Shove It Down My Throat

Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh. Cover photo by Tanja-Tiziana.

Photo by Jeremy Mimnagh. Cover photo by Tanja-Tiziana.

About the Show

A new gonzo true crime docu-play about homophobia, violence, incarceration, sex, and mystery.

In 2013, Luke O’Donovan is arrested after a knife fight at a New Year’s party. The media portrays him as a maniac who went on a stabbing spree. Luke says he’s the victim of a queer-bashing, punished for fighting back. In 2014, theatre artist Johnnie Walker begins writing letters to Luke in prison and working on a new play.

A fierce and freewheeling exploration of a powerful true story, Shove It Down My Throat puts queerness, identity, and complicity through a theatrical kaleidoscope as Johnnie sifts through the different versions of Luke’s story — and the different versions of Luke — in search of the ever-elusive truth.

Upcoming Productions

March/April 2019: World Premiere
A Pandemic Theatre & Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Co-production
Dates: March 30-April 14, 2019
Venue: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St, Toronto)

Creative Team

Written by Johnnie Walker
Directed by Tom Arthur Davis
Dramaturgy by Mel Hague

Performed by Daniel Carter, Willard Gillard, Kwaku Okyere, Craig Pike, Heath V. Salazar, Johnnie Walker, and Anders Yates

Set & Costume Design by Anahita Dehbonehie
Lighting Design by Rebecca Vandevelde
Sound Design by Jivesh Parasram
Fight Consultation by Robin Luckwaldt

Stage Management by Waleed Ansari
Assistant Directed by Rhiannon Collett
Production Management by Oz Weaver
Technical Direction by Adrien Whan
Production Assistant: Chin Palipane
Props Coordination by Vanessa Janiszewski
Head Scenic Painter: Edith Nataprawira
Produced by Jivesh Parasram & Tom Arthur Davis


“Gloriously theatrical… Starkly sumptuous… Gut-wrenching and powerful.”
-Drew Rowsome, My Gay Toronto

“Shove a couple of bus tokens into your pocket and go see this show… A cleverly written journey to ferret out the truth.”
-Stewart Borden, The Reading Salon

“An eclectic and powerfully dark comic drama… Highly entertaining and thought provoking… Exquisite.”
-David Bateman, Bateman Reviews

Trailer (from the 2019 World Premiere)

Production History

April 2019 • A Buddies in Bad Times Theatre & Pandemic Theatre co-production •  Buddies in Bad Times Theatre • Toronto, ON

June, 2017 • A Buddies in Bad Times Theatre & Pandemic Theatre special presentation • As part of Queer Pride •  Buddies in Bad Times Theatre • Toronto, ON


This project has been made possible through the generous support of: the Toronto Arts Council; the Ontario Arts Council; the Canada Council for the Arts; BMO Financial Group (through the Buddies Residency Program); and The Toronto Fringe, Studio 180, Cabaret Company, Canadian Stage, Buddies in Bad Times, and Theatre Passe Muraille (through the OAC Theatre Creators' Reserve).



The Shove It Down My Throat team has raised $500 in donations for the Prisoner Correspondence Project, a solidarity project for Queer prisoners in Canada and the United States, linking them with people the Queer community outside of prison.

Click here to learn more about Prisoner Correspondence Project.