Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR) is located on Treaty 1 Territory, and is the only professional theatre company in Manitoba dedicated to producing and revitalizing the works of William Shakespeare.
Every Spring, we perform our signature promenade style of theatre under the prairie sky at the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park, or as we lovingly call it “The Ruins.”
For more information about the History of our company click HERE.
For more information about our Outreach & Educational programming click HERE.
To read our strategic plan see below:
Strategic Planning Document 2021 to 2025
Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR) exists to spotlight the enduring power of classical theatre through the contemporary human experience.
Shakespeare in the Ruins, Inc. is a theatre company dedicated to:
- The production of plays from the classical canon, with a special focus on Shakespeare
- The creation, development, and presentation of Shakespeare-adjacent new work
- The use of environmental and site-specific staging in the production of plays
- Equitable casting that reflects Manitoba’s diverse population
- Creating opportunities for the development and growth of theatre professionals in Manitoba
- Engaging with and enhancing our community
SIR’s treatment and understanding of Shakespeare and the ‘Classical canon’ is one of expansion and inclusion. We seek to challenge and to redefine assumptions of what constitutes Classical theatre in the 21st century. Moving beyond the western tradition, SIR also aims to put Shakespeare in conversation with plays from the Spanish Golden Age, from Latinx and Queer experiences, and from other underrepresented communities and cultures that have been creating dramatic literature since even before Shakespeare’s time.
Shakespeare’s words connect us across the barriers of time, culture and status.
As Manitoba’s premier classical company since 1993, SIR bears the responsibility of unearthing and reimaging texts that might otherwise be forgotten. Additionally, we aim to give Manitobans the opportunity to bring our own cultural trademark to the plays of that rich repertoire.
Moreover, SIR does more than put on plays: we give people a full sensory experience. Audiences don’t go to the Ruins exclusively to see Shakespeare: they want to explore the Trappist Heritage Park and feel inspired by the beauty of Nature. In our productions, the rich imagery of Shakespeare’s words meets the astonishing imagery of the surroundings. Indeed, it is through that unique combination that the company thrives in making Shakespeare our own.
In other words, SIR is woven into the fabric of Manitoban history; and we aim to reflect ourselves in Shakespeare’s timeless works, exploring our rich cultural diversity and contemporary complexities.
SIR seeks to establish a genuine connection between performers and audiences, fostering a life-long love of theatre.
Finally, rather than providing an escape from current events, we center our work inside the realities of our times; bridging the gap between Shakespeare and us; giving audiences a broader perspective and a deeper understanding of his works – as well as a really, really good time.
At SIR, we believe collaboration, creativity and courage are our most valuable and enduring assets – for our company and our world. We place a high value on cooperation, transparency and honesty; and the equitable sharing of our gifts. As in our performances, we prize communications which are direct, intimate and filled with clarity.