Giving Voice with VOICES: Manitoba’s Youth In Care Network
We have just wrapped up a very successful tour with over 4,400 youth seeing the show across Manitoba. Thank-You to all of our supporters, sponsors, audiences and the youth who started it all! Check out the highlight video or our blog with testimonials from students and teachers.
Giving Voice is a powerful, interactive theatrical journey exploring the timely issue of how youth experience the system of CFS. Sarasvàti Productions is excited to tour this brand new work created by and about youth in care in collaboration with VOICES: Manitoba’s Youth In Care Network. The play documents the journey of two youth as they move through the system. Sally is only eleven when she requests being removed from her family and Josh is apprehended at the same age. Performed in Forum theatre style, it is interactive, allowing the audience a chance to stop the action of the play and step in to try out positive solutions to the problems addressed. The play will explore the issues that youth in care have had to deal with from the stigma of being in care to the challenges of an overwrought system. The goal is to help other youth understand what their peers might be experiencing and to give voice to kids in care so they don’t feel alone. The play is truly the story of the youth themselves and in Sarasvàti Productions’ tradition, they worked closely with community groups to realize the work.
Sarasvàti Productions teamed up with VOICES: Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network to create the play. It was developed in workshops throughout the summer of 2013, which included work with over 30 youth in or from care. It was then previewed at FemFest 2013 as a staged reading followed by test presentations in select schools. After fine-tuning, casting an amazing group of young actors and incorporating video – we are all ready for a full tour of Winnipeg and area high schools.
If you or someone you know might be interested in hosting the tour feel free to check out the details in our one-pager and tour specifications document below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
World Premiere May 2013
by Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore
with Nan Fewchuk and Marsha Knight
Directed by Ann Hodges
Jail Baby was created in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba after recognizing the need to share the stories of incarcerated women and women in and out of the justice system. It is the culmination of three years of drama workshops in correctional institutions, as well as research and discussions with those on both sides of the justice question.
Jasmine bursts into the world unlike your typical new born child and is anointed a “jail baby.” Born in prison, raised by a mother who revolves in and out of the correctional system, tossed in and out of foster care, Jasmine is destined to become one of society’s monsters. When she finds herself pregnant and facing her most serious charge yet, Jasmine is horrified at the thought of having her unborn child repeat her life of despair.
Through a series of hilarious parodies, the myths of prison life for incarcerated women are presented and weaved together with Jasmine’s journey. From bad prison B movies to Kangaroo Court, the ensemble of characters turn common beliefs on their heads in order to make the audience question their preconceptions of criminalized women.
The play has been published by Scirroco Drama, click here to purchase.
Premiered May 2012
by Hope McIntyre
Directed by Sharon Bajer
We were excited to premiere this original work, which combines video, music, dance and theatre to explore the notions of truth and justice.
The truth can only remain buried for so long. It has a habit of coming back to haunt us.
EDEN is a bold and compelling new Canadian play written by Winnipeg-based playwright Hope McIntyre. It combines the style of writers Caryl Churchill and Harold Pinter with its futuristic political bent. It is an exciting piece not only due to its epic nature, exploring three generations of characters in a futuristic dystopia, but also due to the large cast size and unique production demands. It is an interdisciplinary theatre experience which pulls from many cultural backgrounds. Above all it is a puzzle where the truth is explored from many vantage points.
A collective creation exploring women in the virtual age. The ensemble researched women’s relationship to technology and cyberspace; and incorporated improvisation, collective writing and live video feed. Early writing for this piece was used for aten-minute production at The Festival of Original Theatre and it is now being developed into a one-act play entitled VIRTUAL WOMYN. Originally produced at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival (2003) with Jessica Burleson, Mylee Nordin, and Heidi Malazdrewich.
