Tarragon Theatre


This is War

By Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Richard Rose

Winner – 2013 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award – BEST CANADIAN PLAY

2013 Dora Mavor Moore Awards Nominee – OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN

It is 2008. Canadian Forces are holding Panjwaii, the most volatile region of Afghanistan, with very little support from NATO-ISAF. Captain Stephen Hughes is always looking for the next threat, knowing it can come at any time from any direction. He just didn’t expect it would come from within.


“Powerful…. A lacerating look at the psychological toll of combat… an intense 90-minute one-act, tautly directed by Richard Rose…scenes as sharp and fragmented as shrapnel, that come together to form a picture of unbearable stress… the acting is rock solid.”

Martin Morrow – The Globe & Mail


“This Is War is a vibrant addition to the Canadian theatre scene.” – Mooney On Theatre


Show length: 90 minutes, No Intermission


This Is War had its world premiered at Tarragon Theatre in February 2013 and then traveled to Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg.


Hannah Moscovitch is one of the most prolific playwrights of her generation and considered one of the strongest voices in the country. Her Governor General-nominated East of Berlin premiered at Tarragon to great acclaim, and toured successfully for two seasons. This prodigious young talent’s most recent play, The Children’s Republic, premiered at Tarragon in the 2011–12 season to rave reviews.


Tarragon Theatre is a leading Canadian company for the development, creation and encouragement of new work.




This Is War – Technical Rider
This is war – High-res photo