Observatory Mansions tickets on sale now!

The Villains Theatre returns LIVE to the stage
with the world premiere of


Based on the novel Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey
Adapted and Directed by Dan Bray

The Villains Theatre is returning to live performance with the world premiere of a new tragicomedy. In the particular yet hauntingly recognizable world of Observatory Mansions, a group of isolated apartment-dwellers are shocked when their silent decaying entropy is disrupted by a new tenant who just might be able to break down their long-established walls.


Based on Edward Carey’s celebrated 2000 novel, Observatory Mansions centres on a group of recluses living alone together in an ancestral home-turned-slum building. A new tenant’s unexpected arrival ushers in an age of upheaval, forever altering the estranged residents and bringing forbidden secrets to light. Against a backdrop of decay, isolation, and urban development, the story explores the weight of memory, the struggle for human connection, and the potential of transformation.

Observatory Mansions will be staged at DANSpace on Grafton St, Kjipuktuk/Halifax, well within all COVID-19 protocol guidelines. With limited, socially-distanced audience seating, contact tracing and staggered arrival times. The company’s priority is keeping audiences safe while delivering accessible, professional live theatre. The venue will be wheelchair accessible, and all washrooms in the theatre are gender neutral.

CONTENT WARNING: This production is intended for mature audiences and deals with difficult subject matter and highly sensitive material, including assault, death, and abuse. For more information please click here. If you have any concerns or questions, or if you would like to chat about the content of the play, please reach out to hello@villainstheatre.com.
Performance Schedule:
Thursday, April 22nd, 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 22nd, 8:00 PM
Friday, April 23rd, 8:00 PM 
Saturday, April 24th, 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 24th, 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 25th, 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 25th, 8:00 PM

Playing at DANSpace, 1531 Grafton St.
Sliding Scale Tickets: $0, $10, $20, $50

Laura Bain as Anna Tap
Burgandy Code as Mother
Pasha Ebrahimi as Porter
Colleen MacIsaac as Francis Orme
Linda Meian as Twenty
Ryan Rogersonas Father
Jeff Schwager as Peter Bugg
Julia Williams as Claire Higg

Written and Directed by Dan Bray
Assistant Direction and Movement by Rebecca Wolfe
Stage Management by Olivia Rankin
Accessibility Coordination by Sara Graham
Production Management by Colleen MacIsaac
Technical Direction by Matt Downey
Set Design by Katrin Whitehead
Props Assistance by Patricia Vinluan
Sound Design by Jenny Trites
Costumes by Noella Murphy
Lighting Design by Vicky Williams
Makeup Design by Madeleine Tench
Fight Direction by Karen Bassett
Intimacy Direction by Samantha Wilson

Tickets will be on sale until 2 hours before showtime. No tickets can be purchased at the door.

No latecomers will be admitted.