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October 14, 2021 - November 30, 2021
Where were you when the G20 protests shook the streets of Toronto?
Henry G20, premiering October 14 at the 2021 Luminato Festival, will be available online through an audio drama (PodPlay) and at three Augmented Reality Sites in Toronto, including The Bentway. Henry G20 is a new play about protest, civil liberties, and conflict on the streets of Toronto and is set during the G20 protests of 2010.
The mobile app brings Henry G20 to life through a 6-episode audio drama (PodPlay) and accompanying augmented reality experiences, bringing you into the 360 degree environment of the protests. You’ll be able to access the mobile app from your home, or at one of three Augmented Reality Sites. To stay up to date on the release of Henry G20, visit the Luminato Festival website.
About Henry G20
Conceived and directed by Christine Brubaker and co-written by Brubaker and Constantine X. Anastasakis, Henry G20 freely adapts Shakespeare’s Henry V in a contemporary retelling of the conflict between police and protestors during the G20 Summit in Toronto in June 2010. Melding new text with verse and form from Henry V, this PodPlay addresses unanswered questions from that fateful weekend where hundreds of people, protesters, and innocent bystanders were kettled, arrested, and detained.
Follow Henry, played by Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, the headstrong leader of a grassroots activist organization as she leads her community in peaceful protest through downtown Toronto. Experience the unanticipated chaos of the Black Bloc, burning police cars, and a stand-off with the newly militarized police force. Bear witness to the events surrounding the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Investigate the meaning of leadership as ideas and ideologies clash in the streets.
Henry G20 is a tour of Toronto set during the chaos of the G20 protests and brought to life through PodPlay episodes and a personalized multimedia experience. Experience Henry G20 through a mobile app at the Augmented Reality Sites or anywhere you choose.
Produced by Henry G20 Group.
Co-commissioned and produced in association with Luminato Festival Toronto and The Bentway Conservancy.
- Anand Rajaram as “Jimmy” All-Justice
- Aviva Armour-Ostroff as “Anna” OCAP
- Breton Lalama as Bishop
- Christopher Allen as Nym
- Courtenay Stevens as Chorus
- Dylan Evans as Pistol
- Jasmine Chen as Nell
- Jennifer Wigmore as Chief Jill Blair
- Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Henry
- Neta Rose as “Angela” Canterbury
- Richard Lee as “Constable” Montjoy
- Rick Roberts as “Major” Denton
- Sedina Fiati as Officer Williams
Henry G20 Team
- Creative Lead, Writer, Director – Christine Brubaker
- Co-Writer and Assistant Director – Constantine X. Anastasakis
- Producer – Laura Philipps
- Sound Designer and Mixer – Miquelon Rodriguez
- Visual Lead – Debbie Deer
- App Developers – Jacob Niedzwiecki, Luke Garwood, Nicole Goertzen
- App Manager – Andrea Castaneda
- Installation Production Manager – Rebecca Vandevelde
- 3D Environment Modelling – Ruslan Makarov
- 3D Character Modelling – Paulo Viniscius Uemura
- Remote Recording Production Manager – Aidan Cosgrave
- Remote Recording Stage Manager – Sadaf Ganji
- Sound Engineers – Sebastian Hoodless, Harrison Bye, Luke Schindler
- Production Associate and Social Media Manager – Allie Fenwick
- And Pre-Production Associate – Raeburn Ferguson
- Canada Council for the Arts
- Ontario Arts Council
- Toronto Arts Council
- The School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary
- The Lawrence Family Foundation
- Nathalie Des Rosiers
- Naomi Campbell
- Peter Biro
- Pia Kleber
- Liz Smyth
- The Bentway Conservancy
- Centre for Social Innovation
- Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
- Aldona Jaworska
- John Knight
- Heather Cant
Special Thanks to: Dr. Lesley Wood, Alok Mukherjee, Graham Frampton, Sarah Stanley, Beth Kates, Associate Artists Neta Rose and Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Massey College, The Stratford Festival, ACTRA Toronto, Boombox Sound and postRevolution studio
Henry G20 was first conceived of and presented as part of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival in 2014
*Image of Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Henry by Debbie Deer.
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