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Honours Performance Series: Unidentified: [insert culture here], The Bell Ringer, and COGS

The shows continue!

Tomorrow morning tune in at 9:20a.m for the last segment of our 3 week Honours Performance Series: talking to directors.

Directors from Unidentified: [insert culture here], The Bell Ringer, and COGS will talk more about their productions premiering this week at Robinson Memorial Theatre and 118 James Street North.

All shows are completely free to attend.


Unidentified: [insert culture here]:
An Original Play by Sophorn Chum, Nastazja Palonka and Bart Ronde
March 27, 2014 – 12:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. and March 28, 2014 – 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Robinson Memorial Theatre – CNH 103.

You are invited to the apartment complex of Lord Grey Place, a rather old building with a culturally diverse set of tenants living within! Enter a world that welcomes everyone of all colours and backgrounds, with a friendly cast of characters who live harmoniously under one roof and are occasionally completely racist! Wait a second – racist? Did we really just say that? Unidentified: [insert culture here] is a satirical comedy that questions a seemingly ideal multicultural society. The story centres around mid twenty-somethings, Leom and Maya, who deal with issues of workplace racism and interracial dating. This show explores how cultural stereotypes and identities are influenced by the perceptions of people around you. We challenge you to question and find humour in how characters on stage can be perceived in relation to their culture and race – do you see them for their racial appearance and agree with the stereotypes that are shown? What is the line between offensive and acceptable? The show blends an absurd type of humour with satire, and draws upon elements of Brechtian theatre. Join us in laughing together as we ask you to look at the humour in cultural and racial stereotypes, questioning the things you think in your head but never actual say out loud.


The Bell Ringer:

An Original Play by Taryn Crankshaw, Cameron Love, Jessica Marshall and Concetta Roche
March 27, 2014 – 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. and March 28, 2014 – 12:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Robinson Memorial Theatre – CNH 103

A modern adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame that explores the discourse and ideologies surrounding disability and male body image in today’s society. Blending the original gothic text of the classic tale with newly devised dialogue, The Bell Ringer investigates the physical and social integration between bodies of different shapes, sizes, and abilities. The directors of this work were inspired by mediated forms of entertainment that exploit individuals with disabilities and a lack of recent narratives that discuss the male sex in relation to body image and appearance. By re-imagining the story through the perspective of a modern lens, this production asks audiences to inquire how and why the dark themes of Hugo’s 183 year old work are still relevant to today’s standards of the human body.



An Original Production by Emily Gallomazzei and Peter Sirisko
March 27 -29, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
118 James Street North
Reservation required. Please e-mail to reserve seats.

COGS is a surreal journey through the mind and through those memories that, pieced together, create our identity. Those we have loved, those we have lost, fit together as the working cogs of the unique machine that is our mind. Through interactive design and experimental movement, the audience will freely explore the imaginatively rich and diverse spaces we create for ourselves from unforgettable experiences. As the main character confronts the turmoil and darkness present in their history and identity they will learn what it means to find belonging in others, space, and the self. COGS is truly a unique performance experience with which audiences will be deeply connected through the use of in-ear audio, intimate narrative, and immersive environments.


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