This is Nowhere


Legend has it that, in 1968, a secret organization called The Nowhere Collective attempted to draft a ‘Blueprint’ for a future Halifax, which they hoped to realize by 2018. It never happened. We don’t even know if the legend is true.

Downtown Halifax is the stage. Guided by a phone app, you search through the city of the present, considering it’s past and witnessing a series of encounters that evoke the city of tomorrow. In the process, you can be one of the 1000 authors of a New Blueprint for the city’s future.

This is Nowhere is one of 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

Slated for September 2018, This is Nowhere will feature two choirs and a cast of 40 actors throughout downtown Halifax.

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Dedicated to the memory of The Nowhere Collective, 1968

Principal Writer
Kate Cayley

Conceived and Directed by
Alex McLean with Stewart Legere, Kathryn McCormack, Liliona Quarmyne, Ben Stone

Additional concept work by
Kate Cayley and Susan Leblanc

‘Justice’ scene written and conceived by
Sobaz Benjamin

‘Perspective’ scenes written and conceived by
Rebecca Thomas

App Development
Andrew Burke

Choreography by
Liliona Quarmyne

Xara Choral Theatre
The Nova Scotia Mass Choir

Jason MacIsaac

Musical Arrangement and Transcription
David Christensen


Jacinte Armstrong
Kendra Armstrong
Molly Johnson

Production Manager
Jessica Lewis


Video Designers
Nick Bottomley
Anna Shepard

Accessibility Coordinator
Steve Estey

3 o’clock Communications

Assistant Producers
Sophie Schade, Ariel Bates and Rooks Field-Green

Alex McLean and Anika Riopel