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L to R: Performers Erica Wilson, Aqqalu, Ashley Cook, Nick Benz. Photo by Astros Media

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Castlereigh Theatre Project presents
God’s Lake

February 18-23, 2020

 

Focuses on Truth and need for Reconciliation
A Castlereigh Theatre Project at Presentation House Theatre

“We forgive, but we don’t forget. We’re taught not to hate.”
– Ida Wood, member of the fly-in God’s Lake Narrows First Nation located in northern Manitoba

 

Dates:  February 18 – 23, 2020

Times:

Public Shows:
Feb 19 to 22 – 7:30 pm
Feb 23 – 1:30 pm

School Matinees:
Feb 18 – 1:00 pm
Feb 20 – 1:30 pm (Sold Out)

Ticket Prices: $30 / $25 / $18

Website and Box Office:

604.990.3474

Address:

Presentation House Theatre
333 Chesterfield Avenue at 3rd Street
North Vancouver V7M 3

About God’s Lake

Truth and the need for reconciliation come into sharp focus in God’s Lake, a Castlereigh Theatre Project appearing February 18 – 23 at Presentation House Theatre.

In this vivid, original work of verbatim, documentary theatre, audiences bear witness to the strength and resilience of the people in the remote fly-in reserve of God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba following traumatic events of unresolved justice and a complex and challenging past. Co-created by playwright Francesca Albright and award-winning Swampy Cree filmmaker Kevin Lee Burton, the play explores how God’s Lake Narrows was impacted by the violent death of a 15-year-old girl in their community.

Albright first learned about the unsolved 2013 murder of Leah Anderson in northern Manitoba through a CBC report. The vibrant Cree teen is one of the more than 1,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls across Canada. Albright’s interest in Leah’s story led to a creative collaboration with Burton, a member of Gods Lake Narrows First Nation, who shares her passion for documentary storytelling. Together they traveled to the remote reserve several times over six months to conduct interviews on a community level, gathering information and gaining permission to tell the story.

“We started to look at the context of Leah’s story, what happened to her, the role of caregivers and the systems and institutions that disrupt communities,” shares Burton.

The result is a glimpse into the lived reality of the people of God’s Lake Narrows told verbatim from the interviews. Under the direction of Britt Small of Atomic Vaudeville, four young Indigenous performers from across Canada portray twenty-four characters across different genders, ages, and community roles.

Using bold northern imagery, an original live score by Ziibiwan + Melody McKiver and heightened physicality, God’s Lake offers a rare opportunity to witness the complex issues facing people living in a remote community and provides an understanding for those who might have no awareness of the reserve system, let alone what it’s like to live on a remote First Nations reserve.

“It’s time to shine a light on systemic issues and to listen for a while,” says Small.

A Play by Francesca Albright and Kevin Lee Burton
Directed by Britt Small
Performed by Aqqalu, Nick Benz, Ashley Cook and Erica Wilson
A Castlereigh Theatre Project

God’s Lake is at Presentation House Theatre February 18 – 23, 2020. Tickets are on sale now at 604-990-3474 or online at tickets.phtheatre.org. More information and show details can be found at www.phtheatre.org. .

This God’s Lake tour marks show’s professional premiere and includes performances at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre (Feb 5 to 8) and Intrepid Theatre in Victoria (Feb 28, 29).

 

Author

Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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