Elapultiek (ehl-ah-bool-dee-egg) – “we are looking towards” – is a 2-person play written by Bear River (L’sitkuk) playwright shalan joudry. It marks the first time Two Planks and a Passion Theatre has commissioned a Mi’kmaq playwright from Nova Scotia to create a new work for the company. The show was a huge success as an outdoor performance last Summer. Now, Elapultiek begins its journey as a touring indoor production.

In the course of the play, two biologists (one white, one Mi’kamq) are thrown together each night to count the swifts, and in the process challenge each others’ way of seeing. It’s a beautiful piece that is funny and moving, exploring reconciliation on a personal level.

King’s Theatre debuts the stage version of this play. Because the play was designed to be performed “in the round”, King’s Theatre will be seating patrons directly on the stage.


In the time of Idle No More, a young Mi’kmaw drum singer and a Euro-Nova Scotian biologist meet at dusk each day to count a population of endangered Chimney Swifts. As the relationship deepens over time, they struggle with their differing views of the world. Each ‘count night’ reveals a deeper complexity of connection to land, history, and ecology, and of reconciliation on a personal level.

Playwright and performer shalan joudry is an oral storyteller, hand-drum singer and poet from the traditional district of Kespukwitk (southwest Nova Scotia). Following years of raising children, performing, writing, and ecology work, Shalan now lives and works in her community of Bear River First Nation, sharing messages of reconnecting to both land and culture.


Halifax actor and dramaturge Matthew Lumley co-stars.

Directed by Ken Schwartz of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre.

Click here to read the CBC story about how this play is inspiring Reconciliation.


TICKETS available online (see below) or at the Box Office (902.532.7704)

  • Member Price:  $19.15 + hst  = $22
  • General Price:  $20.85 + hst  = $24
  • Youth Price:     $10.45 + hst  = $12

Click here to see a PDF of the Seating plan. Let us know your preferred seat and we will secure the closest available option. Tickets will be held at the Box Office for pick up.


shalan jodrey and Ken Schwartz


REFUND/EXCHANGE POLICY: We do not give cash refunds but are happy to give a full credit for future purchases if tickets are cancelled with a 24-hour notice. Click here for more information about ticket policies.

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