Shove It Down My Throat

Photo by Tanja-Tiziana.

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: A World Premiere Co-Production with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
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 Salazar, Johnnie Walker, and Anders Yates

Set & Costume Design by Anahita Dehbonehie
Lighting Design by Rebecca Vandevelde
Sound Design by Jivesh Parasram

Stage Management by Waleed Ansari
Production Management by Oz Weaver
Technical Direction by Adrien Whan
Produced by Jivesh Parasram & Tom Arthur Davis

Production History

April 2019 • A Co-Production with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre •  Buddies in Bad Times Theatre • Toronto

June, 2017 • Special Presentation • As part of Queer Pride •  Buddies in Bad Times Theatre • Toronto

April, 2017 • Workshop Presentation • Buddies in Bad Times Theatre • Toronto

May, 2015 • Workshop Presentation • Videofag • Toronto


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.