Theatre

Year of the Typewriter responds to a challenge by ecology writer Paul Kingsnorth to cast landscape as the lead character in stories. 

Doris in Typing Pool

We aim to change the world in 75 words a minute, ding! Typing Pool is an audience-immersive experience in translating the narrative of place. It is imagined for citified wildernesses of all description. You,our audience, are recruited as the Typing Pool and provided with tools for dictation. Before you is a story writ in landscape--it could be the harbor and woods, a cloudscape, a garbage barge, a stream of humanity, or fabulously priced harbour-front real estate.

Museum of Rain our next large-scale, elemental and impossible, site-specific work. A water-based installation that is physical, immersive and performative. One’s relationship with rain is undeniable for the rainforest dwellers. This narrative piece explores the ephemeral beauty, the exhilaration, and the meaning we can find in the downpour. Get your raingear on. It’s a theatrical deluge.

Join us as world-class scholars, theatre artists and musicians blend art and science to explore Earth’s past and fragile future. UBC, The Only Animal Theatre Society and Science World are celebrating Earth Day 2020 with a multi-modal mix of short TED-style talks, plays drawn from the Climate Change Theatre Action repertoire, and an excerpt of the newly commissioned Earth Symphony.

1000 Pop-Up Hearts

Working in cross-sector partnerships in order to bring imagination, vision and heart of artists into the climate narrative in order to mobilize a society paralyzed by climate anxiety and grief.

Everyone is affected by climate crisis. But those under 25 are known as Generation Hot, because their entire lives will be shaped by global warming. Global youth protest is the new face of the climate movement.

A man recovering from amnesia, the wife who doesn't want him to remember, and a woman who washes up out of the sea.  Memory and desire are the twin rip tides at work in this lost and found story.  A radio play/live action hybrid that plays up and down the beach, in and out of the water.

This program asks companies to read or create a performance of one of 50 short climate change plays in support of the United Nations COP23 meetings chaired by Fiji and hosted in Bonn, Germany.

The Only Animal's contribution to the collective event HIVE 3, Sugar blends five stories of first love into a candy-coloured confection.  Five women concot their miniature tales of bittersweet romance using baking ingredients and cookies.  These intimate object theatre pieces staged on breadboards balanced on the knees of two spectators take place in a 1950s frosted kitchen by the multitalented Keith Murray. 

Follow The Only Animal deep into the forest December 20, the darkest night of the year, on a quest to bring back the light. The sun disappeared into the trees and has not been seen since. Some say it sank to the bottom of the sea. Journey into this dark and frozen world to find the spark of a new start.

HIVE 2 took over 2 warehouse spaces at the Digital Media Centre for a 9-day marathon of perspective-rocking, intimate, outrageous, and eclectic performances by 11 independent B.C. theatre companies. Our installation you and the moon used interactive video, animated illustration, wild shifts of scale, and one very surprising performer to tell a love story for an audience of one.

you and the moon was picked up by The Cultch and remounted in 2010 in the Micro Theatre Series

 

From Sticks & Stones, Created by The Only Animal and the Adeline Collective, ‘Deer’ designed by Kat Binns, performed by Robert Leveroos. Photo Credit: Lukas Engelhardt.

Follow The Only Animal deep into the woods on February 13th, 2016 for Sticks & Stones: a forest puppet show.  A trail walk will reveal the secret strange creatures of the undergrowth, some tender and green, some ancient and craggy. Puppets made from stick, leaf and moss will show you the forest anew.