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.
Premiere: The Cultch Culture Lab, Vancouver, BC – 2015
Remount: STUDIO 1398, Granville Island, Vancouver 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
“It is at times giddy and at times sobering and it is always involving both literally and figuratively. … A unique theatrical experience that induces a lot of nervous laughter from the intimate audience. … The (audience) seemed flush with excitement as they left.”
– David Jones, OUTspoken
Foreign Radical draws participants into an intriguing theatrical game world exploring security, profiling, terrorism, freedom of expression and privacy in the age of cyber surveillance.
Mobile throughout the performance, they collaborate and compete, investigate and debate, gather evidence, are interrogated, and spy on each other. Depending on personal and group decisions, they are at times in divided in groups to witness different perspectives on dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and ability to win the game.
With multilingual elements in Farsi and Arabic.
“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. In the end 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.
Written by Tim Carlson with direction by Jeremy Waller. Performed by Milton Lim & Aryo Khakpour with sound design by David Mesiha, set and lighting design by Kyla Gardiner, video design by Cande Andrade, dramaturgy by Kathleen Flaherty (PTC) and stage management by Florence Barrett.
Developed with the assistance of Playwrights Theatre Centre.
Foreign Radical had in-process performances in 2014 at Your Kontinent Film & Media Arts Festival in Richmond, following workshops at The Cultch, and U of T’s Centre for Drama (Bruce Barton, dramaturg).
Further development took place through a Banff Centre Interdisciplinary Residency in February 2015.
Milton Lim, The Host. Foreign Radical open rehearsals, Banff residency.
Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Province of B.C., City of Vancouver Cultural Services, The Hamber Foundation, The Cultch, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver Foundation, University of Toronto Centre for Drama. Theatre and Performance Studies and The Banff Centre.We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.