The Unnatural Disaster Theatre Co.
Originally founded in 2019 by Logan Robins, Linda Meian, and Zach Levin- The Unnatural Disaster Theatre Company has become one of Nova Scotia’s freshest and most groundbreaking indie theatre makers. With a deeply rooted focus on the environment and social justice (both on and off stage)- this eclectic collective of artists strives to produce meaningful work that can entertain, educate, and make an impact within their community.
Since their inception, The Unnatural Disaster Theatre Company has actively collaborated with more than 40 local artists including playwrights, puppeteers, actors, musicians, choreographers, designers, and more! They have also worked closely to create theatre alongside outstanding organizations such as Shakespeare by the Sea, The Ecology Action Centre, and Halifax Regional Arts.
With a passion for music, puppetry, and devised creation- the company has crafted and shared five original productions since their inception and have strived with each to make a tangible positive impact! This has included raising money and awareness for charitable organisations related to the projects- such as Oxfam Canada (Support for Covid-19 relief in India), African Wildlife Foundation (for Hippo conservation), and the Bryony House (a local women’s shelter in Halifax).
Most recently The Unnatural Disaster Theatre Company produced and performed the original site-specific musical, Hippoposthumous, written and directed by Logan Robins, at the 2021 Halifax Fringe Festival. This production was certified as a ‘fringe hit’ and was one of the highest grossing shows of the festival. The life of Hippoposthumous is continuing to grow in exciting ways through a school tour and workshop series across the HRM in April 2022 and a professional maritime summer tour making a splash July-August 2022.
Other notable work from the past 3 years includes:
Primal- An immersive site specific performance that explored the cost of convenience when we order online. A part of the 2022 Mayworks Festival.
The Encounters of an Adventurous Snail- An original shadow puppetry musical based on the poetry of Federico García Lorca performed at the 2019 Halifax Fringe.
What the Owl said to the Orangutan- An original life-size immersive puppetry piece about human encroachment into natural spaces and extinction. Created in collaboration with The Ecology Action Centre and performed at Nocturne 2019.
Forest Town- An original anthology play exploring systemic abuse against women through history. Created with support from Shakespeare by the Sea in February 2020.
The Butterfly Effect- An original digital devised ‘choose-you-own-adventure’ play that was interacted with by audiences live over Instagram during the 2020 Halifax Fringe.