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Suvendrini Lena
Co-produced by The ECT Collective and
The Theatre Centre

upcoming dates

World Premiere: November 19–December 1, 2019
Community Education & Engagement Events: November 22-24, 2019

An immersive theatre experience inspired by the psychiatric writing of Frantz Fanon

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.

credits

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

media

“What is the most important show on the Fringe? It might just be Sea Sick.”
Lynn Gardner
StageDoor
Aug 2019
★★★★★
“a remarkable feat of storytelling and reportage”
The List
2019
★★★★
“Sea Sick is a quiet call to action, a reminder of our responsibilities, and a crucial examination of an underexposed issue.”
The Arts Desk
2019
★★★★
“Can a science journalist save the world through the power of theatre?”
The Guardian
2019
★★★★
“a thrilling…cautionary tale”
Toronto Star
2014

news

Unveiling our 22/23 Programming Year!
August 10, 2022
The Theatre Centre unveils new work with a packed 22/23 programming year: Broken Shapes, Sea Sick, Comedy is Art, Loss, and so much more.
You’re invited to our next community meal!
August 4, 2022
Stop by at noon on August 10 to celebrate this year's Patrick Conner Awards and find out what’s in store for our 22/23 programming year.

events

7A*11D Festival
Sep 6, 2022 -
Sep 10, 2022
Franco Boni Theatre, BMO Incubator
Broken Shapes
Nov 22, 2022 -
Dec 4, 2022
Franco Boni Theatre
Sea Sick
Oct 5, 2022 -
Oct 8, 2022
Franco Boni Theatre
SummerWorks Festival 2022
Aug 4, 2022 -
Aug 14, 2022
Franco Boni Theatre, BMO Incubator, Cafe, Upstairs Lobby, Patio, online, gallery
Beautiful Renegades
Sep 20, 2022 -
Oct 2, 2022
Franco Boni Theatre
Three Ordinary Men
Jun 14, 2022 -
Jun 26, 2022
BMO Incubator

creative team

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Alanna Mitchell

Creator and Performer
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Alanna Mitchell

Creator and Performer
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Franco Boni

Director
mimi-mok

Ravi Jain

Co-Director
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Shawn Kerwin

Set & Costume Designer
anand

Shawn Kerwin

Set & Costume Designer
anand

Tim Lindsay

Sound Designer
mimi-mok

Rebecca Picherak

Lighting Designer
anand

Melissa Joakim

Stage Manager and Touring Lighting Designer
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Melissa Joakim

Stage Manager and Touring Lighting Designer

project history

  • Ontario
  • Luxemboug
  • Mumbai
  • Darwin
  • Sydney
  • Edinburgh
  • Ontario
  • Luxemboug
  • Mumbai
  • Darwin
  • Sydney
  • Edinburgh

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Sea Sick

Created and performed by Alanna Mitchell.
Directed by Franco Boni with Ravi Jain.
Produced by The Theatre Centre
upcoming dates

Following a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, Sea Sick is hitting the road! 

➔ Belfast International Festival
➔ Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, MB (March 2022)
➔ Stanford LIVE in Stanford, CA (April-May 2022)
➔ ArtsEmerson in Boston, MA (May-June 2022)

More dates as they are announced 

“the ocean contains the switch of life. Not land, not the atmosphere. The ocean. And that switch can be turned off.”

The Theatre Centre’s Sea Sick by Alanna Mitchell is a critically acclaimed production about climate change, and the state of the global ocean, which has toured Canada and the world. Experience this powerful story in which Mitchell uses science and delicate wit to tell us about her journey to the bottom of the ocean, the demons she discovered there, and her hope for the future.

Mitchell is an award-winning Canadian journalist and author (New York Times, CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, Globe and Mail, and more) who writes about science and social trends specializing in investigative reporting. Sea Sick is inspired by her international bestseller and award-winning book of the same name.

media

“What is the most important show on the Fringe? It might just be Sea Sick.”
Lynn Gardner
StageDoor
Aug 2019
★★★★★
“a remarkable feat of storytelling and reportage”
The List
2019
★★★★
“Sea Sick is a quiet call to action, a reminder of our responsibilities, and a crucial examination of an underexposed issue.”
The Arts Desk
2019
★★★★
“Can a science journalist save the world through the power of theatre?”
The Guardian
2019
★★★★
“a thrilling…cautionary tale”
Toronto Star
2014

news

Unveiling our 22/23 Programming Year!
August 10, 2022
The Theatre Centre unveils new work with a packed 22/23 programming year: Broken Shapes, Sea Sick, Comedy is Art, Loss, and so much more.
You’re invited to our next community meal!
August 4, 2022
Stop by at noon on August 10 to celebrate this year's Patrick Conner Awards and find out what’s in store for our 22/23 programming year.
SummerWorks 2022 Programming Announced!
July 20, 2022
SummerWorks Presentations, Exchange and Labs are returning this year, with over 30 performances, workshops and events in person for you to choose from, as well as an extensive array of online and hybrid experiences on offer too.
What’s on(line) + A Conversation with Nikki Shaffeeullah
June 7, 2022
A big city should be a living room for anyone without a backyard. Why not Toronto? Plus, we chat with artist Nikki Shaffeeullah.

events

7A*11D Festival
Sep 6, 2022 -
Sep 10, 2022
Franco Boni Theatre, BMO Incubator
Broken Shapes
Nov 22, 2022 -
Dec 4, 2022
Franco Boni Theatre
Sea Sick
Oct 5, 2022 -
Oct 8, 2022
Franco Boni Theatre
SummerWorks Festival 2022
Aug 4, 2022 -
Aug 14, 2022
Franco Boni Theatre, BMO Incubator, Cafe, Upstairs Lobby, Patio, online, gallery

creative team

anand

Alanna Mitchell

Creator and Performer
anand

Alanna Mitchell

Creator and Performer
anand

Franco Boni

Director
mimi-mok

Ravi Jain

Co-Director
anand

Shawn Kerwin

Set & Costume Designer
anand

Shawn Kerwin

Set & Costume Designer
anand

Tim Lindsay

Sound Designer
mimi-mok

Rebecca Picherak

Lighting Designer
anand

Melissa Joakim

Stage Manager and Touring Lighting Designer
anand

Melissa Joakim

Stage Manager and Touring Lighting Designer

production history

  • Ontario
  • Luxemboug
  • Mumbai
  • Darwin
  • Sydney
  • Edinburgh
  • Ontario
  • Luxemboug
  • Mumbai
  • Darwin
  • Sydney
  • Edinburgh