“Slumming” is a new work by Barbara Ellison; Ellison also directs. The show introduces us to the complex lives of recently fallen from grace, middle-class Grace, played by Terri Anne Taylor, and a young sex worker Brittany, played by Stevie Jackson. The program notes tell us the play had its genesis in the Downtown East Side (DTES) as Ellison observes a sex worker at work from the rehearsal hall at the Firehall.

The very nature of this removed observation is my key issue with this play. Ellison experiments with a “day-in-the-life” reflection of the commonality of humanity in all...

"'Tis a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." Macbeth. Act 5, scene 5

We gather by the sculpture garden behind the Granville Island False Creek Gym. We’re here to learn of the history made at this place. Or not.

Our two tour guides could not be more dissimilar. Buttoned down and pinstriped, Riley may have been fired but he prefers to characterize the event as “temporary forced retirement”. The anti-fascist, anti-colonial Chance admittedly has really nice hair but he’s totally committed to being a “warrior...

Comedy, Drama, New Work

One of the 14 onsite shows at Granville Island, Pirates? features a lively cast of seven performers from Quimera Collective. Their program includes helpful instructions on how to fold the paper into a sailor hat... which should tell you a great deal about the tenor of this performance which takes place at the Kids Tugboat near the Kids Market.

With an enthusiastic audience seated nearby, the show started with two young people just hanging out on Granville Island. Then as more people arrived, they began to transform into a kind of live game-playing at being sailors, pirates, cowboys, wizards, superheros...

Comedy, Drama, Physical Theatre - Quimera Collective