, grace, and humour


- Joe Szekeres, OnStage Blog



“an intensely dynamic live performance. Told in vivid, lyrical language”


- Istvan Dugalin




Lisa Codrington is an actor and writer based in Toronto. She has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Drama and is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Theater Award and the Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights. Selected writing credits include The Prescription – 21 Black Futures (Obsidian/CBC); The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God (Shaw Festival, Karamu House); Up the Garden Path (Obsidian Theatre); The Aftermath (Groundswell Festival, Femfest); The Colony – Opera to Go (Tapestry); Cast Iron (Nightwood Theatre & Obsidian Theatre). Currently, Lisa is developing two new plays and is playwright in residence at Why Not Theatre.

Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu is an acclaimed theatre creator and director raised in Kenya and Victoria, BC and based in Toronto. She is the Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre, Canada’s leading creator for Black Art as well as Founder/Artistic director for the experimental theatre company IFT (It’s A Freedom Thing Theatre) Theatre. Recent directing credits 21 Black Futures for Obsidian/CBC Arts, Trout Stanley (Factory Theatre), The Brothers Size, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Soulpepper Theatre), and Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape for Obsidian Theatre/Soulpepper. Mumbi is also the recipient of many awards including a Dora Award, a Toronto Theatre Critics Award, a Pauline McGibbon Award and a Mallory Gilbert Protege Award.


Born in Barbados, Alison Sealy-Smith is an accomplished award winning actor, director and producer whose professional career began in 1981 when she performed with the Pelican Players, Canada’s ‘first multicultural community theatre company’. Since then she has worked with theatre companies across Canada and in Barbados including the Green Room Players, Stage One Productions, Company of Sirens, Black Theatre Workshop, Theatre Calgary, Neptune Theatre, Young Peoples Theatre, Canadian Stage and the Stratford Festival. Alison has a long and diverse list of film and television credits which run the gamut from feature films to made for TV movies to recurring principal roles on long running episodics. An acclaimed voice actor, Alison was the voice of Storm on the animated series “The X- Men” and the voice of Scarlett on “Delilah and Julius”. Alison has received five Dora Award nominations for acting and has won two. She is a Founding Member of the Obsidian Theatre Company (Toronto) and served as Artistic Director from 2000 – 2006.


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