The New Canadian Curling Club plays in January

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre bringing comedy to Virden

Arts Mosaic and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre promise a hilarious theatre production, coming up in Virden’s Aud Theatre in the New Year.

The New Canadian Curling Club, playing mid-January, is part of RMTC’s Regional Tour.

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In 2018, the show premiered at the Blyth Festival, in the heart of Ontario’s bread-basket, to rave reviews:

“Hilarious, heartwarming, and important.” “Might be the best new piece of comedy theatre I’ve ever seen… The closest theatre can get to an antidote for our times.” The Stratford Review.

And another:

“Using an ancient sport, which itself was a recreational immigrant, to examine an issue as urgent as today’s headlines is effective and persuasive. And it’s laugh-out-loud funny. Damn funny!” – Bob Reid, Reid Between the Lines.


The town is so small it only has one Tim Hortons. But community-minded Marlene is determined to “diversify” the curling club. She enlists four newcomers to learn the game. But when she slips on the ice and breaks her hip, the rink’s ice maker and former champion curler Stuart MacPhail is forced to step in as head coach. Trouble is, Stuart has some strong opinions about immigrants…

What follows is the hilarious and inspiring story of a group of unlikely athletes who face off against local prejudice and become a true team. Each character has their own story to tell about life, all while they prepare to compete in the local bonspiel, the highly coveted Highlander Cup.

Both funny and quietly moving, The New Canadian Curling Club is a brand new comedy about immigration, community, and national identity—with a heart as big as Canada itself!


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