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Photography: Chris Hibbs

Presented by Power Productions
Created by Paul David Power
Directed by Danielle Irvine
Performed by Pat Dempsey, Paul David Power & Matt White
Dramaturgy by Robert Chafe

St. John’s, Newfoundland
85 minutes | M


“Crippled”. That’s what the guys in Tony’s small community of Shale Harbour, NL used to call him growing up. The name stuck.

Years later, Tony finds himself on the St. John’s waterfront at a crossroad. Tired of living with a disability, of being ‘the cripple’, and still grieving the death of his same sex partner three years earlier, Tony believes there’s only one way to escape a life he no longer wants to live. His mind is made up, until a stranger appears with other plans.

“It is unapologetic because it is written around the very important fact that nobody with a disability has to apologize for their body or apologize for taking up space.  And on top of that it is such a vulnerable and beautiful love story. […] ★★★★★ would watch again a million times.” – Damsel in a Dress


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WEDNESDAY, February 5 at 7:00pm
FRIDAY, February 7 at 9:00pm
SATURDAY, February 8 at 1:00pm
Arts Court Theatre

Service fees + HST are included in all prices.

*This year, tickets are a “Pick Your Price” model.  All tickets are general admission and priced at $5, $20, $50 & $75.  Choose your own price, no questions asked.  Read more about it here.


Crippled exceeds expectations” – The Telegraph

“This is honest storytelling at its best.  You will cringe.  You will smile.  You will cry; and you will laugh through the tears.” ★★★★★ – Grid City

  • OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION – Fundy Fringe Festival (2017)
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – BEST THING TO HAPPEN IN THEATRE – Overcast Magazine, St. John’s, NL (2018)


Robert Chafe – Dramaturg
Robert Chafe is an award winning playwright and writer based in St. John’s NL, whose work has been seen across Canada, the UK, Australia and in the United States. He is the author of seventeen stage scripts and co-author of another eight. He has been writer in residence at Artistic Fraud, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Forest Forge Theatre, (Hampshire, UK), and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and The National Theatre School of Canada. Robert is Artistic Director and playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.

Pat Dempsey – Performer
Based out of St. John’s, Pat is an actor, whose recent credits include the web series Blue Moon and the television show Hudson and Rex. When not acting, Pat spends his time working as a Lighting/Sound/Projection Designer for theatre, as Associate Technical Director of the Resource Centre for the Arts/LSPU Hall, and teaching technical theatre at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Danielle Irvine – Director
Danielle Irvine is a national award-winning Newfoundland-based theatre director who has worked across Canada for over 20 years. Highlights include six years teaching at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal and assistant directing at the Stratford Festival of Canada for two seasons. Along with her current position as Artistic Director for Perchance Theatre in Cupids, NL, Danielle is also the founding artistic director of SweetlineTheatre. Danielle has also spent many years working in television and movie casting including CBC’s Republic of Doyle and the Netflix series, Frontier.

Kirsti Mikoda – Stage Manager
Kirsti is a Stage Manager with many years of experience across the country. Some of her credits from St. John’s NL include: Oedipus and Antigone (ACC), Parlour Song (C2C Theatre), Jerry’d Alive! (RCA), and the last five seasons of Perchance Theatre in Cupids, where she works as the Technical Director and Fight Choreographer. ​

Paul David Power – Creator & Performer
Paul David Power has spent over 25 years working as a writer, playwright, actor and director. His formal training includes holding a BA in English with a concentration in theatre and a BAA in Journalism. Paul currently heads his own NL based production company as Artistic Director for Power Productions – a professional theatre company dedicated to the development of works and artists with a focus on the disabled Deaf and MAD Arts domain.

Matt White – Performer
Matt White is a graduate of Memorial University Grenfell Campus’ Fine Arts Program. After a brief hiatus from the stage Matt joined the cast of Crippled for its first run at LSPU Hall in 2018. Since then he has had a recurring role on City TV’s Hudson and Rex. When not on the stage Matt is a super busy father of two kids Eric and Emma and energetic Australian Shepherd, Boomer and husband to Denielle Hann.