I was able to catch a glimpse into one of the most fascinating and respectful theatre productions I've encountered in Vancouver. Produced by Alley Theatre in partnership with Good Night Out Vancouver, the workshop production provides a safe space to explore the feelings that result from sexual assault and harassment.
Preparation for this production included interviews with locals. As participants told their sexual assault and harassment stories, they were recorded, preserving their experiences and inspiring the performance. The piece includes headphone verbatim theater and movement.
Thoughtfully planned and carefully executed, patrons are welcome to step outside as needed, while councillors are ready to provide support. The intimacy of the Annex theatre serves well as a warm space for performance and reflection.
Following each workshop, a 60 minute talk-back builds community through facilitated discussion. With a group no larger than 30 participants, personal stories are shared and space for private reflection is available.
Written as a follow-up to #metoo movement, #whatnow provides an opportunity to hear local stories from different voices, allowing you to share your own.
Gender-specific performances are scheduled on July 25 - 26. Tickets for #whatnow start at $10, and the production will be presented at The Annex until July 27th.