Project Description:


Quote Unquote Collective in association with Why Not Theatre

MOUTHPIECE is a heart-wrenching and humorous journey into the female psyche. The performance is a virtuosic display of physical ingenuity and vocal orchestration.

In the wake of her mother’s death, MOUTHPIECE follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Interweaving a cappella harmony, dissonance, text, and physicality, two performers express the inner conflict that exists within one modern woman’s head.

Ranging from tender to merciless, with uncompromising precision, MOUTHPIECE magnifies a daughter’s contemplation of her mother, and becomes a rigorous investigation of womanhood itself.

Looking to book Mouthpiece for a tour? Contact touring agent Michael Rubenfeld at [email protected]


The Stage Award – Best Performance – Edinburgh 2017

Summerhall Jawbone Award for Excellence – Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Toronto Theatre Critics Award – Best New Canadian Play 2017

Dora Mavor Moore Award – Outstanding Sound Design/Composition 2017

Dora Mavor Moore Award – Outstanding Performance Ensemble 2015

Dora Mavor Moore Award – Outstanding Sound Design/Composition 2015


Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Toronto, ON, Apr 2018

Cambridge Junction
Cambridge, UK, May 2018

Take Me Somewhere Festival
Glasgow, Scotland, May 2018

Carriage Works Theatre
Leeds, UK, Jun 2018

English Theatre Berlin
Berlin, Germany, June 2018

Carlow Arts Festival
Glasgow, Scotland, Jun 2018

Festival of Voice
Cardiff, Wales, Jun 2018

Written and Performed by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava
Directed and Composed by Amy Nostbakken
Movement Direction and Dramaturgy by Orian Michaeli
Lighting Design by Andre du Toit
Sound Design by James Bunton
Stage Managed by Rebecca Vandevelde

Cinematography by Mike McLaughlin
Sound Recording by Ben Fox
Editing by Jared Raab

“The combination of movement and brilliant voice work produced by Nostbakken and Sadava can be unforgettable; and at its best, seems to speak for a generation.”

The Scotsman ★★★★

“A smart show, beautifully put together and performed, and one that speaks up for all the women who daily bite their tongues.”


“When we first saw Norah and Amy’s breathtaking performance in Toronto we were speechless. MOUTHPIECE touches on every part of the female experience from birth to death using dance, music, and wicked humour with just a bathtub for scenery. The result is a new kind of feminist language which ignites pure, intravenous emotion. It’s impossible to describe and truly unforgettable.”


“Utterly fearless…relevant, vital…may leave you, too, speechless.”

FEST Magazine ★★★★★

“If the Olympics had synchronized swimming minus the pool, Sadava and Nostbakken would be contenders for a gold medal.”

The Globe & Mail ★★★★

“One of the most incisive commentaries on contemporary womanhood I’ve ever heard.”

My Entertainment World

“A searing piece of feminist theatre.”

The List ★★★★★

“An engrossing and virtuosic performance, layered with meaning.”

Toronto Star