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Through the Bamboo

Through the Bamboo

By Andrea Mapili & Byron Abalos
Subjects: Ontario Playwrights, Asian Canadian Playwrights, Theatre for Young Audiences, By Age — 8–10, Death, Grief & Loss, By Age — 11–14, Women Writers
Casting: 7 f, 3 m
Duration: 75 hours
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369102461, 104 pages, July 2021
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369102478, July 2021
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369102485, July 2021


  • Winner, Toronto Fringe Festival Patron’s Pick for the Factory Theatre Mainstage 2019


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.


“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

“Fun, imaginative, and filled with mythology.”

- Duncan Derry, My Entertainment World