Children of God

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Children of God

Corey Payette

About the book

Children of God is a powerful musical about an Oji-Cree family whose children are taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario. Julia and Tommy struggle to survive in the harsh environment of a religious school that is determined to rob them of their identities while their mother, Rita, never stops trying to get them back. The impact of this experience on the lives of all of them is profound and devastating, yet the story moves toward redemption. Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit.

Music from Children of God available on iTunes and Apple Music.

About the author

Corey Payette is proud of his Oji-Cree heritage from Northern Ontario and has worked as a playwright, actor, composer, and director across Canada. He is the Artistic Director of Urban Ink Productions (Vancouver, BC), was the 2014-15 Artist-in-Residence with English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre, and is the founder of Raven Theatre (Vancouver, BC) focusing on new works by Indigenous artists. Corey’s work has been developed at the Vancouver Playhouse, the Firehall Arts Centre, Western Canada Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Urban Ink Productions, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and Raven Theatre. He is currently collaborating on an original musical, Les Filles du Roi, with Julie McIsaac, commissioned by Fugue Theatre.


News & Reviews

“Children of God is must-see theatre for Canadians” —The Globe and Mail
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“Powerful and profound…This is theatre that resonates on a deep emotional level.”—Ottawa Citizen
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“A significant success…beautiful and very powerful.”—Vancouver Sun
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“This powerful musical explores the residential school experience from the point of view of siblings Tommy, as a child and as a survivor, and Julia, and their friends. The play exposes the wrongs done while celebrating the resilience of the Indigenous cultural spirit.” —Prairie Books Now
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DRA0130000 Drama/Canadian
132pp, 5.5 x 8.5 in
5F/4M, musicians