Obstructions: Save More [2012]

Written and directed by Tim Carlson
December 1, 2012

Save More sings a song of love and redemption inthe big-box store.


Following three sold-out iterations of the Hive party series, Vancouver’s Progress Lab network of indie theatre-makers comes together to test the theory that creativity feeds on limits.

Inspired in part by The Five Obstructions by Jørgen Leth and Lars Von Trier, the core artists of each participating company will submit, a few at a time and under a cold spotlight, to a list of obstructions delivered by a shadowy emcee. The companies will then be commanded to create their next production around those limitations. The obstructions for each company have been developed in secret by their peers – a custom-designed set of obstacles that will prompt each artist to adapt to a new approach to making theatre. Their individual tendencies toward form, place, style, theme, design, period, story are exposed and obstructed, spilling the artist’s bag of tricks all over the stage and out of reach.

Progress Lab:  progresslab.ca

Theatre Conspiracy’s Obstructions:

1.  Cast of the piece must include at least one woman over the age of 60.
2.  Theatre Conspiracy must create a romantic love story (without irony).
3.  The subject matter of the piece must celebrate Walmart (without irony).



  • Maria                                             Mary Black
  • Jackson                                          Richard Newman
  • Ace                                                Jeremy Waller
  • Karyzma                                         Luisa Jojic

The Band

  • Music director, guitar                     Belinda Bruce
  • Guitar                                            Steve Charles
  • Drums                                            Ed Goodine
  • Bass                                               Mike Kenney

Production Team

  • Production Stage Mgmt                  Stacy Sherlock
  • Lighting Design                              Itai Erdal
  • Wardrobe                                       Florence Barrett
  • Sound                                            Ryen Froggatt

All photos by Itai Erdal