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L to R: KAR33M and Kathryn Patricia in Deluge. Photo: Obscura Creative.

Theatre Review: Deluge at Undercurrents—until Mar. 14

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on March 14, 2021

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Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


It’s the best time of the year, Ottawa’s Undercurrents Festival is back — but this season it’s from the comfort of your own home. Skeleton Key Theatre’s Deluge was created through the support of the undercurrents under development program.

Deluge is a rock concert performed by Kate Smith, Scottie Irving, Alex Wickham, Juan Miguel Gomez Montant, and Kathryn Patricia with KAR33M. It tells the story of refugees as they struggle to survive through the aftermath of natural disasters brought on by climate change that has left their homes underwater.

Kate Smith in Deluge. Photo: Obscura Creative.

The show is beautifully shot and may even bring you back to the days you spent on your couch watching your favourite music videos on Much Music.

The bulk of the show’s subject matter is hit in the songs “Flame Within” and “Rising Tide” (which are the last songs of the show). Without reading the synopsis, it may take you a while to actually catch on to what the show is about, even though you’ll enjoy the songs and journey it takes you on.

Deluge is one of Undercurrents Festival’s prerecorded shows (the 2021 festival has a mix of prerecorded and live-streamed shows). The show is beautifully shot and may even bring you back to the days you spent on your couch watching your favourite music videos on Much Music. As the videos move further along in the story they include footage of the impact of environmental disasters to further engulf the audience in the reality of the story being told.

Being prerecorded has its own advantages for this rock concert tale, with the inclusion of different transitions and visuals to help tell the story, but we can only imagine that a concert style show like this would be an amazing experience to see live and in person and is hopefully something we will all get to experience someday soon.


Deluge is playing as part of the online undercurrents 2021 festival. The show is prerecorded. It has performances until Sunday, March 14 and is listed as 60 minutes long but runs closer to 35 minutes. Information and tickets are available online at undercurrentsfestival.ca.

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