Small Mouth Sounds


By Bess Wohl
Directed by Caitlin Murphy

Set Designer Bruno-Pierre Houle
Costume Designer Sophie El Assaad
Lighting Designer Martin Sirois
Music and Sound Composer Rob Denton
Stage Manager HeatherEllen Strain
Apprentice Stage Manager Tali Anzel-Sivkin

A Segal Centre production


“Joyful and hilarious”
Vulture Magazine

“It deserves to be seen and re-seen! …It’s a theatrical experience – you will never forget”
The New Yorker

How do you speak your mind when you can’t say a word?
Shh... Hear that? When was the last time you experienced complete silence? In a world of constant chatter, how long would you be able to stop talking? In Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds, six unlikely wanderers fleeing city life embark on a silent retreat and discover just how hard it can be to keep their mouths shut. Filled with awkward and insightful humour, this unique and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us.

Content Advisory 
The Segal Centre believes that our patrons can determine what is offensive for themselves, and what is appropriate for their children. We prefer not to set specific age-based restrictions but, rather, offer content advisories for each show. Of course, should you be unsure based on the advisories, please contact us and we will be happy to help you with your decision.

Please note that babes in arms or children under the age of two (2) are not permitted in the theatre unless expressed permission is given by the theatre.  
For more detailed information about show content and possible triggers, please see our AUDIENCE GUIDE.

  • Content includes awkward silence
  • Mature subject matter including brief partial nudity; offstage, but overheard copulation; sexually suggestive content; and drug use
  • Use of incense
  • Due to the narrative importance of the act of smoking cannabis in this production of Small Mouth Sounds, nicotine-free, cannabis free and tobacco-free products are used during this performance.The Segal Centre does not condone smoking. 


Small Mouth Sounds - ASL-interpreted performance:
Small Mouth Sounds - Trailer:
Small Mouth Sounds - Set Install:
Small Mouth Sounds - Mindful Minute:
Small Mouth Sounds - Caitlin Murphy & Émilie Hervieux Interview:
Small Mouth Sounds - Rob Denton Interview:



If you’re like me, you’re constantly on the go and dreaming of the next time you’ll be able to take a break. This quiet and surprising gem of a show gives you a hilarious glimpse at what it might be like to go on a meditation retreat. I think I’ll stick to a night out at the theatre to unwind! Prepare yourself for your cheeks to hurt from smiling!



SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York





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