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Blind Date

Blind Date

Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue

January 9 to 19, 2019


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Zone A $49. Zone B $39. Zone C $29

Presented by:

Surrey Civic Theatres and Arts Club Theatre Company

People-watching goes to a whole new level in the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants fusion of clown, improv, theatre, and social experiment that is Blind Date. Audiences vicariously experience all the exhilaration and excitement of new love as Mimi goes on a different blind date each night, with a willing gentleman from the audience.

Creator Rebecca Northan says “The thesis of Blind Date has always been ‘Everyone is loveable.’ There is great joy in leaning forward in your seat and watching two strangers attempt to connect.” About the connection between Mimi and her audience-member-turned-Romantic-Hero Northan adds, “There is only truth, breathing, and profound listening coupled with open-heartedness and a playful spirit.”

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Running time averages 1 hour 30 minutes, no intermission

A Spontaneous Theatre creation by Rebecca Northam

Audience Advisory

Mature themes and the possibility of strong language


7:30pm start time on weeknights—a great option if you have an early start the next day!

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:30pm
Friday: 8pm
Saturday: 4pm and 8pm
Sunday: 4pm

Value-added Performances

January 9: Opening Night
Relax, socialize, and enjoy complimentary appetizers from 6:30pm.

January 11: First Friday
Enjoy dessert and coffee after the show, with a chance of actor sightings.

January 12: Paint at the Play
We’ll entertain your kids (ages 6 to 11) from 3:30pm to 6:30pm with art activities while you enjoy the 4pm show! It’s free with your ticket—call the box office at 604-501-5566 to register.

January 17: Talkback Thursday
Stick around after the show for a chat with the actors.

January 19: VocalEye
If you have vision loss, enjoy an enhanced theatre experience with live audio description during the 4pm performance. Use of equipment is free (just mention VocalEye when you phone to book your ticket).


The cast mingles in the lobby before the show to find audience members who might be interested in participating. Once inside the theatre, Mimi doesn’t reveal who her Date will be until the show begins.


Creator Rebecca Northan says, "Blind Date is not a show about dating. That's just the packaging.” Hear more in this interview.

Tess Degenstein, who sometimes plays the role of Mimi, adds, “It's just about, 'How do people connect?' Spontaneous Theatre company has such a big belief—and we've seen it over and over and over— that everyone has a beautiful story to tell, and everyone is lovable." In this interview, Tess describes how she creates a safe space and still leaves room for spontaneity.


Reviewers have hailed Blind Date as “fearless…and very funny” (The New York Times), “risky and rewarding” (The Georgia Straight), and “a high-wire act of improvised theatre” (The New York Post).