Author: Matt Walsh

Meet the characters: Ali Ababwa & Ali Hakim

Ali & Ali are the creative geniuses behind such Agrabanian hit shows as May the Blood of the Infidel Run Thick Through Streets of Our Enemies, which ran for seven seasons in Agrabanian prime time and earned Three Golden Goats! Some may suspect them of promoting terrorism, some may suspect them of plagiarism – their hit was based on the U.S. TV show 24, where Jack Bauer has 24 hours to torture 17 guys to save the free world.  They stayed very close to the 24 template.  Suspiciously close.

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Meet the characters: Sukhvinder (Suki) Dhaliwal

Suki is a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, acting on behalf of Immigration Canada who is investigating Ali & Ali under PEIU (The Provision for the Expulsion of Immigrant Undesirables Act).  As a modern law enforcement officer, she understands the importance of bureaucracy.

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Meet the playwright: Gary Kirkham (photo credit: Tom Vogel)

“Falling: A Wake” — Meet the author

Let’s meet Gary Kirkham, playwright for “Falling: A Wake”!

Gary’s plays have been produced by over 50 theatres across Canada and internationally, including translations into French, Italian, and Arabic. He’s an artistic associate with MT Space and has helped run their Newcomer Theatre program, which uses theatre as a vehicle for newcomer youth to tell their stories. Gary is also an actor, filmmaker, and video designer.

For more information about Gary and his plays, see his website:

And for more information about KWLT’s production of Falling: A Wake, see

Telephone Madness organizers: Sophie Twardus, Mel Mah, and Michael L. Davenport

Telephone Madness: Meet the Organizers

Whose are the twisted minds behind our Telephone Madness event? Let’s meet our organizers.

Sophie Twardus

Sophie is a KW native that learned French and Polish before ever learning English. This gave her an early start in opportunities for miscommunications. All her favourite board games are communications board games as they tend to be easy to teach but difficult to master. She helped create Telephone Madness as a desire to create space for people in the KWLT community to create and connect during the pandemic.  

Melinda Mah

Mel’s past involvement with KWLT includes: producing shows (Venus in Fur, What Happened in Vegas); assistant stage managing (Bat Boy: the Musical); and Front of House/Trivia Corner (Battle of the Bards). Her catchphrase is “I listened to a podcast episode about that!”. She is extremely good at Boggle — if you challenge her, you will lose. Mel finally gets her turn in the spotlight… of her monitor, running the livestream behind the scenes.

Michael L. Davenport

Davenport is one of the organizers for Telephone madness. As a lover of creative reinterpretation (KWLT’s March Madness wooooo!), he’s stoked you’re all here for this event. Davenport is also very excited to emcee a KWLT thing, because he thinks emceeing is one of the best jobs in the world. (People Are Different. 🤷‍♂️ )