Theatre doesn’t only happen beneath a proscenium arch, site-specific productions take performances out of the theatre and place them in unexpected real-world settings.
Locations for site-specific productions usually have some tie-in to the content of the show, but can be as diverse as parks, bars, museums, churches or parking garages.
This week there are some really awesome-sounding site-specific performances taking place around the city that are definitely worth checking out.
Mister Marmalade (Outside the March)
Staged inside a real-life Kindergarten classroom at Holy Family Catholic School, the show is a dark comedy about a four-year-old named Lucy and her increasingly disturbing and destructive relationship with her imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade.
- Outside the March presents Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle
- July 16 – 28 @ 7:30 pm Holy Family Catholic School (141 Close Ave)
- wwww.artsboxoffice.ca (416) 504-7529 http://www.outsidethemarch.ca/
Porch View Dances (Kaeja d’Dance)
In Porch View Dances: An Urban Landscape Performance Initiative, fifteen residents of Toronto’s Seaton Village neighbourhood perform new choreographed dances on the front porches of their own homes, culminating in a celebratory “Flock Landing” in Vermont Park.
- Kaeja d’Dance presents PORCH VIEW DANCES
- July 19-22; Thurs-Sat at 7pm, Sat & Sun at 2pm (Rain date July 22 at 7pm)
- Audiences will be led to five different dwellings, beginning at 84 London St. and culminating in a celebratory Flock Landing in Vermont Park. PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN
Memory in the Mud (Words in Motion)
The grounds and buildings of the Evergreen Brick Works are the site of Memory in the Mud; part educational tour, part site-specific theatre, this roving historical play celebrates the unrecognized Canadians who’ve lived or worked at the Brick Works and helped build the city of Toronto.
- Performances start Wednesday, July 11 at 3:00pm, and will run most Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons over July, August and September. Please see ebw.evergreen.ca for schedule.