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Read an excerpt from Is My Microphone On?

By Playwrights Canada Press Date: October 27, 2022

In his first published play since the Governor General's Literary Award-winning Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom, Jordan Tannahill has created a protest song for young people who have inherited a broken world. In the play, they reckon with the generations who have come before them, questioning the choices that have been made, and the ones that they will yet be forced to make. Is My Microphone On? features a chorus of young performers who hold the audience to account, and invite them to experience the world together anew.

Read a moving excerpt below.


The wind is moving at three meters a second today

And you think

What is the wind exactly? 

And how have I gotten so old without knowing?

I wish you would teach me about that

I wish you would teach me how to live without shame

I wish you would teach me fragility

I wish you would teach me about your first heartbreak 

One day

I will not think you know everything

Or even as much as me

Or maybe much at all

I will be disappointed

In you

In myself

For trusting you 

I will have to change my thinking

Realise I am the adult

I am the one taking care of you

I don’t hate you because you’re weak

Or because you’re scared

Or because you’re wrong

I told my Dad: I know you’re older than me in this life, I grant you that

But who knows how long it’s taken our souls to get here? 


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