Stomp, The Empire Striketh Back and The Anxiety Show

This week is a grab bag of diverse events as Stomp returns to Vancouver, William Shakespeare takes on the evil empire, and artists tackle their anxieties.


Now in its 25th year the international percussion sensation, Stomp (13-15 Jan), returns to Vancouver. The eight-member troupe uses everything from matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and hubcaps as their instruments. The updated show includes two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans.

2William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back

What light through Yoda’s window breaks? With Rogue One breaking box office records in the cinema, Vancouver’s Mad House Productions presents William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back (Jan 14). The saga that began with William Shakespeare’s Star Wars continues with this merry re-imagining of The Empire Strikes Back.

3The Anxiety Show

Megan Phillips and Tonye Aganaba explore a different mental health issue each month, in The Anxiety Show (Jan 15).  As told by comedians who also experience the same anxieties firsthand, this month’s edition of stand-up, sketch, storytelling, music and open-mic focuses on fat shaming.