rice & beans theatre

Vancouver independent theatre




Our run of Chicken Girl at the Annex this summer was a great success! Thank you to our lovely audience who came out to support our wonderful creative and producing team, thank you to Vancouver Civic Theatres for providing us with such an awesome opportunity. Here’s what The Georgia Straight has to say about the show:

“A potpourri of oddball characters and occult connections, the play is a sportive meditation on essential human questions, striated by a unique blend of wordplay, humour, and the recondite.

Chan’s script, in spite of its unfamiliar settings and eccentric scenarios, is steeped in human concern. Observations on love, longing, and longevity anchor the more outlandish elements of the play and keep it relatable… Amid these serious reflections, Chan also peppers the work with alliterative songs, puns, visual gags, and a smattering of Cantonese, French, and Korean in speech and supertitles.”

The audience loved it too:

“The best performance of original theatre that I’ve seen in Vancouver. An ingenious blend of abstract expression and raw skill…

“What a great polyphonic narrative Chicken Girl is! I love the juxtaposition of characters and multi media. The interconnecting, woven stories flowed well together…

“We are all still talking about what we experienced, coming back to it, helping each other remember, arguing about what things meant: loved the actors' timing and the playwright's use of language…

Stay tuned for our upcoming production, Made in Canada: an agricultural operetta by none other than the multi-talented Pedro Chamale!

Where does our food come from? Who grows it? Who is nourished by it? Made in Canada: an agricultural operetta is an exploration through text and song of just who it is that works the farms that supply our markets, the journeys that they have getting here, what awaits them once they get here, and what it takes for them to stay. The play brings temporary foreign farm workers centre stage – the unseen people who plant, tend, and harvest Canada's produce. Using their words, news articles, and exploring the legal text surrounding the Seasonal Workers Agricultural Program, Made in Canada weaves together a play that reveals some of the hidden links in Canada’s agricultural sector. It may be local and farm to table but do you really know who picks your produce? Written by Pedro Chamale and music by Mishelle Cuttler.


The Big News

We are thrilled to announce that we will be spending the 2019-20 season as Arts Club Theatre's Company in Residence. We kept it a secret long enough, but after their exciting season launch, we can officially announce that we'll be spending our next season working alongside the incredible team at Arts Club Theatre Company where we will be learning, developing and ramping up for our 2020 main-stage production of Made in Canada. Congratulations to all of our friends in the season who were announced alongside us!