A new—adults-only—holiday tradition from Zee Zee Theatre and The Cultch!

The Cultch is thrilled to present Holiday at the Elbow Room Café, a brand new holiday show from Zee Zee Theatre (Vancouver) at the Historic Theatre from December 10-29, 2019.

(Vancouver, BC) – The Cultch is thrilled to present Holiday at the Elbow Room Café, a brand new holiday show from Zee Zee Theatre (Vancouver) at the Historic Theatre from December 10-29, 2019.

Everybody’s favourite characters from Elbow Room Café: The Musical are back for a holiday extravaganza at The Cultch. When café owners, Patrice and Bryan, and a group of Christmas misfits are snowed in at the iconic café on Christmas Eve, all bets are off. Will Patrice make it to the Christmas Eve Spectacular, will Brian finally reach his boiling point, will Tabby find something to satisfy her hunger, and will they ever find a way out? Featuring songs from the original musical, by Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky, as well as seasonal favourites, this brand new holiday treat will have audiences singing and dancing all December long.

Holiday at the Elbow Room Café is a new Cultch holiday tradition inspired by Elbow Room Café: The Musical, Zee Zee Theatre’s tribute to Vancouver’s most iconic café, which premiered at the York Theatre in March 2017. Written by Dave Deveau and directed by Cameron Mackenzie, husbands and lifelong friends of real life Elbow Room Café proprietors Patrice Savoie and Bryan Searle, Holiday at the Elbow Room Café is a hilarious and heartwarming tribute to the café known for slinging sarcasm and insults right along with its food. A local favourite for over 35 years, Elbow Room Café closed its doors for business in the fall of 2018, a year after the sad passing of Bryan Searle—this show is dedicated to his memory.


“An adoring tribute…flamboyantly fun” – Georgia Straight

(Review of Elbow Room Café: The Musical)

“The play is everything that the Elbow Room Café is: sassy, colourful, musical” — SAD Mag

(Review of Elbow Room Café: The Musical)


By Dave Deveau

Featuring songs from Elbow Room Café: The Musical by Dave Deveau & Anton Lipovetsky

Directed by Cameron Mackenzie, Musical Direction by Christina Cuglietta, Stage Management by Susan Miyagishima, Set & Costume Design by Marina Szijarto, Lighting Design by Taylor Janzen, Choreography by Nathan Kay, Assistant Stage Management by Brynna Drummond, Wardrobe Mistress Megan Leson

Cast (in order of appearance): Tabby – Emma Slipp, Patrice – Joey Lesperance, Bryan – David Adams, Holly and Others – Emilie Leclerc, Amazon and Others – David Underhill



Zee Zee Theatre believes in individual stories that provoke and inspire us, and that foster common understanding and empathy across our diverse human experiences. We are devoted to telling diverse stories and amplifying the voices of those on the margins. www.zeezeetheatre.ca



Since 1973, The Cultch (formally the Vancouver East Cultural Centre) has been one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hubs. The organization operates three theatrical venues, a gallery, and various ancillary spaces in the heart of East Vancouver. The Cultch offers dynamic contemporary programming in theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts, bringing world-class cultural presentations to thousands of citizens each year through its own programming and through providing rental opportunities for community users. Our purpose is to provide a venue for performance that serves a diverse and engaged public and provides space for artistic experimentation and development, building an audience for local companies and presenting cutting-edge national and international work.


WHEN: December 10-29, 2019

Dec 10-11, 7:30PM: Preview
Dec 12, 7:30PM: Opening
Dec 13-14, 17-21, 26-28, 7:30PM
Dec 15, 21-22, 28-29, 2PM

Post-show Artist Talkbacks:
Dec 15, 17, 22

WHERE: Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St

TICKETS: Tickets from $26. Single tickets on sale now through The Cultch’s Box Office: 604-251-1363 or tickets.thecultch.com.