Burnaby audiences have a rare chance to learn about life on a remote fly-in reserve during an upcoming production at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
God’s Lake, an original work of documentary theatre by Castlereigh Theatre Project, is onstage at the Studio Theatre from Feb. 5 to 8.
It’s written by playwright Francesca Albright and award-winning Swampy Cree filmmaker Kevin Lee Burton, and directed by Atomic Vaudeville’s Britt Small.
The play tells the story of the resilience of the people living in the remote fly-in reserve of God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba, following the unsolved murder of a teenage girl in the community. It’s told verbatim from interviews conducted with residents over six months in 2017.
A write-up about the production notes it uses an original live score by Ziibiwan and Melody McKiver, plus heightened physicality and stunning visual imagery, to allow the audience to witness the complex issues facing people living in a remote community. It also provides an understanding for those who have no comprehension of the reserve system – let alone what it’s like to live on a remote First Nations reserve.
God’s Lake is onstage Wednesday, Feb. 5 to Saturday, Feb. 8, with shows at 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $36 regular, or $15 for youth, with a $15 special price for all seats on Wednesday’s opening night. Buy through tickets.shadboltcentre.com or call 604-205-3000.