Ensemble Theatre Company presents Brunch: The Farm Show

  • August 4, 2019
  • Times: Sunday, August 4th 2019
  • Location: Jericho Arts Centre
  • Address:
  • 1675 Discovery Street
  • Vancouver, BC

The Farm Show was a seminal "collective creation" under the direction of Paul Thompson, who pioneered the technique. A troupe of actors from Theatre Passe Muraille went out to the countryside near Clinton, Ontario one summer to talk to local farmers about their lives. In pairs, the actors knocked on every farm door in the Clinton district. In order to get the desired interviews, they often ended up helping with farm chores and paging through wedding albums over tea. They transformed their interviews into a series of set pieces, from a monologue about the pains of stacking hay bales to a song about a farming dynasty; the end result was The Farm Show, one of the landmarks of Canadian theatre history.

The Farm Show was first produced in 1972 by Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. The show was a great success, and it has been performed in barns and theatres across Canada, on tour in the UK, and became the subject of the documentary film The Clinton Special produced by author Michael Ondaatje. In recent years, Michael Healey has taken the idea further, and in his play The Drawer Boyreflects on the impact the theatrical visitors and this collective piece had on the community of Clinton, Ontario.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Jericho Arts Centre
1675 Discovery Street


General Admission $14.50

*Rate include service and facility fees

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Ensemble Theatre Company presents Brunch: The Farm Show
1675 Discovery Street