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May 7, 2021 - May 16, 2021

Virginia Wolf

Hosted by Geordie Theatre

Wrapping up Geordie’s 40th milestone season is the anticipated world premiere of Virginia Wolf by the accomplished and multifaceted playwright Cole Lewis. Adapted from the Governor-General award-winning children’s story by Kyo Maclear, this timely piece opens up a much-needed conversation about mental health among youth.

It is directed by Geordie’s prized Artistic Director Mike Payette (Choir Boy, Centaur; Héritage, Théâtre JeanDuceppe), featuring the brilliant cast members Jennifer Roberts (Chloe’s Choice, Geordie Theatre) and Alexandra Laferrière (Simone, Half and Half, Black Theatre Workshop; Gas Girls, BTW).

This visual play, rife with creativity, tells the story of Virginia, who is in a “wolfish” mood — growling, howling, and acting very strange. Her sister Vanessa tries everything she can think of to cheer her up, but nothing seems to work. Then Virginia tells her about an imaginary, perfect place called Bloomsberry. Armed with an idea, Vanessa begins to paint the bedroom walls, transforming them into a beautiful garden complete with a ladder and swing. So that what was down could climb up. Before long, Virginia, too, has picked up a brush and undergoes a surprising transformation of her own. Inspired by the real-life relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her caregiving sister, this heartwarming play is a poetic telling of what it is to deal with unwanted emotions and reminds us of the importance of patience, support, and love.

To ensure the utmost safety of our audiences and artists, our production will be uniquely designed and recorded by Para – Dime Productions to be available in an online format at certain performance times for anyone who wishes to see them.

Within the framework of Virginia Wolf and Geordie’s mission to create meaningful community engagement, we will be collaborating with DESTA Black Youth Network to offer a series of workshops addressing anxiety and mental health. The workshops will allow ten selected black youth to engage in a four-part, socio-theatrical workshop that aims to use the arts as a platform to inspire social dialogue, unpack trauma, and motivate communal discussion. These exceptional workshops will be led by psychologist and theatre therapist Lisa Ndejuru and primarily aim to break the silence around the topic of mental health among Black Communities and create a safe environment that supports and encourages hope and growth.

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Accessibility

ASL interpreted performance (in partnership with Seeing Voices Montreal) on May 15 at 1 pm.

Organizations

Geordie Theatre

550 Delinelle St., Montreal, QC, H4C 3B1

Phone number: 514-845-9810

Email: info@geordie.ca

Geordie Theatre entertains, provokes thought, fires up the imagination, and challenges our audiences of all ages with the unique power of professional live theatre. We celebrate theatre’s powerful impact by working with emerging and established professional artists from various disciplines and cultural backgrounds to create works that are provocative, relevant and enchanting; inspiring dialogue between communities, children and parents as well as teachers and students of all ages. We are committed to developing and adding new excellent works for Theatre For Young Audiences to the Canadian canon. We continue to build relationships with and extend our audience through inclusive practices and by visiting far away communities in Quebec and abroad.