CGAS RISER Found Festival

This Is the Story of the Child Ruled by Fear

Theatre Tickets


  • July 08, 09:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • July 09, 08:30 pm–9:30 pm
  • July 10, 07:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • July 10, 10:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • July 11, 04:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • July 11, 08:00 pm–9:00 pm


Fringe Theatre Adventures, ATB Financial Arts Barns building, 84 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB, Canada

by David Gagnon Walker
A Strange Victory Performance
Approximate Runtime: 60 Minutes
Location: Studio Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns


David Gagnon Walker has written a play for himself and a gathering of friends and strangers to read together out loud. It’s the imaginary story of an imaginary child in an imaginary land. A poetic fable about how to live with the slowly unfolding emergencies of our world, it’s also an invitation to join in on the artistic process, and a testament to the power of a roomful of people discovering a new story together.

Created by a team of award-winning artists from across Canada, This Is the Story of the Child Ruled by Fear invites you back to the theatre after the strangest year of our lives, gently asking you to help tell a story about worry and wonder, loneliness and community, beauty and fear. It’s an intimate, COVID-cautious reentry into the world-in-common we’ve missed so very much.

This performance involves interaction with our lovely audience. The interaction is gentle, from your seat, and you will have complete agency over how much (or how little!) you choose to interact. If you would like more detail about the interaction in the performance, you may click here to receive more audience access information in advance.

This performance contains themes and images that may be difficult. Make an informed decision about your Found experience! Click the content warning below for more information.

This Is the Story of the Child Ruled by Fear contains themes and images of anxiety, depression, environmental crisis, death, and natural disasters. The production handles this content with great care.

This is an indoor performance. All audience members must be masked while inside the ATB Financial Arts Barns. We will be seating under 25% of fire code capacity to allow for distancing between parties.

Written and performed by David Gagnon Walker
Directed by Christian Barry and Judy Wensel
Multimedia design by Tori Morrison
Physical design by Morgan Melenka
Halifax production management and design assistance by Patricia Vinluan

Produced by Strange Victory Performance (David Gagnon Walker and Tori Morrison). Follow them on Instagram! /

Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts, 2b theatre company, National Theatre School of Canada, and rEvolver Festival for development support.

Additional thanks to Karen Gross, Anthony Black, Marcus Youssef, Dustin Harvey, and our workshop audiences in Halifax and Edmonton.

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We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.