Comments Off on Toronto Fringe Spotlight: ‘A Small Part of the Whole Story’
The Toronto Fringe Festival is back in full force this summer. The festival will take place from July 6 to July 17, 2022, taking over 11 venues across Toronto.
Starting my festival coverage with a preview interview with Chris Graham, one of the creators of A Small Part of the Whole Story, as well as the director of the show, Graham Isador.
Based on real events, White Heat is a play about who gets sympathy and who doesn’t. The show is written by Graham Isador (VICE, GQ) and directed by Dora Award winner Jill Harper (Pool No Water). It features Dora Award Winning actor and playwright Makambe Simamba (Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers, and Little Brothers) and Tim Walker (Dry Land).
I asked Isador, Simamba and Walker to list their reasons they are “excited to work on White Heat” at SummerWorks Performance Festival this year.
I came to know Graham Isador as a storyteller through a previous SummerWorks show Situational Anarchy. When I interviewed him for a follow up performance of that show, he discussed why he’s drawn to storytelling. “It’s a balance between a selfish need to show off and a desperate need to be understood… When I make someone feel something, and I know that I’ve done it, it is the best feeling in the world. Partly that is… also because maybe their reaction means my stupid head that I live inside isn’t so alien after all.”
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Premiering at Toronto’s Fringe Festival, Robin Black‘s (UFC, MUCHMUSIC, TSN) Enjoy the Hostilities walks us through his transition from glam rock singer, to mixed martial artist, to television personality. Co-written by Graham Isador (VICE, Soulpepper Playwright’s unit) the show uses storytelling, comedy, and punch drunk philosophy to offer audiences advice on how to make the most out of almost making it.
As a preview to its premiere, Black answered my 5 Questions. READ MORE
Comments Off on Summerworks 2017 Review: Explosions For The 21st Century
With field recordings, audio effects, and a well timed air horn Explosions for the 21st Century uses sound design to explore contemporary
culture. Written and performed by Chris Ross-Ewart (Yale School of Drama) and directed by Graham Isador (Pressgang Theatre) the show is a real time, exploration of why we make sound and how we listen. READ MORE
In Situational Anarchy, Graham Isador (Soulpepper Playwright’s Unit, VICE) shares stories about his teenage years spent on internet message boards, in strip mall record stores, and at concerts in basement and backrooms. Runner up for Outstanding Production at the 2016 Summerworks festival the show is about the growing pains of adolescence and the inevitable heartbreak of teenage conviction. READ MORE