In partnership with the King’s Theatrical Society
by Jordan Tannahill
University of King’s College alumna and DMV Theatre Artistic Producer, Pamela Halstead, returns to her alma mater with the Nova Scotia premiere of Concord Floral, by Jordan Tannahill. Finalist for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama and winner of the 2015 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play, this stunning piece of theatre is “An ensemble choral piece that packs a theatrical and emotional punch.” (Jon Kaplan, NOW Toronto).
Concord Floral is a one-million-square-foot abandoned greenhouse and a refuge for neighbourhood kids; a place all to themselves in which to dream, dare, and come of age. But hidden there is a secret no one wants to confront. When two friends stumble upon it, they set off an unstoppable chain of events, from shadows in parking lots to phone calls from the grave. It’s time for the teens of Concord Floral to start talking….
Concord Floral was originally created with high school students from across the greater Toronto area and it is recommended that it be produced with students instead of professional actors. The DMV Theatre production will feature King’s students and high school students from the Halifax area in the cast. Additionally, DMV Theatre is offering a mentorship component for students in the technical aspects of theatre production including stage management, lighting and sound design.
Director Pamela Halstead, who received an Outstanding Director Merritt Award nomination in 2017 for her production of The Drowning Girls, is thrilled to be working with King’s Theatrical Society to bring this provocative piece of theatre to Halifax audiences for a limited engagement.
Powerful and haunting, Concord Floral holds nothing back as it delves deep into the realities of being a teenager in our modern world. Not often does theatre speak to young people in such a direct way, while leaving audiences of all ages completely enthralled until the very end. Tannahill’s heart wrenching hit will leave you gasping for air and wanting more.
The critics agree this is a must-see play:
“Artfully structured, yet full of suspense… it’s got style and substance—and is scary as all get out” — J. Kelly
Nestruck, The Globe and Mail
“A brilliant modern Canadian fable.” — Annie Hodgins, Theatromania
Director: Pamela Halstead
Assistant Director: Daniel Halpern
Lighting Design: Ingrid Risk
Sound Design: June Zinck
Choral Consultant: Chuck Homewood
Movement Coach: Emily Pettet
Technical Director: Christopher Tully
Stage Manager: Gina Thornhill
Ella Buckler, Lauryn Forrest, Harvey Gildea, Daniel Halpern, Adriana Loewen, Leela Shamash, Aylin Sozdinler, Mai To, Maika Villeneuve, David Woroner
Tickets available here.Date/Time: January 11, 2019 - 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM