Matchstick Theatre presents Leaving Home by David French

  • March 20 - 31, 2024
  • Breaking Circus

    2164 Barrington Street
    Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 2Y4
Ticket Price (CAD) $5.00-$30.00 Buy Tickets

Matchstick Theatre presents David French’s landmark Canadian drama Leaving Home in Halifax, March 20th-24th and 27th-31st, 2024.


About the Production

Set in 1950s Toronto on the eve of a shotgun wedding, Leaving Home is a play about love, loss, and intergenerational conflict. Fifty years after its legendary debut, David French’s moving and personal depiction of the fraught relationship between parents and their children continues to speak to what it means to be part of a family. 


Staged in the round for a limited audience, our production features an all-star local cast, award-winning designers, and the return of Matchstick’s core team. Join us in Breaking Circus’ beautiful venue (2164 Barrington Street) for this rare opportunity to experience one of Canada’s greatest dramas.


Estimated run time of 2 hours, including one fifteen minute intermission.
Announcement of access measures to come.
The play is recommended for mature audiences. Please reach out to us for more information.

We would like to acknowledge the support of Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.



Shelley Thompson as Mary Mercer
Lou Campbell as Ben Mercer
Sam Vigneault as Bill Mercer
Hugh Thompson as Jacob Mercer
Abby Weisbrot as Kathy Jackson
Sharleen Kalayil as Minnie Jackson
Sébastien Labelle as Harold

Directed by Jake Planinc
Managed by Chelsea Dickie
Produced by Alex Mills

Designed by

Alison Crosby
Jordan Palmer
Wesley Babcock
Kaelen MacDonald

Assistance from

Accent Coach Sherry Smith
Dance Coach Jade Douris-O’Hara
Accessibility Consultant Sara Graham

Poster by

Classic Graphic Co.

About David French

David French (1939-2010) is one of Canada’s best-known playwrights, having won many awards for his plays, particularly the Mercer family series: Leaving Home, Of the Fields, Lately, Salt-Water Moon, 1949, and Soldier’s Heart. Other works of note include the backstage comedy Jitters, a translation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull (with Donna Orwin), and the pool hall drama One Crack Out. He was born in Newfoundland and spent much of his life between Atlantic Canada and Toronto. French was the first inductee in the Newfoundland Arts Hall of Honour. He also received the Queen's Jubilee Medal and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Leaving Home is a landmark play in Canadian theatre history. After its premiere run as part of Tarragon Theatre’s inaugural season in Toronto (1972), the play went on to be produced at nearly every regional theatre in the country — the first Canadian play ever to do so. It also received many international productions, including an off-Broadway run. Today Leaving Home is taught in high schools and universities across Canada. It has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Canadian Books” (Literary Review of Canada) and one of the “1,000 Essential Plays in the English Language” (Oxford Dictionary of Theatre).

For more information on the playwright’s life and work, we encourage you to check out

Date & Time

Mar. 20 - 31, 2024

Venue Details

Breaking Circus

2164 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 2Y4 Breaking Circus
Matchstick Theatre

Matchstick Theatre revitalizes classic Canadian plays and produces challenging contemporary theatre. We strive to ignite, affect, and ultimately transform our audience with every performance.

Matchstick Theatre is a professional Kjipuktuk/Halifax-based theatre company with three core members: Managing Director Chelsea Dickie, Financial Director Alex Mills, and Artistic Director Jake Planinc. Since coming together in 2017, we have produced 10 Canadian plays, multiple play readings, and two concerts, offering a platform that supports emerging and established local artists. We have collaborated with 10 local and nationally renowned playwrights, 20 backstage theatre artists and designers, and more than 40 local actors.


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