Outside the March & TO Live present the World Premiere of New Theatrical Feature Film

Lessons in Temperament

Happening in the Lyric Theatre

Presented in partnership with Soulpepper Theatre Company, TO Live, The Rose Theatre, The Stratford Festival, Crow’s Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Mirvish Productions, The Harbourfront Centre and Talk is Free Theatre.


About the Film

The story of four neurodiverse brothers, Lessons in Temperament is a cinematic escape into the art and science of piano tuning and the precarious landscapes of the mind. An instrument goes out of tune whether or not anyone plays it – something that musician and theatre-maker James Smith knows all too well. So, after months of being unemployed during the pandemic, he decides that he will spend his lockdown visiting shuttered theatres and doing what he can to keep their pianos in tune. This ritual soon unlocks James’ own search for balance, growing up as one of four brothers living with obsessive-compulsive disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

Starring James Smith and directed by Outside the March Artistic Director Mitchell Cushman, Lessons in Temperament was adapted by its creators for film from the award-winning play. The piece offers an urgent and cathartic story that takes the audience inside Smith’s experience as a man whose life has been shaped by mental discord, and who as an artist, seeks to find meaning within the chaos. In adapting the material to the screen, the pair worked closely with accomplished director of photography Gabriela Osio Vanden (NUISANCE BEAR, TIFF). Together their work brings audiences inside a dozen of Ontario’s most iconic theatres - courtesy of The Stratford Festival Theatre, Mirvish Productions, Soulpepper Theatre, The Harbourfront Centre, Crow’s Theatre, TO Live, The Rose Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille and Talk is Free Theatre.


100% of all box office proceeds from each screening will go to a different mental-health-affiliated charity, including CAMH, EveryMind, Homes First, Kerry’s Place, and Stella’s Place.


To learn more about the film, including the creative team and information on the full screening schedule, visit https://www.tolive.com/lessons >>
To learn more about Outside The March, visit their website at http://outsidethemarch.ca/ >>


November 13, 20217:30 pm