• Preview of Total Liquidation - Alice

    Preview of Total Liquidation
    Pictured: Alice Snaden
    Photo by: Maxime Côté

  • Preview of Total Liquidation - Eliza

    Preview of Total Liquidation
    Pictured: Eliza Bronte
    Photo by: Maxime Côté

  • Preview of Total Liquidation - Tim

    Preview of Total Liquidation
    Pictured: Tim Dowler-Coltman
    Photo by: Maxime Côté

  • Preview of Total Liquidation - KNIFELIGHTS

    Preview of Total Liquidation
    Pictured: The band KNIFELIGHTS Photo by: Maxime Côté

  • Preview of Total Liquidation - Eliza & Shayna

    Preview of Total Liquidation
    Pictured: Eliza Bronte and Shayna Virginillo
    Photo by: Maxime Côté

  • Preview of Total Liquidation - Shayna

    Preview of Total Liquidation
    Pictured: Shayna Virginillo
    Photo by: Maxime Côté

  • poster

    Illustration by: Zela Lobb

  • Rehearsal

    Rehearsal for Total Liquidation
    Pictured: Alice Snaden
    Photo by: Maxime Côté

  • Total Liquidation Set Design

    Preliminary Set Design for Total Liquidation
    Set Design by Bradley Murphy

  • Total Liquidation Costume Design

    Costume design by Sunny Doyle

Graduating class performances


Total Liquidation

Written and directed by Jordan Tannahill with the Acting class of 2016

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from October 20 to October 24, 2015

For an immersive experience as intended by the director, we invite you to join us 30 minutes before the performance starts to take advantage of the bar within the venue space.

Tuesday October 20: 8 pm

Wednesday October 21: 8 pm

Thursday October 22: 8 pm

Friday October 23: 8 pm

Saturday October 24: 3:30 pm


Studio Hydro-Québec

1182, St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal
St. Laurent or Place d'Armes Metro

Ticket price: $10

This show contains mature content, explicit language, loud music, haze, strobe lighting, and the smoking of herbal cigarettes.

Telephone reservations:

514-871-2224 | 1-866-844-2172

A $3,50 handling fee will be applied to tickets reserved by phone.


It’s standing room only at Total Liquidation! Come for the music and the beer, stay for the drama. Inspired by Montreal, its rich indie music scene and the recent Quebec student protest movement, playwright Jordan Tannahill collaborated with the 11 graduating students of the NTS Acting program, over their 3-year training, to create Total Liquidation. This high-octane, devised play, carried by two live student-led punk and electropop bands, within an immersive, 360 degree environment, will be presented from October 20 to 24, at the Hydro-Québec Studio of the Monument-National.

Total Liquidation takes place in one single, charged night, as a group of young activists and musicians occupy their own underground performance space called Total Liquidation. They are being evicted and the building, sold to a condo developer, is now slated for demolition; tensions escalate to the breaking point as loyalties are put to the test.

“While the show is set in Montreal and is very much a love letter to this city, Total Liquidation is also a parable of how our ideals change as we grow older. It explores what we lose when the places that come to define us disappear,” explained playwright and director Jordan Tannahill, who had a real desire to give voice to youth subculture. He tapped into the NTS Acting graduating students’ wish to engage thoughtfully with the politics of the day, on the heels of the Quebec student protests of 2012 and 2014, the Arab Spring, Idle No More and the Occupy movement.

Jordan Tannahill was struck by the musical virtuosity of the Acting students and he wanted to feature their talent. The songs played by the two bands in Total Liquidation are written, composed and performed live by some of the cast members, who worked under the mentorship of Amy Millan from the Montreal band Stars as well as with musician and Set Designer Brad Murphy.

“Jordan Tannahill was the perfect choice to work with the graduating students on this long-term, three-year project. He creates from a place of authenticity rather than imitating anyone else,” adds Alisa Palmer, Artistic Director of the English section of NTS. “Jordan is recognized as a young artistic voice that sees theatre as a truly collaborative art and as a vital part of society, which mirrors my own values and those of NTS. I also knew he would be able to keep a real a sense of humor within the team as they grappled with high-stake, emotional issues that impact our lives today.”


Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, theatre director and filmmaker. The Globe and Mail recently called Jordan "...the poster child of a new generation of artists for whom "interdisciplinary" is not a buzzword, but a way of life". In collaboration with William Ellis, Jordan runs the alternative art space Videofag, out of a defunct barbershop in Toronto's Kensington Market. His plays have been presented across Canada, and his films have been exhibited at venues such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the British Film Institute. Jordan received a 2014 Governor Generals Award for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays, the 2014 John Hirsch Prize for directing, and Dora Awards for his plays rihannaboi95 in 2013 and Concord Floral in 2015. Earlier this year, his production of Sheila Heti's All Our Happy Days Are Stupid enjoyed sold out runs at Harbourfront Centre's World Stage and The Kitchen in New York City. His book Theatre of the Unimpressed: In Search of Vital Drama was published by Coach House Press in April and was hailed as “…essential reading for anybody interested in the state of contemporary theatre and performance" by The Globe and Mail.

2016 Graduating Actors

Erik Berg
Eliza Bulchak-Healy
Mark Correia
Tim Dowler-Coltman
Douglas Ennenberg
Christina Fox
Nicholas Nahwegahbow
Alice Snaden
Benjamin Sutherland
Maddalena Vallecchi Williams
Shayna Virginillo

Design/Production Team

Brad Murphy
Set Designer

Gillian Nasser
Set Assistant

Sunny Doyle
Costume Designer

Adriana Bogaard
Costume Assistant

Thomas Geddes
Lighting Designer

Jessie Paynter
Sound Designer

David Costello
Video Designer

Brooklyne Alexander
Technical Director

Kate Hennigar
Production Manager

Steven Smits
Stage Manager

Martin Nishikawa
Assitant Stage Manager

Haylee Tucker
Assistant Stage Manager