One of a Kind

Ages: Ages 4 and up 
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Six performers from the One of a Kind show are standing beside each other, singing.

New and different each year!

One of a Kind returns to the Festival every year with new cast members and fresh stories! Come see why everyone is talking about this exciting, evolving series. Each year offers an entirely fresh cast of characters and never-seen-before tales for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

The world is a spectacular kaleidoscope of people with fascinating stories as unique as every one of us. One of a Kind is created around the true stories performed by the people who lived them; a talented, diverse group of extraordinary theatre artists. 

The storytellers share their one-of-a-kind childhood tales filled with truth, cultural perspective, family languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Chinese, Hungarian), challenge, laughter and adventure. Using physical theatre, puppetry, music, movement and more, they offer an extraordinary exploration of the universal expression of storytelling. Children will recognize themselves and be inspired to share their own stories. Watch the video below.

Commissioned by the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

Producing Company: Vancouver International Children’s Festival Society and The Flame. Created and Directed by Deborah Williams

Country of Origin: BC, Canada
With Roots from El Salvador, Mexico, Brazil, Hungary, South Africa, Ireland

Genre: Storytelling / Theatre

Show length: 50 minutes

Ages: Ages 4 and up

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8 | Grade 9 | Grade 10 | Grade 11 | Grade 12

Venue: The Nest  
1398 Cartwright St 3rd Floor 
Vancouver, BC

Accessibility options for those with visual impairments

Blind and low-vision friendly



  • $12+GST /ticket for one show
  • $11+GST/ticket for two shows


  • Tickets: $13.50 per child/senior; $23.00 per adult +S/C and GST
  • Festival 4‑Pack: (4 tickets to 1 show) $62.00 +S/C and GST
  • Pyjama Night: All tickets $13.50 +S/C and GST

Accessibility Information


Click here to see the visual story with detailed information and pictures to prepare for the experience or decide if it is right for you. 

Lights: No blackout, no strobe lights and no flashing lights.

Sound: Cheering, singing and instruments

Languages: Multiple languages spoken and sung

Interaction: Performers will talk directly to audience members, play games with everyone, walk into the audience and might give them something.

For more info about any of these, check out the visual story.

Show highlights

Show Acknowledgements

Rave Reviews

We took our 8‑year-old daughter and her friend to One of a Kind and we all loved every second. We were blown away by the calibre of acting, singing and musical accompaniment but most of all we were touched to the core by how perfectly and authentically each member of the cast represented themes of multiculturalism, diversity, neurodivergence, family, school life and so much more. 


One of a Kind was so incredibly moving! The stories shared on stage were so close to home for the kids watching. For many of the kids, English is not their first language and to see that representation…it was incredibly emotional and I know resonated with them. Many of the kids are Farsi speakers and I remember looking over at them when one of the actors spoke in Farsi — they were ecstatic. These are important stories for kids to hear. 

A. Ward, Educator