Theatre Conspiracy Presents FOREIGN RADICAL
Join Theatre Conspiracy for a radical game of secrets at Studio 1398 on Granville Island from Monday, February 6 to Saturday, February 11, 2017.
A recipient of a Jessie Award for Critics' Choice Innovation and named Top 10 Vancouver Theatre Shows in 2015, Foreign Radical is an interactive, multimedia experience with multilingual elements in Farsi and Arabic. Each performance is unique in that the audience dynamic influences the outcome.
Foreign Radical invites thirty participants into an intriguing theatrical game that explores security, profiling, freedom of expression, and privacy in the age of cybersurveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, the participants collaborate, compete, investigate, debate, and spy on each other.
The Foreign Radical set is divided into four quadrants where participants, depending on personal and group responses to various questions posed by the game's 'host', witness different perspectives on the action. They are at times divided into groups or left all alone to gather evidence from dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and how they play the game.
"I spent more time thinking about this show than any other in 2015. There is a reason it won the Critics' Choice Innovation Award at this year's Jessie Awards." - Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents
"...privacy, security, and government surveillance are important things to think about, and Foreign Radical provides a very cool format in which to do that thinking...This level of personal engagement is unusual in theatre, and it's stimulating, as is the fluidity of the event." -Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
"I can't say enough about this performance piece. It was on my mind for days after. Foreign Radical makes you take an active part in this game that is being played with our rights and freedoms on the world stage. One second you are the victim; the next the interrogator. You are left with a vast number of questions and a dark cloud of anxiety that looms overhead each time you click on a politicized link or when you cross a border. Essentially, Foreign Radical makes you feel like the entire Muslim world has felt since 9/11." - Tarique Qayumi, Filmmaker, Targeting
"I get grilled at the border almost every time I leave Canada and enter another Western country. As a brown man in a white country my privacy is invaded daily in the name of security and fears around terrorism. Foreign Radical is a show that captured my feelings and experience around this beautifully, and made a statement that every immigrant community wants to make about our human rights/privacy. It's a must see for everyone no matter what age, gender, or culture." - Rohit Chokahni, Artistic Producer, Diwali Fest
Foreign Radical by Theatre Conspiracy:
Direction: Jeremy Waller & Tim Carlson
Text: Tim Carlson
Performers: Milton Lim & Aryo Khakpour
Sound & Music: David Mesiha
Video: Cande Andrade
Lighting Design: Mark Eugster
Scenography by: Kyla Gardiner
Dramaturgy: Kathleen Flaherty
Stage Management: Florence Barrett
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