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The B-Side: Our Raw Material

Presented by The Theatre Centre in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre

A Community Writing Project instigated by prompts from Stewart Legere
(You need not be queer or sad to contribute)

“Our Raw Material” is a bastardized quote from a friend/poet who said, “we are all entitled to our raw material”. She meant that rough drafts are necessary and should be encouraged, but I have taken them as inspiration in many aspects of my life and work. Mistakes are great. Fuck ups are necessary. For my work, I draw from voice notes, notebooks, previous poems/plays I’ve written, favourite movies, books, TV shows, and quotes… I have a palette of raw material and create from there.”

We invite you to contribute your own raw material to this collective palette. Here are some prompts to consider (you may take inspiration from any, all, or none of them):

  1. Try to keep your contribution to ten words or less.
  2. Try to use one word you don’t often use.
  3. Try repeating a word from the previous participant’s offering.
  4. Try using a favourite quote or lyric.
  5. Use any language you are comfortable with.

Stewart Legere is the Creator / Performer of Broken/Sometimes Repaired at Hybrid by Design, a work-in-progress reflection of queer pain and love inspired by American writer Hanya Yanagihara’s monumental 2015 novel A Little Life.

Location: Upstairs Gallery


ASL will be available for most performances. The Theatre Centre is a physically accessible venue with barrier-free washrooms on each floor and a lift for public use.
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From May 9, 2022
to May 15, 2022

Tickets are N/A — open to the public, just stop by!



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Hybrid by Design is made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now Fund, and the Department of Heritage Canada Arts Presentation Fund.