Beyond Walls: Theatre Passe Muraille 1968 - 1975
A mainstay of Toronto’s theatrical landscape since 1968, Theatre Passe Muraille (which translates to ‘Theatre Without/Beyond Walls’) has focused on breaking down barriers—between actors and spectators, for example—while developing a populist aesthetic that has found resonance with both rural and urban audiences.
In Beyond Walls, Peter Jobin considers the fledgling years of Canada’s longest running alternative theatre in Toronto. It is a roller coaster ride of soaring highs and crushing lows, from sell-out shows and innovative new ideas to morality squad arrests and financial crises. It documents the evolution of the theatre’s focus from its early interest in radical American theatrics to its later, Canadian nationalist direction.
Jobin’s investigation shows that, by embracing diversity, collaboration and inclusivity, Theatre Passe Muraille has become a living and breathing representation of the city of Toronto and has helped to change the way Canadian audiences feel about Theatre. The book includes period photographs by Lionel Douglas and Bob Nasmith, and a foreword by dramaturge David Ferry.