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Theatre company focussing on women's issues, feminism, physical theatre, and experimental performance forms.

MOUTHPIECE premiered as part of the RISER Project
a collaborative producing model presented by Why Not Theatre
with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and Canadian Heritage.

MOUTHPIECE is currently booking tour dates for 2017-2019. For more information and access to archival footage, please contact Kelly Read - Artistic Producer at Why Not Theatre: kelly@theatrewhynot.org


Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text and physicality, two performers express the inner conflict that exists within a modern woman’s head: the push and the pull, the past and the present, the progress and the regression.

Mouthpiece made it’s world premiere at the Theatre Centre April 17 - May 3, 2015 as part of the Why Not Theatre Residency.

Created and performed by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken

Directed by Amy Nostbakken

Movement direction and dramaturgy by Orian Michaeli

Lighting Design by Andre Du Toit

Sound Design by James Bunton

All music is original composition by Amy Nostbakken

The performance runs 60 minutes.


2016/17 TOUR

Klondike Institute
Jan 23, 2016

Pivot Festival
Jan 29-31

CANOE Festival
Feb 4-6

Undercurrents Festival
Feb 10-13

 In The Soil Festival
April 29 & 30, 2016

Fem Fest
September 21-23, 2016

Nightwood Theatre at Buddies in Bad Times
October 21 - Nov 6, 2016

High Performance Rodeo
January 2017

 The Cultch/PuSh Festival
January 31 - Feb 5, 2017



Mouthpiece was nominated for a Capital Critics Circle Award (Ottawa) for Best Professional Production. 

Mouthpiece was nominated for three My Entertainment Awards: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Lighting & Sound Design


Mouthpiece was nominated for six Dora Mavor Moore Awards including: Outstanding Production, Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Performance -Ensemble, Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition.

Mouthpiece won two Dora Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, and Outstanding Sound Design/Composition in the Independent Theatre Division. 

See the full list of Dora Award recipients here: http://tapa.ca/blog/announcement-and-the-dora-goes-to-toronto-alliance-for-the-performing-arts/


Mouthpiece was named one of the Top Productions of 2016 in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star as well as being listed in The Dance Current. Stage Door, and Life with More Cowbell  

“If the Olympics had an event for synchronized swimming minus the pool, Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken would be contenders for a gold medal.”

- Globe and Mail  (Kelly Nestruck 4/4 Stars)

“It’s an engrossing and virtuosic performance, layered with meaning and culminating in a silent scream that any woke person — male, female or undefined by arbitrary binaries — will recognize from their own confused, complicated and conflicting mind.”

- Toronto Star (Carly Maga 3.5/4 Stars)

“Utilizing creative movement and snippets of songs, the duo evoke a unique yet familiar world using nothing more than their bodies, voices and a large bathtub”

- NOW Magazine (Jordan Bimm 4N's)

“It may be only an hour long, but Mouthpiece not only tells a humorous story but formulates essential questions about the struggle any individual has to find a means of authentic self-expression amidst the plethora of pre-existing models of expression.  Mouthpiece is a gift to lovers of boundary-breaking theatre.”

- Stage Door (Chris Hoile 5/5 Stars)

“I can honestly say that this piece of theatre is one of the most exciting things that I have seen in years. The show tells the story not just in a creative and unique way but, more than this, every detail is thought out and has a purpose. There is no extraneous moment in the entire piece.”

- My Entertainment World

“What makes the performance so refreshing is how it so accurately captures modern life from a female perspective, without limiting it to the female experience. Mouthpiece devastates, and yet the message isn’t being yelled through a megaphone, it makes one question one’s own actions by seeing how they affect others. It’s a true lesson in empathy and respect — for women, for everyone. It’s exhausting, not only to watch the performance but to think that this fight is not new.”

- The Creators Project

“Sadava and Nostbakken give compelling and entertaining performances. Shifting seamlessly from moment to moment, they execute gorgeous, fluid a cappella harmonies, unison spoken word and expressive movements. Conveying tenderness and ferocity, their work makes for a truly engaging and evocative piece.”

- Life with More Cowbell

“Despite my best efforts, I cannot think of anything critical to say about this play. For me, Mouthpiece was, from beginning to end, simply a virtuosic piece of theatre.”

- Mooney on Theatre

"Sadava and Nostbakken pack so much power and detail in the one hour of the show, it’s breathtaking. Productions as good as this are why we go to the theatre."

- The Slotkin Letter

"It is superbly written and performed and cuts to the heart of the confusions inherent in being. It is an exploration of the mind, and of what “being a woman” means in our current context. It is entertaining and provocative. It deserves attention."

- Apt 613

"...Wrenchingly beautiful and painful...This show says important things."

- Ottawa Citizen

"Mouthpiece a Masterpiece. Provocative and relevant, funny and horrifying, universal yet highly individualized, and deals beautifully with ugly issues. One of the strongest performances I’ve seen in Ottawa."

- New Ottawa Critics (Ian Huffman)

"A sophisticated, nuanced, complex portrait of the woman's voice. It offers an incisive, humorous, thoughtful, afflictive telling of a narrative that is undeniably true, yet criminally underrepresented."

- Espace Musique

"It hurtled along lightly at top speed, and never stopped being engaging, skeptical, self-critical."

- Edmonton Journal

"Mouthpiece is a tapestry of music, dance and the spoken word on the importance of finding your own voice, the person you are that lives in the here and now, in your own soul and body. Mouthpiece holds you transfixed until the very end."

- Scene Changes

"I loved this piece. I loved the creativity of it; the emotional power of it and the movement that spoke volumes in silence. With simple story-telling, Sadava and Nostbakken tackled weighty questions of mother-daughter relationships, love; frustration etc."

- Lynn Slotkin

"Nostbakken and Sadava astounded me."

- Mooney on Theatre

 "There were some harmonies made by both women that just left me in awe, but the general theme left me feeling somewhat uncomfortable being in the same room as such strong opinions."

- Ontario Arts Review

"A deceptively simple revelation about a daughter’s relationship to french fries as it relates to her mother’s relationship to french fries is one of the most incisive comments about contemporary womanhood that I’ve ever heard."

- My Entertainment World


The Creators Project: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/two-headed-feminist-play-canada-mouthpiece

In The Green Room: https://inthegreenroom.ca/2016/10/26/mouthpiece/

Intermission Magazine: http://intermissionmagazine.ca/artist-perspective/fun-girl-funeral/

GUTS:  http://gutsmagazine.ca/blog/where-is-my-voice-and-what-does-it-sound-like

She does the Cityhttp://www.shedoesthecity.com/qa-mouthpiece-riserproject

CBC Yukon: http://bit.ly/1SdEtzP

Toronto Social Review: http://bit.ly/26gR3Vf

Evi-Dance Radio CIUT 89.5FMhttp://www.evidanceradio.com/home/podcasts/1 

Cinematography by Mike McLaughlin

Sound Recording by Ben Fox

Editing by Jared Raab 

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