In The Dumps: An exclusive listening event

  • May 6, 2023 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Africville Museum

    5795 Africville Road
    Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K
Ticket Price (CAD) Free This event is now over

Part of Climate Change and Other Small Talk

created by Sunny Drake and produced in association with Why Not Theatre and 9 companies around the world

Saturday, May 6th - Every Hour @ 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

Location: Africville Museum (5795 Africville Rd)

Duration: 1 hour

Audience members will have one hour to enjoy welcome/introductory remarks by museum staff, peruse the museum and listen to two audio plays and music while wandering through Africville Park.

Tickets are FREE but, if they are able, audience members are encouraged to make a donation to The Africville Heritage Trust. Donations can be made through the trust’s Canada Helps page or at the museum on the day of the event.

An exclusive, pre-release, listening event!

Presented by - Zuppa, Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax, The Africville Museum and The Ecology Action Centre.

In The Dumps, by Shauntay Grant

In the wake of the Africville apology, a father enlists his eleven-year-old son in an act of illegal dumping to challenge decades of environmental racism in their rural Black Nova Scotian community. Their banter moves between playful and serious as they discuss ways of bringing about meaningful change.

In The Dumps is an audio play. It's like a radio play...but it's not on the radio. Audience members will be provided with wireless headphones and are invited to wander around Africville Park while they listen. By attending the listening event, audience members will get to hear In The Dumps more than one month before its release date AND be treated to another pre-release selection from the Climate Change and Other Small Talk series; Rolling Hills by Carmen Aguirre, produced in Vancouver by Electric Company.

The Africville Museum is not usually open on Saturday. Museum staff have generously agreed to allow In The Dumps audiences to peruse the exhibit as part of the event. Furthermore, staff from the museum will welcome the audiences and give a brief, contextual introduction about the museum and how it relates to Shauntay’s play.


A transcript is available on demand at
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In The Dumps contains mild profanity.
Rolling Hills contains mature themes: military violence with civilian casualties (teens), PTSD, and strong language.

Episode Credits: In The Dumps

Written by Shauntay Grant
Directed by Mike Payette

Jacob Sampson as Dad
Ny Langdon as Nate

Liliona Quarmyne as Mom
Ben Stone as the Security Guard

Jacob Sampson and Ben Stone are members of ACTRA Maritimes and were engaged under Music Code 2011

Mike Payette is a member of The Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and was engaged under the D.O.T. Agreement

Sound design, music and audio mixing by Jackson Fairfax-Perry
Dramaturgy by Jacob Sampson and Myekah Payne

Episode produced by ZUPPA with support from Sunny Drake Productions
Episode Producer & Production Manager Ben Stone

Recording engineers: Ben Creelman and Luke Batiot at Village Sound and Jackson Fairfax-Perry

In The Dumps was produced in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia), the territory of the Mi’kmaq.

Climate Change and Other Small Talk is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council, with additional support for this episode by Arts Nova Scotia, and Halifax Culture and Events.

Zuppa is funded by The Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia and Halifax Culture and Events

Climate Change and Other Small Talk

created by Sunny Drake and produced in association with Why Not Theatre and 9 companies around the world

Feeling overwhelmed by the looming threat of climate change? We’ve got you! Sunny Drake’s Climate Change & Other Small Talk is a theatrical podcast that is here to hold your hand through the scary stuff and entertain you at the same time.

Made by 9 creative teams around the world, these podcast episodes have got it all: from the witty to the wacky, and the serious to the silly. It’s guaranteed to be fun and ignite your inner climate warrior all while offering global perspectives on the climate crisis.

There will be weird sound effects. An angry panda running a submarine. And a 500-year-old tree that… well we can’t give the rest away.

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Date & Time

May 6, 2023 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Venue Details

Africville Museum

5795 Africville Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K Africville Museum
Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax

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