Drink The Mercury

Drink The Mercury PosterAdapted by Joel Greenberg

Directed by: Karen Waterman

Performances: October 22-24, 1992

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building


Drink The Mercury was first produced by Toronto's Young People's Theatre 1983. Joel Greenberg, formerly the Chairperson of the Drama Department at the University of Waterloo, adapting the photo-journal Minamata by Eugene Smith, a book which brought the village of Minamata and the issue of industrial pollution to world attention for the first time.

In its initial production, the play toured for two years throughout Ontario. Originally intended for elementary grades, it became clear at once that the issues raised - environmental, ethical, economic, moral - were just as pertinent to senior levels.

In 1984, Drink The Mercury won Toronto's coveted Dora Mavor Moore Award as Outstanding Children's Play.

The play was directed by Karen Waterman, Artistic Director of Waterman Theatre Projects in Toronto. Karen is a graduate of the University of Waterloo Drama Department, and has performed internationally with Famous People Players, the Paul Gaulin Mime Company and Theatre Beyond Words. 


Nigata - Jonathan Goad

Narrator/ Villager - Bev Haffner

Mrs. Tanaka - Jane Hammond

Ioka - Cathy Janzen

Mr. Tanaka - Dan Kelley

Musician/ Narrator - Rob LeGood

Egishira - Alanna McLean

Creative Team

Writer - Joel Greenberg

Director – Karen Waterman

Production Team

Stage Manager – Michael Poole

Assistant Stage Manager – Heather Dunford

Props Mistress – Rhonda Matthews

Props Assistant – Susan Wilhelm

Electrician – Chad Cronkwright

Sound – Joey Morin

Head Carpenter – Brad Curtin

Costume Mistress – Sandra Janzen

Costume Assistant – Jennifer Monteith

Scenic Painter – Michelle D’ Alessandro