Season: 2019-2020

Upcoming Performances

Broadleaf Theatre (Toronto): <em>The Chemical Valley Project</em>

Broadleaf Theatre (Toronto): The Chemical Valley Project

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St, Peterborough)

Friday March 6 2020

Relaxed Performance

12:30 pm matinée

7:30 pm

Don’t miss the Devised Theatre Workshop: Objects and Personal Storytelling. With Kevin Matthew Wong of Broadleaf Theatre (Toronto). Click here for more information

Located in Sarnia, the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve is smothered by one of Canada’s largest petrochemical corrido...

<em>Devised Theatre Workshop: Objects and Personal Storytelling</em>, Kevin Matthew Wong, Broadleaf Theatre

Devised Theatre Workshop: Objects and Personal Storytelling, Kevin Matthew Wong, Broadleaf Theatre

The Theatre on King (171 King St)

Saturday March 7, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Cost: pay-what-you-can

Please register in advance as space is limited. Email to admin@publicenergy.ca

The Theatre on King: 171 King St, Peterborough

This hands-on workshop uses objects and personal story-telling to get your creative juices flowing.  Broadleaf Theatre’s acclaimed documentary-theatre work, The Chemical Valley Project, will be presented by Public Energy Performing Arts at the Market Hall on March 6.



Emergency Festival #23

Emergency Festival #23

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St, Peterborough)

Friday April 3 – Saturday April 4 2020

From experimental theatre to contemporary dance and aerial circus arts, the Emergency Festival – now in its 23rd year – is a cornerstone of support for local artists creating new work.



Friday April 3rd:

8:00 pm – The Theatre on King

Ebnflōh (Montreal): <em>In-Ward</em>

Ebnflōh (Montreal): In-Ward

Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St N, Peterborough)

Thursday May 14 2020

7:30 pm



Showplace Performance Centre

Mature content advisory: This performance is recommended for ages 12+

In In-Ward, choreographer Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé builds bridges between Hip-Hop culture and contemporary dance, taking the dance of the streets to new artistic heights. With six accomplished dancers, she plunges us into the deep waters of the human psyche, depicting the overlapping of feel...

Past Performances

<em>Trophy (Ottawa)</em>

Trophy (Ottawa)

Fleming Park (427 Aylmer St. N, Peterborough)

Friday October 4 2019


Saturday October 5 2019




Witness stories of life-changing moments of transformation in this pop up living installation at Fleming Park, built around stories by people from our community.  Audience members move through at their own pace from tent to tent listening to stories that capture turning points in our lives.  Th...

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Six Nations/Toronto): <em>The Mush Hole</em>

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Six Nations/Toronto): The Mush Hole

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St, Peterborough)

Saturday November 2 2019

Pre-show chat with curator Patti Shaughnessy at 6:30

Show at 7:30 pm

Post Show Q&A immediately following the performance

Show Length: 60 minutes

Suitable for: Ages 11 and up

Mush Hole reflects the realities of the Mohawk Institute residential school experience through dance, and offers a way to open dialogue and to heal, through acknowledgement and honouring the spirit of Survivors and families that were impacted. Santee Smith is an award-winning producer and choreog...

Precarious2: Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival

Precarious2: Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival

Artistic Director: Kate Story

Festival Director: Ryan Kerr

Friday November 1 – Saturday December 21 2019

Precarious2: Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival is a month-long multi-arts festival with over 50 artists creating and presenting new works in theatre, visual art, music, spoken word, literary arts, and performance. Precarious2 also delivers workshops, artistic mentorships, and panel discussions on t...

New Stages Theatre Company: <em>Every Brilliant Thing</em>

New Stages Theatre Company: Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan MacMillan and Jonny Donahoe

The Theatre on King (171 King St, Peterborough)

Thursday January 16 – Saturday January 25 2020

7:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday

3:00pm Sunday matinée


​A New Stages Theatre Production

In partnership with Public Energy

Starring: Steve Ross

Directed by: Linda Kash

Trigger Warning : contains themes of mental health and suicide.

Recommended audience: 14+

Every Brilliant Thing is a life-affirming story of how hope can be maintained by focusing on the things in life that are profound in ...

Circus Boy

Circus Boy





5:00 PM

A man finds reconciliation with his mother when he and his husband adopt a boy that he’s training for circus school.

When Ethan came into their lives, Thomas and Michael fell in love all over again. Thomas is nervous about introducing their adoptive son Ethan to his mother Michelle, who is vis...