a game of secrets
Winner of Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Innovation Award
at the 33rd Annual Jessie Richardson Awards
Catch Foreign Radical at Carrefour international de théâtre
festival in Quebec City, June 9 & 10, 2017.
“I spent more time thinking about this show than any other in 2015. There is a reason it won the Critic’s Choice Innovation Award at this year’s Jessie Awards.”
– Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents
“…privacy, security, and government surveillance are important things to think about, and Foreign Radical provides a very cool format in which to do that thinking…This level of personal engagement is unusual in the theatre, and it’s stimulating, as is the fluidity of the event” – Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
Foreign Radical invites thirty participants into an intriguing theatrical game that explores security, profiling, freedom of expression, and privacy in the age of cybersurveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, the participants collaborate, compete, investigate, debate, and spy on each other.
The Foreign Radical set is divided into four quadrants where participants, depending on personal and group responses to various questions posed by the game’s ‘host’, witness different perspectives on the action. They are at times divided into groups or left all alone to gather evidence from dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and how they play the game.
A recipient of a Jessie Award for Critics’ Choice Innovation, Foreign Radical is an interactive, multimedia experience with multilingual elements in Farsi and Arabic. Each performance is unique in that the audience dynamic influences the outcome.
“I can’t say enough about this performance piece by Theatre Conspiracy. It was on my mind for days after. Foreign Radical makes you take an active part in a game that is being played with our rights and freedoms on the world stage. One second you are the victim; the next the interrogator. You are left with a vast number of questions and a dark cloud of anxiety that looms overhead each time you click on a politicized link or when you cross a border. Essentially, Foreign Radical makes you feel like the entire Muslim world has felt since 9/11. Go see it and feel the paranoia for yourself.” – Tarique Qayumi, filmmaker, Targeting
“I get grilled at the border almost every time I leave Canada and enter a Western country. And this grilling is more intense when I am dressed in ethnic clothes and/or have a beard or long hair. It’s not just at borders – once was on my calm, peaceful afternoon on the subway while on my way to a temple in New York. I am sure this was just a “random” check and the Hare Krishna beads around my neck had nothing to do with it. As a brown man in a white country my privacy is invaded daily in the name of security and fears around terrorism. Foreign Radical captured my feelings and experience around this beautifully. It made a statement that every immigrant community wants to make about our human rights / privacy. It’s a must-see for everyone no matter what is your age, gender, culture.” – Rohit Chokhani, artistic producer, Diwali Fest
Watch the Banff Centre short doc about Foreign Radical here.
Direction Jeremy Waller & Tim Carlson • Script Tim Carlson
Performers Milton Lim & Aryo Khakpour • Sound & Music David Mesiha
Video Cande Andrade • Lighting design Mark Eugster • Scenography by Kyla Gardiner
Dramaturgy Kathleen Flaherty • Stage Management Florence Barrett
Developed with the assistance of Playwrights Theatre Centre.