Finding Home: A Salmon Journey Upstream

Our Dora-award winning Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) show returns this spring, May 18-20!

A Theatre Direct production created by Animacy Theatre Collective


Part of the Junior Festival!

Inseparable since they were spawned, Beagle and Sojo are best (salmon) friends from Lake Ontario and the self-proclaimed rockstars of the fish world. They do everything together until one day, Beagle doesn’t feel like a little fish in a little pond anymore. She’s ready to make the big trip for the big “change” upstream on the Humber River. Will Sojo join her?

From one of Canada’s leading theatres for young audiences and nominated for five Dora Mavor Moore awards and winner of Best New Play for Young Audiences, Finding Home: A Salmon Journey Upstream, is a heartfelt story full of child-friendly humour about the formidable bonds between best friends since birth. This inspiring piece of children’s theatre, accompanied by a live band, is a beautiful story suitable for the whole family.

Please be advised: this show contains themes of death/dying.

Sat, May 18, 1:00pm – 1:50pm
Sun, May 19, 1:00pm – 1:50pm
Mon, May 20, 1:00pm – 1:50pm

Cast and Creative Team

Creators and Performers: Alexandra Simpson and Morgan Brie Johnson
Director and Dramaturge: Rebecca Northan
Remount Director: Adam Paolozza
Musicians:  Stefan Hegerat and Sabine Ndalamba
Production Stage Manager: Caitlin Farley, Conner Bustamante (2023), Rebecca Ballarin (2022)
Lighting Director: Andre du Toit
Deaf Shadow Interpreter (Beagle):
Cassie-Hope Aubin
Deaf Shadow Interpreter (Sojo): Juan Jaramillo
Puppet and Set Designers and Builders: Alexandra Simpson, Morgan Johnson and Nina Keogh
Promotional Photographer: Kathryn Hanson (

Special Thanks to Martha Ross

Composers: Anders Azzopardi, Stefan Hegerat, Sabine Ndalamba

Performances include ASL Interpretation.
For more information about ASL performances, click here or on the vlog below.

A hilarious and heartfelt outdoor play exploring friendship, growing up and the annual salmon run featuring puppetry, clown and live music.

Finding Home is the story of two best friends who also happen to be salmon from Lake Ontario. Beagle and Sojo do everything together, as true best friends always do. Until one day Beagle starts to change and gets the urge to set off on an adventure upstream–whether Sojo wants to come or not.

It’s tough to swim against the current of the Humber River and the two face all kinds of challenges together: fishermen, pollution, rocks, rapids and more. But along the way they learn what it means to be a real friend, how beautiful it is to complete your life cycle, and why salmon really are the rockstars of the fish world!

***Interested in bringing Finding Home to your theatre? Contact, [email protected] for booking details.


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