The Department of Drama and Speech Communication produces a series of performances each year created by faculty, students, and visiting artists. Performances are open to the public. Please join us!

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Concord Floral  |  UpStart Festival 2018

Concord Floral

poster image for Concord floralPerformances: November 15 - 18th, 2017

Time: 8 p.m.

Matinees: November 15 & 16 at 12 p.m.

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Tickets: $15 General / $10 Students and Seniors / $5 eyeGO

Box Office: 519-888-4908 or purchase at the door

Concord Floral is a million square foot abandoned greenhouse and a hangout for neighbourhood kids. But something has happened there. Something nobody wants to talk about. Concord Floral re-imagines Giovanni Boccaccio's medieval allegory The Decameron in a contemporary Canadian suburb, in which ten teens must flee a plague they have brought upon themselves.

Written by Jordan Tannahill in 2015, Concord Floral explores themes of alienation, sexuality, dislocation, loneliness and exclusion. All the characters are teenagers, offering the young generation the unique opportunity to have their world reflected back at themselves by an ensemble of young, talented and diverse performers.

The confusion of growing up is portrayed with sensitivity and openness, but also comments on the collective anxiety and fear that is so rampant in our world today, especially for young people. A menacing tale of vengeance that deals with disaffected suburban teen life honestly and directly; Concord Floral is intelligent, humorous and full of theatrical spectacle. 

Guest director, Vikki Anderson (Artistic Director of Theatrefront) will work with the cast of 10 (7 women & 3 men) to create a choral structure, where the actors will stretch their bodies, voices and minds to tell this beautiful and haunting urban legend.  

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UpStart Festival 2018

UpStart poster image of broken mirror with pieces showing a subway train, a man's eye and a hopscotch gridPerformances: March 14 - 17th, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Tickets: $15 General / $10 Students and Seniors / $5 eyeGO

Box Office: 519-888-4908 or purchase at the door 

UpStart is a bi-annual one-act play festival.  This year, the festival will feature three exciting, new theatrical works created and realized by students.

Hamlet Reworked adapted and performed by Gareth Potter*

The Game of String written by alumna Jenn Addesso

Hopscotch written by Joanna Cleary

Gareth Potter sitting on a benchThe performance will begin in the lobby of the Modern Languages building at 7:30pm with the first of three installments by Gareth Potter as Hamlet in Hamlet Reworked. Set outside the traditional performance space, this solo presentation of a classic text reworked explores mortality, grief, and the nature of live theatre. By deconstructing and reassembling Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a personal manner, what more can we learn about Shakespeare’s most famous play?  The second installment will occur during intermission in the lobby, with the final installment closing the evening onstage.

Three women texting on phones while standing over another woman reading a letterFollowing his performance, the audience will move into the theatre for director Brooke Barnes’ production of The Game of String. The Game of String explores the relationship between how we curate ourselves on social media and who we are in reality. In the digital world, we find ourselves in competition with others. When we die, is the digital persona we leave behind authentic to who we really were? 

Two women lying head to head next to a hopscotch gridOur second mainstage offering is, Hopscotch, directed by Rebecca Reid. Losing herself to the afterlife, Eva and her childhood friend, Chloe, revisit their shared past and fight to keep memories of one another alive. Through honesty, pain, love, and hopscotch, they learn what it means to truly remember.   

Originally an extracurricular event completely produced by students, the Theatre and Performance programme  took over producing the bi-annual event in 2016 bringing the event to the mainstage and increasing both the mentorship opportunities for students and the production values.  With three new plays exploring the potent themes of reflection, connection, and loss, created and staged by some of the region’s most exciting emerging artists, the 2018 UpStart Festival is certain to be an innovative and unforgettable evening of theatre. Please note that all three plays include mature themes and are recommended for audiences ages 12+.

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