Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world)


It is the night of the end of the world, and three friends isolate themselves in the cluttered basement of a pawnshop. Determined to go out with a bang, they conjure an evening that is both a dance party and a painful meditation on the past, future and the ever-elusive present.

This is how we celebrate. This is what happened. This is what we did when the world was ending.”

Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world) opened at the Chapter Centre for the Arts in Cardiff, Wales and has subsequently been performed in Halifax and in Ottawa at the 2011 Magnetic North Theatre Festival.Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world) was developed as an expansion of a one-act precursor titled Very Secret Ceremony. The one-act version was presented at the 2009 Cooking Fire Theatre Festival in Toronto and at the 2009 Queer Acts Theatre Festival in Halifax.

Winner of 3 Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards
Outstanding Production
Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role – Susan Leblanc-Crawford
Outstanding Lighting Design – Louisa Adamson

Nominated for 5 additional Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards
Outstanding New Play by a Nova Scotian Playwright – Zuppa Theatre Co.
Outstanding Direction – Alex McLean with Ann-Marie Kerr
Outstanding Set Design – Louisa Adamson
Outstanding Costume Design – Leesa Hamilton
Outstanding Sound Design/Original Score – Jason Michael MacIsaac and David Christensen with Brian Riley

The show was made possible, in part, by assistance from Halifax Regional Municipality, The Craig Foundation, Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Praise for Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world)

“A beautiful performance of sadness and depth of feeling that is rare to see in a world too often over-run by cynicism. Five Easy Steps is an affecting and tender portrait of three friends in the imaginary scenario of the last night of the world.”
– James Tyson, Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff, Wales)

“if you only see one play this year, make it Zuppa Theatre’s 5 Easy Steps (to the end of the world)…an original, haunting piece that will stick with you long after you’ve left the misty confines of its Brewery Market “stage”…The music by Jason Michael MacIsaac and David Christensen is both catchy and soul-touching, and the dancing is brilliant, breathtaking, burn-your-candle-at-both-ends-’cause-the end-is-nigh fantastic.”
-Kate Watson, The Coast

#1 of top 10 plays of 2010. “Gorgeous and haunting. A true high point.”
-Kate Watson, The Coast

“Zuppa Theatre delivers an unforgettable sensory experience…Part carnival, part house of horrors, part New Year’s Eve party and part true confessions…quirky and haunting original songs…glittering, high-octane performances…Five Easy Steps leaves you feeling like you’ve been to a wild party where everything went wrong and yet you wished it had never ended.”
-Elissa Barnard, The Chronicle Herald

“This performance melds…words, movement, gesture and infuses them with light, space and music to create an inspired piece of theatre. The inexpressible is given voice and visions long blurred come into focus in Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world).”
-Shaun Purdy, CKDU News Collective

Unsolicited comments from audiences in Cardiff, Wales

“That was brilliant… your Cardiff audience loved it. Bloody nice one.”

“…tonight reignited my passion for theatre. It was thrilling to be there…”

“…I’m not really sure if I found it funny or sad or frightening, or maybe all of the above, but it definitely left an impression on me… thank you.”

Unsolicited comments from audiences in Halifax

“TREMENDOUS! Zuppa is the light of everything that’s awesome!”

“brilliant piece of theatre, phenomenal script work. Very moving. Does Halifax truly know what you do and how well you do it?”

“You know that feeling that you get when a really great book deliciously pulls you into another world? You know how it is: when you finish it, you feel this hollow sort of grief entwined with joy due to the separation between you and this immersive world you’ve been inhabiting? That is the exact feeling I had after Five Easy Steps […] you guys were outstanding.”

“mind blowing! So much passion, extreme emotion, recklessness and total abandon. All things I love!!”


Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world) was written and co-created by Zuppa Theatre Co.

Alex McLean with Ann-Marie Kerr – Directors

Samantha – Susan Leblanc-Crawford*
Jasper – Stewart Legere
Warren – Ben Stone

Louisa Adamson with Brian Riley and Dustin Harvey – Space and Video Designers
Louisa Adamson – Lighting Designer
Leesa Hamilton – Costume Designer
Jason Michael MacIsaac and David Christensen – Composers
Brian Riley – Sound Designer
Verve Mwendo – Dance Choreography
Bruce Barton – Dramaturge
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia and Greg Van Slyke – Mannequins

Stephen Bishop – Poster Design
Sébastien Labelle – Administration

*appears with permission of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association


There are no current or upcoming productions of Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world)

Past Productions:

Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world) had its world premiere in Cardiff, Wales where it ran at the Chapter Arts Centre from September 30 to October 2, 2010.

It then had its Halifax premiere as a site-specific show in the Brewery Market from October 29 to November 13, 2010.