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Spirit Horse

Native American adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor
From the Irish play ‘Tir Na N’Og’ by Greg Banks

The cast of Spirit Horse tableau on the set.

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Grades 4-8

Spirit Horse is a powerful story that chronicles an incredible adventure involving two urban First Nations children. Angelina and Jesse’s lives are changed forever when their grandfather, who lives by the old ways on a prairies reserve, brings them a horse that has mysteriously appeared to him. The children feel an incredible bond to this majestic animal which links the girls and their dad to their Stoney Nation heritage. Is new hope and healing possible for a troubled single parent family caught between two worlds? A highly theatrical and imaginative story in which three actors play over 65 characters, accompanied by a live musician.


Spirit Horse is an adaptation of the internationally acclaimed play Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks– one of Britain’s most successful children’s plays in decades. This rich, funny and endearing story has been adapted into a Native Canadian context by celebrated Ojibwa playwright Drew Hayden Taylor in a creative collaboration with Olivier Award-winning UK playwright and director Greg Banks.

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, Drama, Language Arts, Music

Themes: Aboriginal Culture, Racism, Bullying, Storytelling

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Photos by John Packman

Illustration by Claudia Davila

Roseneath Theatre's 2015 production of 'Spirit Horse' adapted by Drew Hayden Taylor from the Irish play 'Tir N'a Nog' by Greg Banks. Directed by Greg Banks. Featuring Timothy L. Hill (Pa, Grandpa), Dakota Hebert (Jesse), Brianne Tucker (Angelina) and Alex Lamoureux (Musician).

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