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Photo Description:  A cartoon graphic of a beach with a sunset. Two sets of footprints walk toward the water, with one set disappearing.  Art by Matt Hertendy.

An Aplombusrhombus Production
Written & Performed by Madeleine Hall
Directed by Mitchel Rose
Composer & Sound Design by Julien Dussault 

Ottawa, Ontario
50 minutes | PG


After a sudden fall in the shower led to Madeleine’s grandmother, Ethel, moving to a long-term care facility in Ottawa and the two living in the same city for the first time, Madeleine became one of Ethel’s primary caregivers and companions. This time served as Madeleine’s introduction to long-term senior care, deep intergenerational friendship, and, ultimately, natural death. Ethel is a solo storytelling performance about human connection and a tribute to our shared mortality. 

Ethel will be live streamed, March 10-13.

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Ethel will be performed live, streamed online March 10-13.

Wednesday, March 10 | 7PM
Friday, March 12 | 8:30PM
Saturday, March 13 | 7PM


Once you purchase a ticket to Ethel, you will be emailed a link to watch on your chosen performance date/time.


Online ticket sales cut off 1 hour prior to show time.  If you want to purchase a ticket within that hour, please call our Box Office at 613-765-5555.

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“From beginning to end, this show was spectacular.” – APT613

“Hall… creates a full, compelling portrait of the ever-practical Ethel. In doing so, she shows us the ordinariness and enormity of death amid the ordinariness and enormity of life.” – ARTSFILE

  • WINNER, Outstanding Production, Ottawa Fringe (2017)
  • WINNER, Outstanding New Work, Ottawa Fringe (2017)
  • WINNER, Best Play, Apt613 (2017)
  • WINNER, Best New Work, Apt613 (2017)
  • NOMINEE, Outstanding New Creation, Prix Rideau Awards (2017)
  • NOMINEE, Outstanding Emerging Artist, Prix Rideau Awards (2017)


Madeleine Hall – Creator & Performer Madeleine Hall is an Ottawa-based theatre creator, performer, and co-Artistic Director of physical theatre collective Aplombusrhombus. Recent creations have played at undercurrents (Cardinal, 2020), subDevision (Cicada, 2019), Fresh Meat (Folie, 2017 and OH NO! said the parrot, 2016), and Theatre 4.669’s Summer Lab (Maria and the Man on the Moon, 2017). Madeleine’s other recent credits include Sylvia at The Gladstone (Prix Rideau Award Nomination for Outstanding Female Performance) and Assistant Director for Odyssey Theatre’s The Bonds of Interest. She holds a BA from McGill University, and trained in theatre at The Ottawa Theatre School and L’École Philippe Gaulier.

Mitchel Rose – Director Mitchel Rose is a four-time Prix Rideau Award nominee, co-artistic director of the award-winning Aplombusrhombus Collective and a graduate of the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, France. When Mitchel is not teaching or clowning around in the rehearsal hall, he can be found rolling around in the grass looking for bugs with his niece and nephews.

Julien Dussault – Composer & Sound Designer Julien Dussault is a freelance songwriter, composer and musician based in Ottawa by way of The Hague, Holland. Julien has been writing and recording music with art-pop band Pony Girl since 2011, has taken part in multiple Canada-wide tours with various artists, and is the recipient of the FEQ Emerging Artist 2015 Award for having a “high level of innovation and musicality”.

Emily Pearlman – Dramaturg Emily is a theatre maker and educator who develops new work as a writer/performer and director/dramaturg. Interests include site specific and site-adaptive performances, creation process development, inter-generational performances, and incorporating community members into professional processes. She is an Artistic Associate with The Ottawa Children’s Festival and creates structures for youth to find their voice with Youth Infringement and Climate Network Lanark.  
Maryse Fernandes – Assistant Director Maryse is an actor, writer, and theatre artist based in Ottawa. Since her training at the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting programme in Montreal, she has built an eclectic resume in both independent and professional theatre. Favourite roles include Jam (girls!girls!girls! – Cart Before the Horse), Clarice (The Servant of Two Masters – Odyssey Theatre), Svetlana Gouzenko (The Gouzenko Affair – CsArt / Cellar Door Project), Colombina (The Bonds of Interest – Odyssey Theatre), and Suzanne Malherbe (Heartlines – Tactics 2019, undercurrents 2020). Her solo clown piece, Happy to Be Here, exploring the psyche of those caught in the circus-like mental health system was featured at Fresh Meat 7 and was remounted at the 2019 undercurrents Festival Industry Showcase. Specifically through the form of physical theatre and clown, her work focuses on the connection between the performer and audience member to encourage vulnerability, thought, and dialogue around stigmatized topics and underrepresented experiences.