The Only Good Indian

The Only Good Indian

Part lecture, part meditation, and part threat, The Only Good Indian takes a radical look at where our similarities begin and where they end. Each night a different performer straps themselves into a suicide vest – and struggles to rationalize to the audience such an “irrational” decision.

Created by 2017 Siminovitch Prize nominee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, 2015 Governor General’s Award nominee Tom Arthur Davis, and 2017 Ken McDougall Award winner Jivesh Parasram. Each incarnation of The Only Good Indian recruits a local artist to step into the radical headspace of a suicide bomber.

“Radical and thought-provoking… Delves deep into the history, politics and logics of occupation, colonization and indigeneity… Resonated would be an understatement.” – Jordan Bimm, NOW Magazine

“If you are looking for theatre that will challenge you, this is a must-experience event.” – Tony Carter, Showbill Canada

“Compelling… Unsettling… That’s a good thing in the theatre.” – Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter/


May 23-27, 2018

The Cultch / 2018 rEvolver Festival, Vancouver BC


Created and Performed by Jivesh Parasram, Tom Arthur Davis, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, & Adele Noronha

Produced by Pandemic Theatre(Toronto)

Presented by Upintheair Theatre and Presenting Partner Neworld Theatre

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