Foreign Radical [2015]

FOREIGN RADICAL invites 30 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.

Direction by Jeremy Waller & Tim Carlson
Script by Tim Carlson
Performers by Milton Lim & Aryo Khakpour
Sound & Music by David Mesiha
Video by Cande Andrade
Lighting design by Mark Eugster
Scenography by Kyla Gardiner
Dramaturgy by Kathleen Flaherty (Playwright's Theatre Centre)
Early dramaturgy by Bruce Barton (Centre for Drama, University of Toronto)
Stage Management by Florence Barrett

Foreign Radical was developed with the assistance of Playwrights Theatre Centre and premiered at the Cultch in 2015.


  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK premiere)                                       Edinburgh, Scotland                       August 2nd - 27th, 2017
  • Carrefour international de théâtre festival                                    Quebec City, Canada                         June 9th & 10th, 2017
  • Studio 1398                                                                                 Vancouver, Canada                                
  • Shadbolt Centre for the Arts                                                       Burnaby, Canada                                    
  • Cultch (world premiere)                                                               Vancouver, Canada                                           
  • Banff Centre of the Arts (interdisciplinary residency)                   Banff, Canada                                       
  • Your Kontinent Film and Media Arts Festival (in-process)              Richmond, Canada                                  
  • University of Toronto (in-process)                                                Toronto, Canada                                      
  • Black Plastic (in-process)                                                             Vancouver, Canada                                                                   

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.