Growing Up Salty And Other Plays

Growing Up Salty

This is a collection of Meisner’s early plays.   Covers her work with Chestnut Tree Theatre Collective in Halifax from 1993-1997.

The questions raised in Natalie Meisner’s plays will follow you out the door. At their root is the ghost that haunts the modern theatre: What is the role of live theatre in the information age? Why is it necessary? What do we get from the experience that cannot be had in any other artistic medium?


growing up salty

As the plays progress, elements of parody and slapstick are used in tandem with highly-charged dramatic moments in order to challenge the traditional role of the audience member.

(Am I an observer, conspirator, antagonist?)

Two of the plays, “Growing Up Salty” and “Frank PLummer, You Ain’t Dead” are set in rural Nova Scotia and deal with the collapse of the fishing industry and its impact on the family unit. “The Attic” and “The Greatest Show on Earth” were produced by The Chestnut Tree Theatre. “Growing Up Salty” was produced for the Atlantic Fringe Festival.


  • The Attic
  • The Greatest Show on Earth
  • The Family Wax Museum or Growing Up Salty
  • Frank Plummer, You Ain’t Dead


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