Unravelling the Ligatures of Ashley Smith

Ensemble in Melanie Bennett’s From Solitary to Solidarity: Unravelling the Ligatures of Ashley Smith. Directed by Andy Houston. Set design by Gill Lesperance. Costume design by Sharon E. Secord. Lighting & Video design by Paul Cegys. [March 2014]

The Department of Communication Arts produces a series of performances each year created by faculty, students, and visiting artists. Performances are open to the public. Please join us!

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She Kills Monsters

Poster image for play.  Red background with black lettering.  Silhouettes of women with swords, a dragon, and a 20 sided die.The Theatre and Performance program has chosen to produce She Kills Monsters as part of the fall 2023 term.  

Written by: Qui Nguyen

Directed by: David Leyshon

Performances: November 21 - 25, 2023 at 7:30 pm,

Student Matinee: Wednesday, Nov 22 at 11:30 a.m. & Thursday, Nov 23 at 12:00 pm

Tickets: $15 General Public / $10 students & seniors / $5 High school

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages

What you are looking for in a theatrical experience:

A play with strong female characters…CHECK!

Exciting stage combat…CHECK!

Dungeons and Dragons…CHECK!

We have it all – and more!

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans who, following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly, discovers Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook. Curious, she recruits an avid D&D player to guide her through this unknown world. She finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. This high-octane dramatic comedy, nestled in 90’s pop-culture, is filled with not only all the things’ Dungeons and Dragons has to offer: battles, spells, and monsters, but also explores themes of identity, grief, friendship, and the search to uncover a way to keep moving forward when it seems like you can’t.

Featuring a diverse cast of characters of powerful female warriors, mythical creatures, and even a few demons, the story is filled with action-packed fight scenes, witty one-liners, and a queer love story. While steeped in the world of D&D, She Kills Monsters is a thrilling theatrical experience for everyone - even those who’ve never played the game before. Directed by guest-artist David Leyshon, the world designed by Jay Havens (scenography), Nadine Grant (costumes), Sarah Mansikka (lighting), and Colin Labadie (sound) will ask the audience to engage their hearts and imaginations, and leave everyone feeling hopeful, entertained, and inspired.

Please note this show is recommended for grades 9 and up. There is mature language. 

We don't want to "spoil" anyone's experience of this production; so, we will avoid giving away too much content information when promoting the play. It's often the unexpected, shared moments and plot twists that capture our audience's imagination and create lively debate and conversation beyond the performance.

However, we're also conscious that these moments can be distressing for some individuals. If there are certain themes that you know would cause you distress or discomfort, we encourage you to contact a representative from the Theatre and Performance Program to find out more about the production before you book. You can email us at