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

Performances: March 14 - 17th, 2018 

Time: 7 p.m.

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

Tickets: $17 General / $13 Students and Seniors / $5 eyeGO

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

The Upstart Festival is a juried student performance festival produced by the Theatre and Performance program in the Theatre of the Arts.  We welcome applications from students in any program as well as alumni submissions. 

Performance projects must be original and may take any form including but not limited to:

  • theatre
  • performance art
  • film
  • installations
  • augmented reality experiences. 

Time-based experiences are limited to 40 minutes in length. 

Students are invited to apply as individuals or in groups.  Group applications should clearly indicate the role of each member in the project.

Applications will be presented to the jury in person on Sunday, October 14th between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Theatre of the Arts.  The jury will provide feedback on your application and invite you to revise and submit your revisions by October 20th.  At least one member of each project must attend the full-day application event.

Prepare a 15-minute presentation that summarizes what you propose to do, what is original about your work, and why your project is relevant to an UWaterloo audience. 

Download Application form (docx)

Download Submission information (doc)

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