October 6 to 17th, 2009
Centaur Theatre --Brave New Looks
Text / Texte : Marilyn Perreault
Translation / Traduction : Nadine Desrochers
Direction / Mise En Scène : Emma Tibaldo
ACTORS / INTERPRÉTATION :
- Julie Tamiko Manning (Mielke)
- Rockne Corrigan (Nox)
- Stefanie Buxton (Ali)
- Alex McCooeye (Taymore)
- Lucinda Davis (Sola)
DESIGN TEAM / L'ÉQUIPE DE CONCEPTION :
- Lyne Paquette, Set Designer
- David Perreault Ninacs,Lighting Designer
- Fruzsina Lanyi, Costume Designer
- Michael Leon, Sound Designer
- Rasili Botz, Movement Designer
A Talisman Theatre Inc. production made possible by: CALQ, CCA, and the Cole Foundation.
THE SYNOPSIS / LE SYNOPSIS :
A shipment of alcohol is dumped on the icy shore of the far north, along with four young stowaways. The refugees are unable to communicate with the inhabitants of the remote settlement, which forces onto the local nurse, who speaks their language, the responsibility for their integration. Neither the refugees nor the introverted tutor can find respite from the clutches of isolation, suffering, and boredom leading them to seek a means of escape. Largely narrated through childlike metaphors, and similes, the play explores their struggle in a destabilizing and deeply emotional way.
The opening and closing scene is as bleak as any in Wuthering Heights complete with the wind knocking something at the door, blood on the bedclothes, and an otherworldly voice saying "I will come home”. Subtley, in the guise of Ali's ten-year-old girl’s voice, Rock, Paper, Jackknife... pierces the audiences' defences, touching a nerve of immediacy rarely touched. Ali's narration, though unsophisticated, is allegorical, rich in poetry, and filled with a looming presence.