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Welcome to Tarragon Acoustic!

Tarragon Theatre presents 18 plays for the ear – from our celebrated past to the anticipated future – from David French’s Leaving Home to Audrey Dwyer’s Come Home -The Legend of Daddy Hall!

Join us on the second Thursday and last Sunday of each month from Sept – May for our re-imagined 2020/21 season. A season that celebrates the ground-breaking and genre-defining work from Tarragon Theatre’s rich history as well as a glimpse at our future. Tarragon Acoustic features plays from Hannah Moscovitch, Wajdi Mouawad, John Mighton, Joan MacLeod, Judith Thompson, Morris Panych and many more, all presented via Tarragon’s website.

Please note: Access to past plays can be given to new subscribers and school bookings.


What is Tarragon Acoustic?

A re-imagined 2020/21 season!

Tarragon Acoustic is a subscription series of 18 plays for the ear from the Tarragon canon (and the canon to come!) presented online at Tarragon’s website and streamed to you in the comfort of your home!

Tarragon Acoustic will present fully realized audio dramas of the 18 plays from our past to our future, produced with the expertise of Chris Tolley and Laura Mullin of CBC’s PlayME Podcast.

When are the performances?

Tarragon Acoustic performances will be made available on the second Thursday and last Sunday of each month from Sept 2020 until May 2021.
You will have two weeks, anytime of day or night to access these acoustic dramas – from Thursday to Thursday, from Sunday to Sunday!

Tarragon Acoustic Opening dates below:

Leaving Home – September 10, 2020 8:00 PM
carried away on the crest of a wave – September 27, 2020 2:30 PM
Léo – October 8, 2020 8:00 PM
Léo (En Español) – October 11, 2020 2:30 PM
This is War – October 25, 2020 2:30 PM
7 Stories – November 12, 2020 8:00 PM
Sibs – November 29, 2020 2:30 PM
Three Women of Swatow – December 10, 2020 8:00 PM
Fronteras Americanas – December 27, 2020 2:30 PM
It’s All True – January 14, 2020 8:00 PM
Democracy – January 31, 2020 2:30 PM
Lion in the Streets – February 11, 2021 8:00 PM
The Shape of a Girl – February 28, 2021 2:30 PM
The Herd – March 11, 2021 8:00 PM
Forever Yours, Marie-Lou – March 28, 2021 2:30 PM
Half Life – April 8, 2021 8:00 PM
Helen’s Necklace – April 25, 2020 2:30 PM
Scorched – May 13, 2021 8:00 PM
Come Home – The Legend of Daddy Hall – May 30, 2021 2:30 PM


Why does it list June 30, 2021 on my confirmation?

Our online ticketing system is set up to sell you this subscription like a regular ticket. (the date of June 30 2021 is just a place holder, you can ignore it)

How do I listen to the plays?

With your Tarragon Acoustic subscription you will receive an email from Patron Services on the release day of the performance.  In the email you will find instructions on how to access our Acoustic Portal.

Then, simply listen via our media player and enjoy!

If you purchase after the initial release date you will receive an access email within 24 hours of your purchase.

How long can I access the shows?

Tarragon Acoustic performances will be available for one week from the date of opening.

From Thursday at 8pm till the following Thursday at midnight or Sunday at 2:30 pm till the following Sunday at midnight respectively.

What’s included in a Tarragon Acoustic Subscription?

Tarragon Acoustic subscriptions offer access to all 18 of our Tarragon Acoustic plays, including both the English and Spanish versions of Rosa Labordé’s Léo!

Tarragon Acoustic packages will also include Rick Roberts’ Orestes. Originally slated to be our first Mainspace performance of the 2020/21, Orestes is being completely rebuilt from the ground up as an interactive digital experience. Through live video, social media, and direct interaction with the story, Orestes: a Livecast is set to premiere in 2021.

All subscriptions will have access to Tarragon Acoustic Plus A series of additional content with a number of surprises, including interviews with creators, patron hang-outs, and live Q&A sessions!

All of this is included in your Tarragon Acoustic subscription!

Currently Playing


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Lion in the Streets
By Judith Thompson
Available from Tarragon Acoustic:
Feb 11, 2021 – Feb 25, 2021

Reimagined for Tarragon Acoustic and Directed by: Djanet Sears

With Jamaican Language Translation by: d’bi young anitafrika

Translation dramaturgy by: Djanet Sears


Featuring: John David Blackwood
Susan Coyne
Martin Julien
Nancy Palk
Ordena Stephens-Thompson
Nicole Underhay and d’bi young anitafrika

Seventeen years ago, Isobel was murdered at the tender age of nine. Now she finds herself back in her previous life as a ghost searching for the person responsible for her untimely death. But this time she’s powerful, having the ability to watch over the living, observe them, and sometimes interact with them. Isobel has been paying attention to her former neighbours, and it’s not long before she begins to suffer along with them during their dark and horrific private experiences. Will she finally get the peace she’s been yearning for?

In 1991, Judith Thompson received a Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award for Lion in the Streets. Productions of the play have been held in a wide variety of North American locations, including Toronto, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Portland and Vancouver, but also Łódź, Poland. Judith was a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon from 1984-1989.

Lion in the Streets was first produced at Tarragon in November 1990.

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