Blackberry by Red Betty Theatre
Thursday August 25 and Friday August 26, presented as part of the 2022 In the Soil Arts Festival Summer Series
Blackberry is a ghost story, a cautionary tale, a family drama, it is a testament to the imagination of youth in the face of systemic oppression. The play examines the lingering stain of colonialism from the perspective of IBPOC youth. The young people at the heart of this story are made to live on the edge of danger, in a world that is stacked against them. Analogous to the social movements of 2020, Blackberry is a relevant, mysterious and hopeful piece of theatre that contributes a powerful message to the Defund the Police Movement.
Jason Chung as Mo
Molly Mutch as Fiona
Rylan Bomberry as Yvonne
Paul Smith as Salim
Artistic Director / Playwright: Radha Menon
Director: Alison Wong
Assistant Director: Marcel Stewart
Producer: Samantha Vu
Scenography Designer: César El Hayeck
Sound Designer: Christopher-Elizabeth
Cultural Consultant: Vanessa Henry
Outreach Coordinator: Abriana Lashley
Social Media Coordinator: Samantha Wu
Photograph credit: Radha S. Menon
Graphic Designer: Lea Kaplan
Warnings: Explicit Language, mature language, Death, Sex Work
ABOUT RED BETTY THEATRE:
Red Betty Theatre is the sole not-for-profit Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) Theatre company in Hamilton, Ontario.
RBT commissions and presents live performances created and written by IBPOC Women in order to contribute bold and relevant artistic voices to the Canadian theatrical landscape.
Our vision is to develop and produce work reflecting the diversity of contemporary Canadian culture. We believe in theatre that considers difficult, international, and cultural issues, and by providing space through our creative endeavours, providing IBPOC artists and communities a safe space to convene, share stories, and be entertained.
Thursday 25 August at 7:30pm // Friday 26 August at 7:30pm
Location: Merritt Island Park (8 Merritt Island, Welland, ON L3B 3E9)
Access: Youth Under 18 – $5 // Arts Worker/Student – $15 // Regular – $25 // Super Supporter – $35
If interested in bringing youth aged 15+ to a FREE, invite-only preview and BBQ on Wednesday 24 August at 6pm, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org