Playing With Fire

The Theo Fleury Story

“Actor shoots and definitely scores in Fleury bioplay…Smyth’s charisma and boundless energy make for a breakaway theatrical experience .”

– Star Phoenix

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Theatre Aquarius presents

Persephone Theatre’s Production of

Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story

By Kirstie McLellan Day

Based on the book Playing With Fire by Theo Fleury & Kirstie McLellan Day

Starring Shaun Smyth


January 25 – February 11, 2017

“You want to stand and cheer. And at the end of this electrifying evening of theatre that plays with your emotions as Fleury used to play with the puck – you will probably do just that.” – Edmonton Sun

This award winning play, developed with Fleury himself, tells the inspiring and honest story of how a 5’6” Metis from Manitoba beat all challenges to become an NHL star. Playing in over 1,000 games and scoring over 1,000 points, Fleury won a Stanley Cup in his rookie year and an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada. Performed entirely on hockey skates and synthetic ice, Playing with Fire is a triumph of one man’s spirit.

Mature Subject Matter, Strong Language

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Shaun Smyth as Theo Fleury, © Trudie Lee Photography all rights reserved.

What The Critics Have to Say


For the guys – Seriously, you need to ask? You’ll love every minute of it. And if you are worried that the abuse parts are too much to handle – let me assure you it is discussed with class and intelligence. SEE IT.

For the girls – There were LOTS of female hockey fans in the audience – but regardless if you like hockey or not, this is a fabulous character story that will have you rooting for Theo despite his many flaws. SEE IT.

For the occasional audience – Foul language, some uncomfortable story elements and a two act monologue may make you wary. You shouldn’t be. This is great theatre that will make you laugh and cry and tell you a great story. SEE IT.

For the theatre junkie – This show is a fourple threat (I just made that word up). The writing, the acting, the directing and the set will rival some of the best theatre you’ve seen. SEE IT.” – CBC Calgary 


“It’s a harrowing enough story to be compelling on its own. But it becomes great theatre thanks to Ron Jenkins’ whip-smart direction, and a heroic solo performance by Shaun Smyth, who plays Fleury… You might come for the hockey history, or to see “a sports superstar behaving very, very badly.” But Playing with Fire scores much, much more.” – CBC Winnipeg 


Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story

January 25 – February 11, 2017

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