Body 13

About Body 13

… an ensemble triumph...

…tasteful…erotic performance...

Each character is like a chapter, which in their totality comprise a postmodern, post-colonial novel.

~ Waterloo Region Record

Three love stories, a stretch of Canadian beach, a wedding and a funeral...

Rita tries to scatter the ashes of her father. Like Hamlet, she hesitates. Assaf walks up and down the beach looking for something, or looking for nothing. He misses a daughter and contemplates a life lost in the Lebanese civil war. Tristan from Newfoundland meets Ato from Ghana. They have nothing in common, and yet... Iman, a recent refugee from Syria, coincidentally meets her immigration officer Rae. The two women find themselves facing generational, cultural and political differences forcing them apart, or maybe pulling them together. Thomas, the grandson of a British war veteran, prepares for his speech at his best friend’s wedding.

Tackling the politics of the sexualized body — the intertwined stories of characters driven by their desires — propelled forward or derailed ...

An exploration of intergenerational and inter-gendered conflict amongst international cultures where vastly different cultured bodies encounter one another...

Signature physicality and dynamic improvisation tackle the core subject of human relationships negotiated through body language and sub-cultural communication.

Join us on the beach!


Body 13 / Created by The Ensemble

Creative Team

Director / Majdi Bou-Matar
Workshop Playwrights / Joan Kivanda & Gary Kirkham
Dramaturgy / Ric Knowles


Badih AbouChakra
Jessalyn Broadfoot
Brad Cook*
Trevor Copp
Nada Humsi
Tawiah Ben M’Carthy
Pam Patel

*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

Musicians & Original Composition

Nick Storring (Composer) with Colin Fisher & Germaine Liu

Tech & Design

Production Stage Manager / Hannah Metcalfe
Set & Lighting Design / Jenny Jimenez
Costume Design / Denis Huneault-Joffre
Head Carpenter / Gary Kirkham


Andy Wright & Nicholas Cumming

*Body 13 was called Body 13  / The ChangeRoom during its workshop process which has now been shortened to simply Body 13.

Majdi Bou-Matar
Gary Kirkham
Nick Storring
Badih AbouChakra
Jessalyn Broadfoot
Brad Cook
Trevor Copp
Nada Humsi
Tawiah M'carthy
Pam Patel