BY TED JOHNS and PAUL THOMPSON
DIRECTED BY CAITLIN FYSH
11:00 AM, SUNDAY AUGUST 4
The Farm Show is a Canadian classic, which was developed in a co-operative, actor-driven form of playwriting known as "collective creation" and scripted by Ted Johns. Now recognized as one of the biggest indigenous theatre hits in Canadian history, in the beginning, says Ted Johns, "No one anticipated the delight people would take in hearing their own language and observing their own culture."
The Farm Show was a seminal "collective creation" under the direction of Paul Thompson, who pioneered the technique. A troupe of actors from Theatre Passe Muraille went out to the countryside near Clinton, Ontario one summer to talk to local farmers about their lives. In pairs, the actors knocked on every farm door in the Clinton district. In order to get the desired interviews, they often ended up helping with farm chores and paging through wedding albums over tea. They transformed their interviews into a series of set pieces, from a monologue about the pains of stacking hay bales to a song about a farming dynasty; the end result was The Farm Show, one of the landmarks of Canadian theatre history.
SUNDAY BRUNCH READINGS
A SERIES OF LIVE STAGED READINGS
To enjoy the complete experience of our Summer Repertory Season, join us for the Sunday Brunch Reading series, an exploration of the ideas, themes, period of a play or a playwright's work. Each of the readings is tailored to create an immersive environment that reflects the world of the matinée performance it precedes.
Enjoy a light picnic lunch (for sale at our concession), and thoughtful, lively entertainment in the grounds adjacent The Jericho Arts Centre, prior to our Sunday matinees.
PLEASE NOTE: Admission to The Farm Show is $10 or is included - as are all other brunches - when you purchase a FESTIVAL PASS.
PLEASE NOTE: In the event of rain, this event will move indoors.
OTHER SUNDAY BRUNCH READINGS
ETC does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects (such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Followed by: The Drawer Boy @ 2 PM