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Taking Liberties
Campbell House Museum
Toronto, ON
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Taking Liberties
Dave Carley's work stands out for its questing intelligence, warm humanity and engaging storytelling. (Variety)

Nowhere are these qualities more evident than in Carley's drama Taking Liberties. Now set for its fifth Toronto production, Taking Liberties is being presented in the ballroom of Campbell House Museum in February 2020.

Taking Liberties examines five critical moments in the life of a city, when ordinary citizens are forced to make extraordinary choices. The play moves back in time through five decades, showing how the moral dilemmas of one era can impact the events of another.

The uncomfortable questions the play raises revolve around the limits of free speech in our society. The issues the play raises have never been more relevant than they are today.

Taking Liberties is being produced by the Taking Liberties Collective and runs from February 5 to 23. It is directed by Cecily Smith and stars Alison Beckwith, Tristan Claxton, Hayden Finkelshtain, John Jarvis and Cecily Smith.

In conjunction with the play, there are six special talkbacks focusing on issues raised in the play. In all cases, the talkbacks directly follow the performances.

Selected reviews from past productions:

Beautifully written. Taking Liberties creates identifiable human figures who face agonizingly real problems. It is rare for theatre audiences to be so intellectually and emotionally challenged. (Plays International)

The play is as thoughtful and as topical as today's headlines. It is enriched with complications that are the stuff of human drama. They support Carley's points on the danger in prevailing orthodoxies, where correctness is as mutable as a virus. (Vancouver Sun)

Touches upon the principal quandary of our age rights and responsibilities are ultimately about one person's control over others and makes it both abstract and terrifyingly immediate. It pounds on the doors of both the mind and the heart. (Theatrum)

This is a Canadian Actors Equity Association production under the Artists Collective Policy.

The Campbell House Museum  160 Queen Street West at University Avenue. (On Line 1, above the Osgoode subway station)

Performance Schedule

Wed February 5 - 7:30 Preview $20
Thurs February 6 - 7:30 Preview $20 Talkback 1:Beyond the Bedrooms of the Nation: Policing Public Sex in the 1970s and  1980s - Tom Hooper
Fri February 7 - 7:30 Preview $20
Sat February 8 - 4:00 Matinee $30 Talkback 2: The Book Defenders with Katy Swailes
Sat February 8 - 7:30 Gala Gala $50
Sun February 9 - 2:00 Matinee $30 Talkback 3: Journalism Ethics - Janice Neil
Wed February 12 - 7:30 $30 Talkback 4: If Truth Be Told! Margaret Laurence Reading with Beverley Cooper
Thurs February 13 - 7:30 $30
Fri February 14 - 7:30 $30
Sat February 15 - 4:00 Matinee $30 Talkback 5: Esther Arbeid. Holocaust Denial - Now. 
Sat February 15 - 7:30 $30
Sun February 16 - 2:00 Matinee $30 Talkback 6: Michael Bryant- Civil Liberties
Wed February 19  7:30 $30
Thurs February 20  7:30 $30
Fri February 21  7:30 $30
Sat February 22  4:00 Matinee $30
Sat February 22  7:30 $30
Sun February 23  2:00 Matinee $30

Run Time
65 minutes

Because of the historic nature of the Campbell House Museum, this production is, unfortunately, not accessible for persons in wheelchairs or similar mobility devices. Please contact us for any other questions or concerns regarding accessibility.

Content Warning
Some audiences may find the issues and events raised by the play upsetting.

Late Admittance Policy:
Because of the intimate nature of the performance space, latecomers cannot be admitted. We thank you for your understanding.

Refund Policy
All tickets are non-refundable but can be exchanged up to 12 hours before the event starts for another date/time, space permitting, through Brown Paper Tickets call centre only.


Campbell House Museum (View)
160 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3H3



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Campbell House Museum
On BPT Since: Sep 29, 2014
Campbell House Museum

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