in Association With Touchstone Theatre and co-presented with the Frank Theatre
By Claire Love Wilson & Peter Lorenz
June 10 -19th, 2022 at The Russian Hall
Morag’s death left a silence in her place. When her grand-daughter Sam inherits her piano, she also inherits the mystery of Morag’s story. An intimate letter composed of fragmented Scottish ballads leads Sam to uncover Morag’s possible queerness. In piecing together Morag’s history through their shared Scottish musical heritage, Sam discovers a voice of her own.
This new experimental musical warps, disrupts, and reconfigures traditional Scottish storytelling, ballad singing and participatory community dance. Reimagining ceilidh theatre from a queer perspective, original compositions are playfully interwoven with electronic loops and interactive dancing to tell old stories anew.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: This show touches on many sensitive subjects including suicide, death and mental illness (psychiatric evaluation and treatment).
Company Artist Bio
This transnational collaboration between Scottish-Canadian creator/performer CLAIRE LOVE WILSON and Austrian director/performance-maker PETER LORENZ emerged from a 5-year-long artistic conversation on cultural heritage, place-making in performance, and queer musical storytelling. Claire and Peter’s respective experiences in experimental theatre, contemporary opera and indigenous studies complement each other, allowing them to reach beyond their individual imaginations. As a result, they have nurtured a long-distance co-creating, co-writing and co-producing relationship built on mutual trust, honesty and care, which they generously extend to their collaborators and audiences.
Produced by Claire Love Wilson & Peter Lorenz
In Association with Touchstone Theatre with additional support from the frank theatre.
Original Story & Concept by Claire Love Wilson
Written by Claire Love Wilson & Peter Lorenz
Performed by Claire Love Wilson, Sally Zori, Steve Charles, Rob Thomson & Dennis Joseph Peter Lorenz
Musical Direction by Sally Zori
Sound Design by Rob Thomson & Nicole Lamb
Composition & Arrangements by Claire Love Wilson & Rory Comerford
Sound Operation & Live Mix by Kezi Jacob
Cultural Protocol by Dennis Joseph
Set & Lighting Design by Wladimiro A. Woyno R.
Costume Design by Jessica Oostergo
Production Management by Nicole Lamb
Dramaturgical Guidance by Daniela Atiencia
Marketing by Anahita Monfared
VENUE: The Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave
SHOW RUN: June 9 - 19, 2022. Approximate Run time 120 minutes with intermission.
PREVIEW: June 9, 2022
OPENING NIGHT: June 10, 2022. 8 PM
MATINEE: June 12 + 19, 2022. 3 PM
PWYC: June 15, 2022. 1 PM
(Pictured: Claire Love Wilson. Photo by Sewari Campillo)
All show dates are RELAXED PERFORMANCES.
Produced with the generous support of The Austrian Cultural Forum in Ottawa, The Austrian Ministry, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Council for the Arts, The City of Vancouver.
Touchstone Theatre, the frank theatre, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, The City of Vancouver, Federal Ministry Republic of Austria: Arts, Culture, Civil Service & Sport, The Austrian Cultural Forum in Ottawa, Theatre Replacement, Creative Scotland, Traditional Arts & Culture Scotland, Scottish Storytelling Centre, University of the West of Scotland Theatre Lab
Production Sponsors Luppolo Brewing, Culture Craft Kombucha, Top Hat Kombucha, Hoochy Booch Kombucha, Off the Rail Brewing, Odd Society Spirits, Granville Island Brewing
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