There's nothing you can do

2022 New Words Festival

Presented by Hydro-Québec

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There's nothing you can do

A brand new play authored by Cole Hayley (Playwriting 3, Elliston, NL) and produced by the graduating students in Acting, Production Design and Technical Arts and Set and Costume Design, directed by AK Fournier (Directing 2, Kelowna, BC).

  • April 25 to 30, 2022
  • In English
  • Presented at the Studio Hydro-Quebec
  • Pay what you think

The performance will be followed by No Words, an improvised dance and design piece on April 27th and 29th at 8:30 PM

About the author

I’ve thought about this play everyday for the last year and a half, but I really think I was subconsciously thinking about it long before. Writing it felt like a constant crisis, but I’m also so thankful for the reassurance the process, and the play has given me.

Summarizing what it means to me is hard; it’s a play about how I’ve been feeling these past few years. It’s the cumulation of my time here. It’s an ending, sure, but it’s also a beginning and the boring part in-between. I just hope you all find it funny, and scary, and hopeful, and hopefully it tells you something you didn’t know and reminds you of something you forgot. I know it’s all these things for me — and yes, I’m being cryptic, but that’s because I don’t want to give anything away while you’re waiting for the show to start. I want to be clear on one thing, though; I couldn’t have done any of this without my friends, collaborators and instructors at NTS, my fantastic dramaturge Robert Chafe, and the love/support of those at home. This play exists because of you all, and this play is for you all. So, with that being said… thanks for reading, thanks for coming, and I hope you enjoy the dance. 

- Cole



Henry Beasley A3
(New Westminster, BC)

Charles Brien A3
(Quebec City, QC)

Brandon Lee Carabin A3
(Cape Breton, NS)

Kira Chisholm A3
(Fredericton, NB)

Blake Pyne A3
(Cultus Lake, BC)

Enya Watson A3
(Smithers, BC)


Lighting Designer
Wei Qing Tan PDTA3
(Shah Alam, Malaysia)

Sound Designer
Julian Smith PDTA3
(Norman's Cove, NL)

Video Designer
Brenda Vaca PDTA3
(Tepoztlán, Mexico)

Production Manager
Drew Lyall PDTA3
(Kimberley, BC)

Technical Director
Marshall Kidd PDTA3
(Quispamsis, NB)

Stage Manager
Aidan Sparks PDTA3
(Salmon Arm, BC)

Hair and Makeup Designer
Claire Macaulay SCD3
(Mississauga, ON)

Assistant to the Set Designer
Vivienne Angélique SCD3
(Hamburg, Germany)

Assistant Technical Director
May Nemat Allah PDTA1

Head Carpenter
Jordana Natale PDTA2

Assistant Stage Manager
Matthew Lawler PDTA1

Head Electrician
Caroline Nowacki PDTA2

Head of Sound
Charlotte Baker PDTA2

Head of Video
Thomas Giroux IR


Movement Rebecca Harper, Music Jonathan Patterson, Lighting Design Noah Feaver, Sound Design Troy Slocum, Video Design Amelia Scott (PDTA, 2014), Production Management Andrea Lundy, General Management Kathryn Westoll (PDTA, 1998), Stage Management Lisa Russell, Technical Direction Daniel Bennett (PDTA, 2017), Scenic Painting Véronique Pagnoux, Props Angela Rassenti (Set and Costume Design, 2008), Fight & Intimacy Director Anita Nittoly, Master Carpenter Guillaume Simard (Création et production, 2010), Head Carpenter Christian Larochelle, Technical Supervision Marjorie Lefebvre, Head of Lights Francis Hamel (Création et production, 2011), Head of Sound Bianca Bernier, Stage Carpenter Jérémie Bérubé, Makeup Consultant Ty Wilson, Hair and Wig Consultant Réjean Forget, Breakdown Consultant Mélanie Turcotte

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  • Monday April 25rd - 7:30 PM (preview)
  • Tuesday April 26th - 7:30 PM (opening)
  • Wednesday April 27th - 6:30 PM
  • Thursday April 28th - 9:00 PM
  • Friday April 29th - 6:30 PM
  • Saturday April 30th - 3:30 PM


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Studio Hydro-Quebec
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