Fire Visions: Poems by Bertolt Brecht
Fire Visions: Poems by Bertolt Brecht
“No one ever accused Brecht of being subtle. He saw himself as the blunt conscience of the proletariat and against those who turned a blind eye towards the beggars, the unemployed and the homeless. In 14 poems, well-assembled by director Hope McIntyre and her quartet of able performers, Brecht noisily pounds home his message…The four performers were dressed in the typical Brecht stage uniform – in black and barefoot – and delivered the verse clearly, strongly and with welcome visual accompaniment. Whether Great Babel bore a baby puppet, or slide projections of refugee camps during the recitation of Eight Thousand Poor Peopole Assembled Outside the City, the poems were all presented with trademark Brechtian flair.” – Kevin Prokosh, Winnipeg Free Press (January 24, 2002)
Created with the input of four performers, director, dramaturge, sound composer and consulting visual artists; this theatrical work used movement, projection, puppetry, song and text. The piece was previewed at the Windsor Theatre (Sackville) and premiered at BrechtFest in Winnipeg (2002).
Based loosely on atrue story, HUNGER is about a woman’s struggle against political and emotional turmoil as she undertakes a hunger strike on the steps of the Guatemalan Capital Building. Performances raised funds for Amnesty International and the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. Performed at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Backspace (2000) and Colin Jackson Studio (2001), published in International Plays for Young Audiences (Meriwhether).
Three women are shipped to the New World (Canada) on a convict ship from Britain. All three women are transformed and find that their lives are changed forever. Produced at the Festival of Original Theatre (1999) and Alumnae Theatre Studio (1999), published by One Act Play Depot (http://oneactplays.net).
“Watching a theatre company mature is one of the real pleasures of regular theatregoing. With Revisioning, the latest show by Sarasvàti Productions, the group takes an impressive leap forward..” – Jon Kaplan NOW
Full List of Productions
- HUNGER (1998) Toronto – Passe Muraille Theatre Backspace
- REVISIONING (1999) Toronto – Alumnae Theatre
- A reading series of three new plays (1999) Toronto – Alumnae Theatre
- MISSIAH (2000) Toronto – Equity Showcase Theatre
- HUNGER (2000) Winnipeg – Colin Jackson Studio Theatre
- DEATH OF LOVE (Workshop, 2001) Winnipeg – Colin Jackson Studio Theatre
- FIRE VISIONS: POEMS BY BERTOLT BRECHT (2002) Winnipeg and Sackville (NB)
- ONE FOR THE ROAD (2003) Winnipeg and Sackville (NB)
- FemFest (2003-2013) Winnipeg various venues
- International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues (2004-2013) – Winnipeg and surrounding areas
- YOU WHORE (2003) Winnipeg – Fringe Theatre Festival
- JILL’S WAR by Victoria Loe Hicks and Nancy Kruh(2004) Winnipeg – Fringe Theatre Festival
- IMPROMPTU OF OUTREMONT by Michel Tremblay (2005) Winnipeg – Forrest Nickerson Theatre
- Readings of two new plays at the Carol Shields Festival of New Works 2005
- One Night Stand event at the Carol Shields Festival of New Works 2007
- RIPPLE EFFECT (2007) workshop presentation (a new play on the topic of youth violence)
- RIPPLE EFFECT Tour (2008), performances in Manitoba High Schools and community centres
- EDEN workshop presentation (2009) Winnipeg – Colin Jackson Studio Theatre
- BONE CAGE by Catherine Banks (2009) reading at the Carol Shields Festival of New Works
- FEN by Caryl Churchill (2010) Winnipeg – Rachel Browne Theatre
- NO OFFENSE… (2010) High School Tour – Winnipeg and surrounding areas
- EDEN (2012) Winnipeg – Asper Centre for Theatre and Film
- EMPTY by Hope McIntyre (2012) Winnipeg – tour
- DISS by Rex Deverell (2012) High School Tour – Winnipeg and surrounding areas
- JAIL BABY by Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore (2013) Winnipeg – Asper Centre for Theatre and Film