Binti’s Journey


Adapted by Marcia Johnson from the novel The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis Directed by Lynda Hill
In association with Theatre Direct

Binti’s Journey tells the story of Binti Phiri, the young star of a popular Malawi radio program “Gogo’s Family”. After losing her home and family to AIDS and enduring separation from her siblings, 13 year-old Binti finds her way to her Grandmother’s village and discovers a deeper understanding of the power of family and community.

Deborah Ellis’s acclaimed novel for youth addressing the human impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa is brought to life through the power of drama, storytelling, dance and music in an inspiring theatrical production.

“Binti’s Journey is the kind of production that encourages young audiences to crave theatre.” Now Magazine


At the Segal Centre February 11, 13 and 14, 2016
Touring the Greater Montreal Area February 2016

Segal Centre ticket prices

  • Adult $15 (Ages 18 +)
  • Youth $10 (Under 18)

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Segal Centre


About the BTW School Tour

For over 20 years, Black Theatre Workshop has celebrated Black History Month by touring its plays in schools, libraries and community centers in and around Montreal. Our goal is to bring far-reaching and powerful theatre experiences to young audiences.

For school bookings, please contact us.

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Study Guide: Educational material including background information about the play, support material and activities are provided to prepare students for their experience.

Talkback: Should time permit, each performance will be followed by a talkback session with the actors. This gives students the opportunity to ask questions and comment about the play.

Cast & Creative

Adapted by Marcia Johnson from the novel, The Heaven Shop, by Deborah Ellis

Directed by Lynda Hill

Starring: Aiza Ntibarikure, Dayane Ntibarikure, Keren Roberts, Jaa Smith-Johnson

Stage Manager: Danielle Skene

Original Set and Costume Design: Melanie McNeil

Original Music and Movement: Mxolisi Welcome Ngozi, Anthony Guerre

Marcia Johnson

Marcia Johnson

Marcia Johnson is a Toronto-based actor, playwright and librettist. Plays include Courting Johanna based on Alice Munro’s ‘Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage’ (Blyth Festival; University of Lethbridge); Late, (Obsidian Theatre Company); Say Ginger Ale (SummerWorks) and Perfect on Paper (Toronto Fringe Festival).

She wrote the libretti for two well received operas with composer Stephen A. Taylor: My Mother’s Ring (Tapestry) and an adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Paradises Lost (University of Illinois; Musical Works in Concert/SummerWorks).

Linden’s Sister is published by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario in “More than a Play.” Other publications include a monologue from her work-in-progress Jumping Ship in ‘City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists’ (Discord and Din Press).

Marcia’s acting work includes roles in an all-female Julius Caesar (RED Sandcastle); The Real McCoy at Factory Theatre (Toronto)/Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa) and the Toronto Fringe runaway hit, The Gladstone Variations.

Marcia’s work in progress Jumping Ship has had readings in Toronto, London (UK) and Glasgow, Scotland.

Marcia Johnson is the Vice President of Women Playwrights International. Her plays have been featured in the 2009 (Mumbai) and 2012 (Stockholm) Conferences. She presented an adaptation workshop at the 2015 Conference in Cape Town.