An experiment in optimism

The importance of valuing young people, by addressing their hidden fears, is an idea Valerie Methot, executive director at Some Assembly Theatre company, supports. Methot, who overcame being an at-risk youth herself, presents the play The Wait List Experiment because she knows even today youth are not being taken seriously. “We’re all unique individuals and we all…

Lampedusa – Fable or Truth?

Denise and Stefano live parallel lives as they are forced to sacrifice human qualities to survive in a place that is controlled by the one per cent. The characters in Lampedusa create a friendship with a perceived ‘outsider’ which leads to their salvation in a sense. Lampedusa is a play produced by the Pi Theatre and directed by…

Bad Parents A modern take on parenting

Parenting is like figuring out a puzzle in the play Bad Parents, says performers Raugi Yu and Josette Jorge. Bad Parents reveals the real story of parenting and does not hide behind rose colored glasses like other portrayals in vAct’s presentation at the Cultch Historic Theatre, Apr. 21–May 1. “Always be kind. No matter what is happening or…

The Nonexistent: a story of courage and complex global migration

The Nonexistent, directed by Yves Simard, is focused on telling a story many people may know all too well: displacement. The story of a young girl forced to forge a new path as she leaves her country reveals the complexity of migration and exile through acrobatics, dance, movement and stunning scenery. The English version of…

Identities celebrated

The frank theatre and The Cultch present Be-Longing, a production that blends film, theatre, and new media to explore themes ranging from queer identity to immigration and diaspora, as well as the complicated feelings, places, and experiences underlying them. According to co-creator Fay Nass, exploring the lives of four queer immigrants is meant to embrace the…

Black Lives Matter on stage –a tribute and a prayer

Based on the real-life murder of Trayvon Martin that launched the Black Lives Matter movement, Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers is an exciting and emotional theatre show that tells the story of a black teenager and his experience in the afterlife. Written and performed by Makambe K Simamba, the play will premiere in Vancouver from…

SNOWFLAKE – An intergenerational Christmas story

Mitch and Murray Productions presents the premiere of SNOWFLAKE, a play written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett. From Dec. 10 to 23, 2021, audiences can attend the live performance in person at the Red Gate Revue Stage on Granville Island. The play, which features performer Aaron Craven, follows Andy and his daughter Maya through their…

Ripple effect: Mental wellness during COVID-19 lockdown

Breakwater, written by playwright Valerie Methot and a youth group from Some Assembly Theatre Company, follows six youth who face the effects of isolation and mental health struggles from a symbolic world-wide flood. This worldwide flood was something that was added to the narrative. “The flood wasn’t always the story, it was discovered at the…

Stories of agricultural workers in songs and podcasts

Pedro Chamale’s new album, Made in Canada: an agricultural song cycle, is now available to download, stream on Spotify or purchase on vinyl. The album is composed of 10 songs written by Chamale and Rice and Beans Theatre co-founder Mishelle Cuttler. The songs explore issues surrounding Canada’s seasonal temporary foreign workers. There is also an…

1 Hour Photo: As relevant as ever

The Cultch and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct) are offering a pre-recorded performance of Tetsuro Shigematsu’s award-winning play, 1 Hour Photo, to be streamed online on May 28, 29 and 30. This will be a cinematic adaptation of the stage play that debuted at the Cultch in 2017 to a sold-out audience. Shigematsu not only wrote…

Hong Kong pro-democracy movement through an artist’s lens

“As the Chinese government puts more measures and efforts into silencing its people in Hong Kong or elsewhere, we over here have the privilege to speak up and with this privilege we have a responsibility to keep the story alive,” says Derek Chan, writer and director of yellow objects, a play inspired by the pro-democracy movement…

Human connection through storytelling

Zee Zee Theatre presents Virtual Humanity, this year’s online edition of their annual Human Library project, from Mar. 6–28, which involves seeking out storytellers with a diversity of personal and cultural backgrounds, and ensuring said conversations flow smoothly. “I truly believe that this project is playing a role in our future. Communicating experience-based stories and…