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

Land Acknowledgment

Neworld is grateful to create our work on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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