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Through the Bamboo
By (author): Andrea Mapili By (author): Byron Abalos
Andrea Mapili , Byron Abalos


Playwrights Canada Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Age (years) 8 - 14
Jul 06, 2021
$18.95 CAD


7.6in x 5 x 0.25 in | 130 gr

Page Count:

104 pages


75 minutes
Playwrights Canada Press
DRAMA / Canadian
Toronto Fringe Festival Patron’s Pick for the Factory Theatre Mainstage 2019, Winner
  • Short Description

In this Filipinx-Canadian tale inspired by Philippine mythology, a twelve-year-old mourning her lola’s death is pulled into a fantastical world where stories are forbidden.

Twelve-year-old Philly is literally pulled into an action-packed adventure while mourning the loss of her lola when she opens an old book and finds herself tossed into the fantastical land of Uwi.

In Uwi, memories are stories, and all stories are forbidden since the datu’s storytelling-loving wife died and his youngest daughter Nale disappeared. Now his remaining daughters, the Sisters, rule with darkness in their hearts. So when Philly appears, the duwende believe that she is Nale and the key to saving Uwi. Can Philly save them all while searching for her lola to bring her back home?

Similar to The Wizard of Oz, the Chronicles of Narnia, and Alice in Wonderland, this unique Filipinx-Canadian tale inspired by Philippine mythology shows the value of keeping memories alive and explores how families deal with loss.

  • Premiered in July 2019 at Factory Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival in a production by Uwi Collective.
  • The story has many Philippine influences but became its own unique myth through the authors’ Filipinx Canadian lens.

Andrea Mapili is a playwright, movement director, choreographer, dancer, and somatic practitioner based in Toronto. In November 2017, she choreographed a production of Cassettes 100, a one hundred–person interarts piece at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. In addition to co-writing Through the Bamboo, she was also Movement Director and Assistant Director. Andrea is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and a Tamalpa Practitioner who offers private coaching and group workshops specializing in embodied public speaking, somatic awareness, connected communication, and creativity for health and wellness. She is a graduate of the Tamalpa Institute and holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Western Ontario.

Byron Abalos is a Filipino-Canadian playwright, actor, and producer from Toronto. His play, Remember Lolo, won the NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award at the 2005 SummerWorks Festival. In 2011, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre premiered his play Brown Balls at the Factory Studio Theatre. As part of the 6th Man Collective, Byron co-created Monday Nights, an interactive basketball performance, which has toured across Canada. NOW Magazine named him one of Toronto’s Top 10 Theatre Artists for 2010. Byron has a BFA in Theatre Acting from Ryerson University, and was an inaugural Bob Curry Fellow at Second City.

“Fun, imaginative, and filled with mythology.”

- Duncan Derry, My Entertainment World

“An immediate hit.”

- Richard Trapunski, NOW Magazine

“An absolutely charming piece of young people’s theatre . . . a story that’s both wonderfully culturally specific and emotionally universal.”

- Ilana Lucas, Mooney on Theatre

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