Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter with the End of the World


Something unsettling has crept into the neighbourhood. It’s a feeling, a suspicion that disappears when you look at it directly. Patrice Balbina has noticed that small things are starting to disappear. The butcher lost his laugh, the man with the pigeon is losing his patience, and Dad says the government has lost its mind. Even the love of her life seems to be a little further away each day. But you wouldn’t expect the end of the world. Then it rang the doorbell.

Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter With The End Of The World is a unique collaboration between artists from six leading international theatre companies. ATYP’s Artistic Director Fraser Corfield is collaborating with professional artists from Pilot Theatre (UK), Teatro O Bando (Portugal), Elsinor Teatro Stabile d’Innovazione (Italy), Dynamo Theatre (Canada – Montreal) and Playhouse Theatre (Canada – Vancouver) to devise this new work that will premiere at ATYP before transferring to Vancouver. The final chapter of the three-year international collaboration Documents of Poverty of Hope, supported through the European Union’s Cultural Fund, this extraordinary work looks at immigration and emigration from a global perspective.
by Tony Davis, adapted by Mark Kilmurry

Brothers George and Beeper wait anxiously day after day for their father to come home. If they are discovered on their own it would mean the end of everything. Then a girl breaks in. Two’s company but three is a problem.

A haunting and exquisitely written story that will leave readers wondering if this could be our future.

Kid's Book Review

an earnest portrayal of the plight of those who had fallen victim to unjust and illegal persecution

Suzy Goes See

Funny, surprising and deeply moving, audiences will see themselves in Patrice, a young Australian girl just like any other

audrey journal

A multi-lingual performance which is based on interviews with young people and written by the cast.


Cast & Creative Team

Fraser Corfield
Dirk Nelder
Odette Bereska
Raul Atalaia
Guiditta Mingucci
Mandy Smith

Yves Simard
Emilie Leclerc
Holly Fraser
Jacqueline Gosselin
Ben Pugh
Pru Montin
Sven Laude

Image Credit

Amelia J Dowd

Production Images
Ben Pugh

Past Productions