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Expect Theatre’s PlayME - the podcast that transforms Canadian plays into audio dramas - and Canada’s #1 podcaster, CBC Podcasts, announce a new partnership that will see the popular series joining the CBC Podcasts slate for its upcoming new season.

PlayME’s first audio drama as part of the new partnership will be Prairie Nurse by Dora Mavor Moore Award-nominee Marie Beath Badian, which will be available in four episodes as of November 6 on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts, and online at and A trailer for the new season is available now.

In total, five plays from some of Canada’s most notable playwrights will be freshly recorded as radio dramas for the new season, which is PlayME’s second. In addition to Prairie Nurse, the season will feature: Between Breaths by Governor General Award-winner and Newfoundland-based playwright Robert Chafe; What A Young Wife Ought To Know by Dora Award and Trillium Book Award-winner Hannah Moscovitch; The Fish Eyes Trilogy by Dora Award-winner Anita Majumdar; and Huff by award-winning Indigenous writer Cliff Cardinal. Each play will be recorded in three episodes, followed by another episode that features an interview with the respective playwright. All four episodes for each work will be released at once.

The five works encompass a range of perspectives from coast to coast and include a diverse array of Canadian stories.

“We are great admirers of Expect Theatre’s PlayME, and the company’s commitment to telling diverse and uncompromising Canadian stories make it a perfect fit for CBC Podcasts,” said Leslie Merklinger, Senior Director of Audio Innovation, CBC Radio and Audio. “We're excited to add PlayME's award-winning selection of theatrical productions to our audio fiction collection, and look forward to sharing the new season with an even wider audience on the CBC Podcasts platform.”

Expect Theatre’s Co-Artistic Directors Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley added, “We are thrilled to be a part of CBC Podcasts’ audio fiction offer. Audio fiction is making a comeback thanks to the tremendous popularity of podcasts and audiobooks. PlayME is thrilled to serve up the best of Canadian theatre to an international podcast audience.”

A selection of 10 plays from PlayME’s past shows, such as Kat Sandler’s Bang Bang, Nicolas Billon’s Iceland and Hannah Moscovitch’s Bunny, are also available now at CBC's PlayME

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