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Nehal El-Hadi

The Observer Effect

The Observer Effect is a live arts events staged within a public space. It is an urban history tour set 14 years into the future. The tour guide recounts the sanitised events of the 2028 privacy riots, which occurred in response to two events: the creation of a biometric database for residents of the city (ostensibly for efficient delivery of city services), and the local police force being granted access to private live camera feeds. As the group move through the square, they learn that the impact was far more wide-reaching and insidious than the official version of events.

Nehal El-Hadi is a writer, researcher, and editor. She is the Science + Technology Editor at The Conversation Canada, an academic news site, and Editor-in-Chief of Studio, a magazine dedicated to Canadian craft and design. Trained as an environmental journalist and urban planning scholar, Nehal’s work explores the relations(hips) that render us human; these include the interplays between us and technologies, objects, and spaces/places.

www.nehalelhadi.com

Nehal’s residency at the Theatre Centre draws from her doctoral research into the interplays between online and offline lives and her fascination with the already-spectacular nature of everyday life in public spaces.

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

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
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Ravi Jain

Co-Director
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Shawn Kerwin

Set & Costume Designer
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Shawn Kerwin

Set & Costume Designer
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Tim Lindsay

Sound Designer
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Rebecca Picherak

Lighting Designer
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Melissa Joakim

Stage Manager and Touring Lighting Designer
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Melissa Joakim

Stage Manager and Touring Lighting Designer

production history

  • Toronto // The Theatre Centre (Premiere) // March 2014

  • Montreal // Usine C // April 2014

  • Calgary // High Performance Rodeo // January 2015

  • Vancouver // PuSh International Performing Arts Festival // February 2015

  • Mumbai // Mumbai Lit Festival

  • Luxembourg City // Fundamental Monodrama Festival // June 2016

  • Darwin, Australia // Darwin Festival // August 2017