An immersive theatre experience inspired by the psychiatric writing of Frantz Fanon
Co-produced by The ECT Collective and The Theatre Centre
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
November 19–December 1, 2019
Community Education & Engagement Events: November 22-24, 2019
Tickets: Preview $17 | Student/senior/arts worker $22 | Adult $30
Service charges may apply
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If a performance is sold-out we will be starting a waitlist in person, at the door, 2 hours before the performance.
An immigrant psychiatrist develops psychosis and then schizophrenia. He walks a long path towards reconnection with himself, his son, and humanity.
Walk with him.
Within our immersive design (a fabric of sound, video, and live actors) lean in close to the possibilities of perceptual experience.
People living with schizophrenia ‘hear voices’ and fear loss of control over their own thoughts and bodies. But how does any one of us actually separate internal and external voices? How do we trust what we see or feel? How do we know which voices are truly our own?
Within the installation find places of retreat from chaos. Find poetry. Find critical analysis.
Explore archival material, Fanon’s writings and contemporary interviews with psychiatrists, neuroscientists, artists, and people living with schizophrenia, to reflect on the relationships between identity, history, racism and mental health.
During the performance period, we have programmed a series of Community Education and Engagement Events, designed to take the conversation about schizophrenia, racism and mental health out of the theatre into the community to change hearts and minds.
Writer, Creator: Suvendrini Lena
Co-Creator, Co-Director: Leah Cherniak
Co-Director: Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
Assistant Director: Abigail Whitney
Production Manager: Rebecca Vandevelde
Technical Director: Steph Raposo
Co-Creator, Set and Video Designer: Trevor Schwellnus
Assistant Set Designer: Victoria Wallace
Lighting Designer: Shawn Henry
Sound Designer: Nick Murray
Stage Manager: Tara Mohan
Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Maxwell
Video Design Consultant and Programmer: Frank Donato
Filming: Magda Arturo, Juan Pablo Pinto
Filming/Editing: Alejandra Higuera
Head of Wardrobe and Costume Designer: Madeline Ius
Carpentry: James Kendall
Theatre Centre Producer: Alexis Eastman
Development Producer (2018/19): Karthy Chin
Performers: Kwaku Adu-Poku, Peter Bailey, Allan Louis, Kyra Harper
Developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre by Suvendrini Lena and Co-creators Leah Cherniak and Trevor Schwellnus with Lyon Smith. With support from:
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Tuesday, November 19 – 8:00pm Preview
Wednesday, November 20 – 8:00pm Preview
Thursday, November 21 – 8:00pm Opening
Friday, November 22 – 8:00pm Community Night
Saturday, November 23 – 2:00pm Panel: Our Patients and Our Selves
Saturday, November 23 – 8:00pm Fanon Today: Teach in and Poetry Space
Sunday, November 24 – 2:00pm
Tuesday, November 26 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 27 – 2:00pm – PWYC available at the door starting at 12PM
Wednesday, November 27 – 8:00pm
Thursday, November 28 – 8:00pm
Friday, November 29 – 8:00pm
Saturday, November 30 – 2:00pm
Saturday, November 30 – 8:00pm Please note, this performance will be filmed for archival purposes
Sunday, December 1 – 2:00pm
We also acknowledge the following artists who collaborated in the development process: Andre Sills, Jivesh Parasram, Bilal Baig, Soheil Parsa, Carla B Melo, Peter Bailey, Kwaku Adu Poku, Karthy Chin, Allan Loius and Alexander Thomas, David Austin.
Consulting Development Producer Ngozi Paul with Khadijah Salawu
Physician Collaborators: Araba Chintoh, Ademole Ademponle, David Goldbloom, Gary Remington, Patricia Cavanaugh, Ariel Graff.