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Here Lies Henry

November 23 – December 17 2023, Mainspace Theatre

Running Time: 80 minutes
16+ years

Written by Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Tawiah M’Carthy
Featuring Damien Atkins

A Factory Theatre Production

Damien Atkins steps into the iconic role of Henry in Daniel MacIvor’s seminal one-person show about a man alone in a room with a mission to tell you something you don’t already know.

Henry is nervous, a self-proclaimed liar, and compelled by some unknown force to tell us his life story. MacIvor’s spellbinding head-scratcher of a one-man play twists and turns, flips and sidesteps through Henry’s struggle to grasp the meaning of life, love, beauty, death, truth and lies.

Also On Stage


November 16 – December 10 2023, Studio Theatre

Written by Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Soheil Parsa
Featuring Karl Ang

A Factory Theatre Production

Daniel MacIvor’s chilling one-person show returns featuring powerhouse performer Karl Ang.

Finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Monster peels back the psychological layers of 16 different characters to reveal the dark heart of individual experience. With a masterful blend of suspense, humor, and raw emotion, Monster invites you to confront your fears and embrace the complexities that make us human.

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Ticket Pricing

At Factory, we believe theatre should be accessible to all who want to participate. That is why we’ve introduced a sliding scale ticket model. Tickets prices for Here Lies Henry range from $20 – $80 for every performance. All tickets are treated the same at Factory regardless of the price point they’ve been purchased at. Our sliding scale ticket model allows audiences to select whichever price point they’re comfortable with to experience theatre at Factory.

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Masked Performances

The following performances for Here Lies Henry will require all audiences members to be masked while inside the building and for the duration of the performance:

  • Friday November 24 at 8PM
  • Thursday December 7 at 8PM
  • Saturday December 16 at 2PM

Audience Advisory

Mature themes, lighting effects and herbal cigarettes smoked on stage.

About the Playwright

Daniel MacIvor

Daniel MacIvor is a playwright, performer, and filmmaker who divides his time between Toronto and Nova Scotia. He has been the recipient of a Governor General’s Literary Award, the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre, a New York Obie Award and a GLAAD Award, and from 1987 to 2007 with producer Sherrie Johnson he ran the successful international touring company da da kamera. His plays include Never Swim Alone, In On It, His Greatness and The Best Brothers and have been translated into French, German, Czech, Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese. He has worked on commissions for the Wexner Centre at the University of Ohio (A Beautiful View), the National Theatre School of Canada (You Are Here),  Mulgrave Road Theatre (Marion Bridge), the Canadian Opera Company where he wrote the libretto for Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian, and the Stratford Festival where he continues to develop Walker Rhodes a new musical with Steven Page. Daniel’s most fruitful partnership has been with director Daniel Brooks with whom he created seven solo performances for international touring. MacIvor’s relationship with Factory Theatre began in 1992 with the original production of the first of those solo shows House, which was revived here in 2020 as an “isolation version” with actor Kevin Hanchard.  Most recently with producer Marcie Januska Daniel has been running Toronto-based reWork Productions developing new theatre and film, and he is the creative consultant for venerable queer media company Pink Triangle Press creating new media that encourages allyship and advocacy.

About the Director

Tawiah M’Carthy

Tawiah M’Carthy is a Ghanaian born, Toronto based theatre practitioner, notable as a director, playwright and performer. Directing credits include Fairview (Canadian Stage / Obsidian Theatre), Death and the King’s Horseman (Stratford Festival) and Rihannaboi95 (Young People’s Theatre). Playwright/Creator credits include Maanomaa, My Brother (Blue Bird Theatre Collective), Black Boys (Saga Collectif), Obaaberima (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Yɛn Ara Asaase Ni (21 Black Futures, Obsidian Theatre). Performing credits include Sizwe in Sizwe Banzi Is Dead (Soulpepper Theatre). Tawiah is a co-artistic director of Blue Bird Theatre Collective and has worked with various organizations across Canada including, National Arts Center, Shaw Theatre Festival and MTSpace. Tawiah is a multi Dora-nominated playwright and performer.


Damien Atkins

Actor and playwright, miscreant and devoted son. Aspiring Buddhist, runner, bon vivant, lunatic. Hapless but game. Grateful to have performed in works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Wilde, Pinter, Coward, Sondheim, Williams, Shields, Thomson, Kushner, Tesori, Wasserstein, Panych, Stoppard, Congreve, Shaffer, Nicholson, Wright, Fraser, Findley, Wertenbaker, Jonson, and Butterworth, among many others. Marked early by MacIvor and very proud to add him to the list. Dream made reality, actually. IG: atkins_damien, web:

Creative Team

Sepehr Reybod

Assistant Director

Andre du Toit

Set, Props & Lighting Designer

Olivia Wheeler

Sound Designer

Allie Marshall

Wardrobe Stylist

Laura Baxter

Stage Manager

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