Made up entirely of word-for-word interviews with mothers who lost sons, gang members, outreach workers and police as it portrays the lives of those living in an “at risk” community, Expect Theatre’s AWAKE takes audiences deep into the heart of one of Toronto’s most violent neighbourhoods – Jamestown – to explore the ripple effect of gangs, drug dealing and guns within a community.
The problem with verbatim theatre is that it more often than not becomes little more than on stage polemic. Happily in this production a great deal of importance has been placed upon the interactions between characters, the interviews have been sequenced in a manner which creates actual conversation and give the actor’s the opportunity to create characters as opposed to being mere ciphers.
The sombre, yet entertaining piece begs many questions, seemingly pleading for an understanding as to who is culpable when violence erupts.
AWAKE is on as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival at the Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst St.)
Showtimes: Tues, Jan. 8: 6:45 pm; Thurs, Jan. 10: 7: 00 pm; Fri, Jan. 11: 7:30 pm; Sat, Jan. 12: 9:15 pm; Sun, Jan. 13: 4:45 pm
For tix call: 416-966-1062 or click here.