“…your ears receive the audio equivalent of a five star dinner.”  

Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

Ghost River Theatre, with special permission from the Ray Bradbury estate, has created a new audio only adaptation of Bradbury’s sci-fi short story Tomorrow’s Child as a one-of-kind, audio-only theatre experience presented to a blindfolded audience. This ain’t no radio play–the quirks of 50s sci-fi are reimagined for a highly immersive sonic environment, created with the latest in sound technology. An unforgettable sonic journey that has to be heard to be believed.

Bradbury's classic short story presents two new parents in an imagined future confronting the realities of their newborn son--who has been born into another dimension. Will they accept the divide between parent and child? Or find another solution? 


Best Technical Design (Matthew Waddell), 2014 Calgary Critics Awards

Nomination - Best Creative Concept , 2014 Calgary Critics Awards

Nomination - Outstanding Sound Design Or Composition (Matthew Waddell and Eric Rose), 2015 Betty Mitchell Awards

Nomination -  Outstanding New Play, 2015 Betty Mitchell Awards


Adapted from the Ray Bradbury story, Tomorrow's Child, by Matthew Waddell, Eric Rose and David van Belle

Direction and Sound Design: Eric Rose and Matthew Waddell

Assistant Direction: Evan Medd,

Production Intern: Gillian Clark

Original Music: Jesse Osborne-Lantheir and Sarah Albu

Sculpture: Emily Promise Allison

Assistant Mechs: Sydney Greene,  Laura Anzola, Tom Cainer, Steven Evanik

SummerWorks Producers: Ayla Stephen and Ava Jane Markus

Presented at SummerWorks in partnership with Dual Audio, Koffler Centre for the Arts and Norton Rose Fulbright

Special Thanks:  Ann Connors, Mandy Dale, Caitlin Gallichan-Lowe, Laura Anzola, City of Calgary.



Tyrell Crews as Peter

Anna Cummer as Polly

David van Belle as Dr. Wolcott

Wren van Belle & Aubery Hall as Py

Additional Performers: Aaron Zeiffer, Helen Knight, Joleen Ceraldi, Evan Medd, Eric Rose, Matthew Waddell, Molly-Raine Dale


Based on the short story “Tomorrow Child” by Ray Bradbury, originally published as “The Shape of Things”©  1947; renewed 1975 by Ray Bradbury. Performed by permission of Don Congdon Associates, Inc.

Praise for Tomorrow's Child

“…an intriguing immersive experience combined with compelling storytelling.” Jessica Goldman - CBC Radio Reviewer

Ghost River has adapted Bradbury’s story with cutting edge sound technology and the experience is fascinating…. It makes for an engaging story told in an innovative fashion. Tomorrow’s Child is different take on storytelling. It is immersive, innovative theatre and I can’t wait for the other installments in the 6-sense series.”  - Theatre Blogger Jenna Shummoogum

“Fucking Awesome”  Audience Member.

“I think I had an out of body experience. Spin more. More GRT.”  - Audience Member

Production history

March 2014: Premiered in Calgary at the West Village Theatre, as part 1 of Ghost River Theatre’s Six Senses Performance Series.  

September 2014: Beakerhead Festival, University of Calgary (with the Support of The School for Creative and Performing Arts)

January 2016: High Performance Rodeo, Vertigo Studio Theatre, Calgary

April 2016: The West Village Theatre, Calgary (with the support of Willow Park School)

August 2016:  SummerWorks Festival, Toronto (part of the National Presentation Series)

February 2017: Undercurrents Festival, Ottawa

October 25th - November 5th, 2017 : Presented by Theatre Projects Manitoba at the West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

March 14 -17, 2018 - Presented by The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby, BC

March 20 - 24, 2018 - Presented at The Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival, Victoria, BC


Tomorrow’s Child is the first instalment of GRT’s Six Senses Performance Series.  The Series is a rigorous exploration of what happens to the boundaries of narrative when you focus on stimulating the audience’s senses.  When you take away sight—our primary gateway in the world— how do our imaginations open up to narrative? How can being deprived of sight prime us for a unique performance experience?  How does the audience imagination/engagement factor into the overall narrative experience of performance?

At the forefront of our work is the question of liveness:  how we unearth and reveal the world differently for audiences based on the immediacy and interactivity of the performance experience.  The Six Senses Series challenges us in our devised practice to break down our ‘total artwork’ approach to creation into its component parts, in order to better understand and trust the imaginary space our audience needs to fully engage in the live performance experience. 

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