From Headlines to the Stage: Creating Theatre Important to the Lives of Young People
Concrete Theatre, Edmonton’s award winning professional theatre company committed to creating, developing, and producing artistically excellent and culturally diverse Theatre for Young Audiences, returns to the stage February 15 – 17, 2018 with two timely and important works that explore issues relevant to the lives of young people and their families.
Consent by Mieko Ouchi
As we know from so many stories and headlines in the news, sex isn’t just about anatomy, but about individual rights, gender equality, personal conduct, and respect.
After a confusing sexual encounter, a young couple must grapple with the emotional aftermath. Was there consent? The passionate discussion that follows opens up an exploration of sexual consent and what it means for both parties involved. Generously supported by the Edmonton Community Foundation’s Vital Signs Program, the Wuchien Michael Than Foundation, and the Alberta Status of Women, and created in collaboration with the Sexual Assault Centre Edmonton, Compass Centre for Sexual Wellness, and The Canadian Red Cross, Consent will help students learn about their individual rights, gender equality, personal conduct and respect.
Paper Song by Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull
A beautiful and moving story weaving a traditional Japanese folktale about a crane (the Tsuru) with the story of a young mouse and her grandfather as they struggle against an oppressive overlord, the goblin Tengu. This magical performance integrates origami and shadow puppetry as it celebrates artistic creativity, ingenuity and the power of love. This show premiered in 2013 and has since toured to Saskatoon’s Persephone Theatre and Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre, receiving critical acclaim and both Sterling and Dora Award nominations.