Tomorrow’s Child

Adapted from Ray Bradbury’s short story by Eric Rose, Matthew Waddell and David van Belle


Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 23 at 8 pm
Saturday, March 24 at 8 pm

70 minutes / no intermission

About the show

Blending sound art, theatre, and science fiction, Tomorrow’s Child invites audiences into the realm of internal spectacle. This is a one-of-a-kind sensory experience where audience members will be blindfolded and individually guided into swivel chairs, the story unfolding in the sonic landscape that surrounds them.
Brand new parents, Polly and Peter, in the imagined retro-future of 1988, confront the reality that their child has been born into another dimension. Will they accept the interstellar divide between parent and child? Or is there another spacetime solution?

A production for audience members across the sensory spectrum, including members of the deaf and hard of hearing communities, blind or visually impaired patrons, and those with mobility concerns. Please contact the box office for help with any accessibility needs.


“…your ears receive the audio equivalent of a five star dinner.” Calgary Herald

“Ghost River has adapted Bradbury’s story with cutting edge sound technology and the experience is fascinating…. It makes for an engaging story told in an innovative fashion. Tomorrow’s Child is a different take on storytelling. It is immersive, innovative theatre and I can’t wait for the other installments in the 6-sense series.” Theatre Blogger Jenna Shummoogum

“…an intriguing immersive experience combined with compelling storytelling.” CBC Radio

“I think I had an out of body experience. Spin more. More GRT.” Audience Member


Team + Credits

Adapted from the Ray Bradbury story, Tomorrow’s Child, by Matthew Waddell, Eric Rose and David van Belle

Direction and Sound Design: Eric Rose and Matthew Waddell
Assistant Direction: Evan Medd
Production Intern: Gillian Clark
Original Music: Jesse Osborne-Lantheir and Sarah Albu
Sculpture: Emily Promise Allison

Tyrell Crews as Peter
Anna Cummer as Polly
David van Belle as Dr. Wolcott
Wren van Belle & Aubery Hall as Py

Additional Performers: Aaron Zeiffer, Helen Knight, Joleen Ceraldi, Evan Medd, Eric Rose, Matthew Waddell, Molly-Raine Dale

Special Thanks: Ann Connors, Mandy Dale, Caitlin Gallichan-Lowe, Laura Anzola, City of Calgary.

Based on the short story “Tomorrow Child” by Ray Bradbury, originally published as “The Shape of Things” © 1947; renewed 1975 by Ray Bradbury. Performed by permission of Don Congdon Associates, Inc.

About Ghost River Theatre’s THE SIX SENSES SERIES

Tomorrow’s Child is the first instalment of GRT’s Six Senses Performance Series.  The Series is a rigorous exploration of what happens to the boundaries of narrative when you focus on stimulating the audience’s senses.  When you take away sight—our primary gateway in the world— how do our imaginations open up to narrative? How can being deprived of sight prime us for a unique performance experience?  How does the audience imagination/engagement factor into the overall narrative experience of performance?


Led by Artistic Director Eric Rose, with the support of Artistic Associate Louise Casemore GRT is a devised theatre company that creates, develops and mounts original productions through a significant investment in imaginative research and development. We make our work in a rigorous, supportive collaborative-creation environment that recognizes and utilizes the unique abilities of all participants, premiering our work in Calgary and then touring it nationally and internationally. Our work embraces a hybrid of high tech visual spectacle with low-fi theatrical magic. For more information please visit: