Poly Queer Love Ballad

Photo by Emily Cooper

March 5th – 10th 2019 at the SUM Gallery


After a playing to sold-out houses at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and winning The Fringe New Play Prize and The Critics’ Choice Award, Poly Queer Love Ballad returns to Vancouver!

Poly Queer Love Ballad is a bold, intimate new musical, merging slam poetry with catchy pop-folk tunes. Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, meets Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter, at a Cafe Deux Soleils. With two microphones, a loop pedal, and array of instruments, they struggle to reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on love. The show explores polyamory and queerness, while aiming to create a new representation of intimacy that isn’t confined by genre, medium or societal obligations.

“The complicated intimacy between old-fashioned romantic Gaby …and polyamorous Nina… is beautifully mapped in Vickruck’s songs and West’s passionate poems”
The Georgia Straight 

“…the tenderness and rapture of this story made me weep big, nostalgic tears.”
—Colin Thomas, colinthomas.ca

Created and Performed by Anais West and Sara Vickruck
Directed by Julie McIsaac
Dramaturgy by Joanna Garfinkel
Original Production Design by Jessica Han
Costume and Set Design by Alaia Hamer
Lighting Design by Harika Xu
Stage Management by Sammie Hatch

March 5th: Preview
March 6th: Opening Night
March 6th-9th: Shows at 8PM
March 9th &10th: Shows at 2pm 2PM

Co-produced by the Queer Arts Festival, presented by The Frank Theatre and Zee Zee Theatre

Location: The SUM Gallery, #425 – 268 Keefer Street, Vancouver BC

This event is taking place on the Unceded Territories of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, səl̓ilwətaɁɬ, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh First Nations.

The SUM Gallery is wheelchair accessible. It’s located on the 4th floor of the Sun Wah Centre, which can be accessed by elevator.

The washrooms at the SUM Gallery are gender neutral.

There will ASL interpretation for 2 performances in this run.