Deer Woman

Theatre (contemporary, solo show)

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    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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'My name is Lila and I am a proud Blackfoot woman. What I am doing is illegal.' So begins Deer Woman, a solo warrior-woman work of righteous vengeance. Presented by Indigenous Contemporary Scene, ARTICLE 11's Deer Woman is a comedic-dramatic thriller about one of 1,600 officially recognised missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Lila, the missing girl’s sister, is a skilled hunter and a veteran of war – watch as she creates the perfect opportunity to avenge her sister’s murder.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Enter through the main doors of the church.There are 10 steps into the space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
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James Gordon 86 days ago

A compellingly performed dramatic monologue (give or take a few groans from a second actor), profoundly political in intent, pushing at the boundaries of acceptability in both real life and theatre. Is what is illegal always wrong? Many of us would think so, at least in respect of this character’s actions, yet we are led to identify uncomfortably with her and others like her who have no choice but to accept injustice or take the law into their own hands. What could very easily become a crude outpouring of righteous anger turns into something else entirely, rooted in the natural world (cute visuals of deer that aren’t perhaps as cute as we like to think) and finding humour (not always black) in the unlikeliest of places, time and again sidestepping the obvious to disconcerting effect. The climax, while not unexpected, is genuinely (but not gratuitously) gruesome and shocking. It makes the end of Salome seem tame.

Greg 93 days ago

A single woman show so well enacted you feel you could listening to her storytelling for hours.

You won’t want this to end... but when it does it’s a superb piece of theatre you probably won’t forget in a hurry.

Amy Beddows 100 days ago

Powerful, intense storytelling - any praise I write will sound trite and performative but this show deserves all the press it can get. Cherish Blood is amazing.

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Feminist Fringe (5/5 stars) 82 days ago

I didn’t know where to begin with reviewing this performance – captivating feels like an understatement. I quickly became swept away by the story and by the end I had become so immersed I failed to take down any notes throughout. Cherish Violet Blood gave a performance that has been the high point of my Fringe this year, bringing life to Tara Beagan’s incredible writing.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 85 days ago

Brutishly honest, Tara Beagan’s text makes no excuses for violence or touchy subject matters. Why should it? With estimations of Indigenous women missing or murdered in Canada drastically leaping by 50% due to an error of someone not counting, or even paying attention, there’s a reason for Deer Woman to...

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Exeunt 87 days ago

Here’s a fucking cool play. And if that seems like the wrong way to open a review, like I should start by saying, “Here’s a really important and moving piece of theatre that demands to be heard,” then you haven’t already seen Deer Woman. Because despite being, yes, ‘really important’...

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 89 days ago

Lila, a proud member of the Indigenous Blackfoot Canadian people, is recording a statement. Her sister has become one of the 1,600 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, but, unlike so many grieving family members, skilled huntswoman Lila can do something about it. As Lila records her...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 91 days ago

A skilled hunter, an ex-soldier and a warrior with a desire for revenge, this is a woman you don’t want to anger. Presented by the Indigenous Contemporary Scene and Article 11 (Indigenous Activist Artists), Deer Woman is an extreme insight into one life among the thousands of those affected by...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 93 days ago

The Canadian national discussion around the recently-published National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has unearthed deep feelings of anger and shame about the disproportionate lack of safety experienced by the group the report concerns. This one-woman show, performed by actor Cherish Violet Blood, fictionalises the story...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (3/5 stars) 93 days ago

‘Deer’s cry, real deer tears.’ Deer Woman opens with a crack of a can and the words ‘Hey, I’m back, and I brought what I promised.’. A promise that we will all leave asking ourselves how far we would go for fa...

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FringeReview 94 days ago

This year, Reclaiming Power and Place, a report by the National Inquiry into Murdering and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls concluded that three decades of missing and murdered Indigenous women amounted to a “Canadian genocide”. Deer Woman, part of the Canada Hub season at Summerhall, in looking at one of...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 100 days ago

For decades in Canada, Indigenous women went missing and were murdered with little government response or action. Tara Beagan’s play Deer Woman confronts this governmental neglect by focusing on one fictional Indigenous woman’s act of violent retribution against one of the murderers. While an important subject not often staged, the...

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The List (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

Hard-hitting political work confronts violence and misogyny...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 101 days ago

Her name is Lila, and she’s a proud Blackfoot woman, she tells us. Making a video to explain herself to her partner, or anyone else watching, she confirms that she knows what she’s going to do is illegal. But that’s not the same as being wrong. Lila knows that to...

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