Foreign Radical

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Published on: April 14, 2016



 Foreign Radical logo

a game of secrets


Winner of Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Innovation Award
at the 33rd Annual Jessie Richardson Awards!


“…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.”
– Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

“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

“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

“SO GOOD, so relevant, so unsettling, so innovative…omg take my money.”
Zoë Forsythe, Cultch Concierge

“I wanted to share this again. If you love theatre or want to do something interesting and different. I can’t say enough great things about this performance piece by Tim Carlson. It’s been on my mind for days as well asTajana’s. We can’t stop talking about it! So please go and participate.”
– Tarique Qayumi

“Radical theatre that actually questions, provokes AND is good art!”
Shayna Plaut

“This level of personal engagement is unusual in the theatre, and it’s stimulating, as is the fluidity of the event: your experience is, to a very large extent, determined by the audience members you’re seeing the show with.”
– Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight


World Premiere: April 16 – 25, 2015

The Cultch – Culture Lab

Foreign Radical Premiere

Foreign Radical draws you 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, you collaborate and compete, investigate and debate, gather evidence, are interrogated, and spy on your fellow audience members. Depending on personal and group decisions, you are at times in divided up to witness different perspectives on dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour your views and ability to win the game.

With multilingual elements in Farsi and Arabic.

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.

Foreign Radical Banff

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.

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