May 2021


1 Hour Photo

by Tetsuro Shigematsu
May 5 - 9, 2021
One man's quest to find beauty in the depths of a brutal century.

A Digital Presentation  |   A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production

Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu (Empire of the Son), 1 Hour Photo is the story of Mas Yamamoto, a man whose life was swept up by the major currents of the 20th century. From growing up in a fishing village on the banks of the Fraser River, to being confined at a Japanese Canadian internment camp during World War II, to helping build the Distant Early Warning Line in the Canadian Arctic during the height of the Cold War, 1 Hour Photo is a moving portrait saturated with the most vivid colours of our times.

Navigating this new world of social distancing spawned the innovative solution to bring vAct’s award-winning production 1 Hour Photo across Canada. vAct has collaborated with a Vancouver based film production company, Brightlight Pictures, to produce a high quality, 75 minute cinematic adaptation of 1 Hour Photo by Tetsuro Shigematsu. Presented by theatre companies across Canada, the 1 Hour Photo Virtual Tour will engage with audiences through scheduled showings accompanied by a live talkback with Tetsuro Shigematsu.


  • Once you have purchased your ticket(s), you will receive an email within 48 hours with the link and information for you to watch the performance and post-show Q & A.
  • The performance is date & time specific. You must click your link by 7:30 pm (or 2 pm Sunday) on your performance day - you will NOT be able to watch it later.
  • If you are unable to watch the performance for which you purchased tickets, it is possible to exchange to another performance. The exchange fee is $2.50.
  • We recommend that you sign in with a few minutes lead time, in case of any technical issues

If you do not receive the email with the viewing link, or have any questions, please call the Box Office at 204-942-5483 (Monday - Thursday, 1-5 pm, and until 8 pm on performance days)