October 14 - November 11
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 PodPlays and a personalized multimedia experience accessed through a mobile app at the original sites or anywhere you choose.
Produced by Henry G20 Group.
Co-commissioned and produced in association with Luminato Festival Toronto and The Bentway Conservancy.
Christine Brubaker, Creative Director, Writer/Director
Constantine X. Anastasakis, Co-Writer
Miquelon Rodriguez, Sound Designer and Mixer
Debbie Deer, Visual Lead
Jacob Niedzwiecki, App Developer
Luke Garwood, App Developer
Laura Philipps, Producer
Allie Fenwick, Production Associate
Neta Rose, Associate Artist
Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Associate Artist
Ruslan Makarov, 3D Modeller
Raeburn Ferguson, Pre-Production Associate
Greg Sinclair, PodPlay Consultant
Caroline Hollway, Producer
*Image of Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Henry by Debbie Deer.
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