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MUSICAL: The Way Back To Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille PWYC)

Inspired by the song cycle form, The Way Back to Thursday is a musical produced by Theatre Passe Muraille about unconditional love that crosses generations, genders, and lifetimes.

Our group will save on the price of tickets by attending a pay-what-you-can (PWYC) performance which you can pay whatever you can afford. If you don't want to line up, you can still save more than 35 per cent off the regular price adult ticket if you buy an advance matinee ticket.



Cameron and his grandmother have a special tradition - movie nights every Thursday. Together they escape into the glamour and romance of the Golden Age of film. But as Cameron grows, so does the distance between them. More information.

Written by Rob Kempson
Starring Rob Kempson and Astrid Van Wieren with Scott Christian and Sam Bisson
Directed by Briana Brown
Orchestrations & Musical Direction by Scott Christian
Dramaturgy by Samantha Serles

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Rob Kempson is an arts educator, playwright/composer, performer and producer. A graduate of Queen’s University, Rob holds a BAH in Drama and Music as well as a Bachelor of Education in Artist in Community Education. He is the Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) and comes to TPM after spending almost three years as the Education Manager at Canadian Stage. He is currently also the Artistic Producer of the Paprika Festival. As an arts educator, Rob has taught for the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, Young People’s Theatre, Pleaides Theatre, Canadian Stage and others. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education (PAONE). As a composer/playwright, Rob’s work include: Spadina to Main (Queen’s University), Ike and Pearl: A New Canadian Musical (Toronto Fringe), Shutter (New Ideas Festival). More Information.



"Rob Kempson’s professional debut as a playwright makes for an honestly touching evening that promises much for this author’s future." - Toronto Star: 3.5 out of 4 Stars

"Rob Kempson deliver(s) a score that…is beautiful in its many melodies and smart lyrics. His acting is just superb and…is complimented by the brilliant portrayal of grandma by Astrid Van Wieren." - Michael Englebert, The New AM 740: 4 out of  5 Stars

"The Way Back To Thursday is endearing and complex." - Mooney on Theatre


WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 2014

TIME: Show starts at 2:00 p.m. Box office opens at 12 noon. Doors to the seating area open at 1:30 p.m. Meet Amy at 12:45 p.m.

WHERE: Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2P3 (just north of Queen Street West, east of Bathurst Street)

LENGTH OF SHOW: 59 minutes with no intermission

PWYC TICKETS:  Pay what you can (PWYC, on average, members usually pay $10).


REGULAR EVENING TICKETS: $32.50 adult, $27.50 senior, $20 under 30 (+ HST)

MEETUP FEE:  No meetup fee for this event



PWYC TICKETS: RSVP on this event page and buy your ticket on the day of the performance.

ADVANCE TICKETS: Call the box office at[masked], press “1”, press “0” or book online. To avoid the $2.50 per ticket service fee, purchase ticket in person at the box office.

Members are responsible for purchasing their own tickets directly from the theatre.

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: Seating is unreserved so members will enter the theatre and sit together as a group.



Meet Amy at 12:45 p.m. in the sitting area to the right of the box office at the theatre. PWYC tickets will go on sale at 12 noon when the box office opens. Amy is short and will be wearing a red Beijing 2008 Olympics cap.

GATHERING AFTER SHOW: Meet Amy in the theatre lobby after the show. If members are interested, the group will go for refreshment. There are lots of choices in the area.




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  • Amy

    Great vocals! Great acting. Very moving story! (I cried) Call and talk to your grandma now, before it's too late! A Thumbs Up welcome to 1st time attendees Annie and Rich.

    1 · February 1, 2014

  • Debra

    I went this past Saturday instead, because my +1 couldn't make it on Feb. 1st. The show was terrific!
    Be aware that it's only 59 minutes long, not 75 as I was expecting.

    January 27, 2014

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