Yaletown: Podplay depicts neighbourhood isolation

Elevated view of neighbourhood first performed at CBC's Studio 700 in 2011

Her recent move from a studio apartment on Victoria Drive to a Yaletown high-rise provided rich fodder for theatre artist Adrienne Wong when she was commissioned by Pi Theatre to create a short play for performance and podcast for Pi's Visions of Vancouver project.

Performed at CBC's Studio 700 in 2011, Wong's play Elevate, about a woman who finds herself surrounded by people but feeling more alone than ever, had at least one Yaletown resident nodding her head in recognition throughout the performance.

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"Some people who live downtown, it really resonated with them," Wong said. "They saw that social dynamic that they've also experienced."

"Definitely it was a way of starting to wrap my head around this new way of living," Wong said of her focus. "You're much closer to your neighbours and for that reason I think folks are more careful about their private space."

You can hear how this artistic producer of Neworld Theatre captured her initial perceptions of life in Yaletown, by clicking HERE.

A few years on, Wong notes the occupants of Yaletown towers are more diverse than one might assume, citing a mix of young families, international students and professionals from other countries. She says the Roundhouse Community Centre is working to foster more connections among Yaletown neighbours.

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