Part of the PuSh International Festival of the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25 and a free companion rate is offered to VocalEye users. Please call the Access Push Coordinator, Anika, to purchase tickets and to arrange a sighted guide: 604-605-8284, ext 204
Running time is 85 minutes, no intermission. This performance includes a Touch Tour before the show at 1:00 pm and a Talk Back afterwards.
Described by Ingrid Turk
Concord Floral is a million square foot abandoned greenhouse and a hangout for neighbourhood kids. But something has happened there. Something nobody wants to talk about. Inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s medieval allegory The Decameron and late 20th century teen-slasher flicks like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Concord Floral takes place in a contemporary Canadian suburb, in which ten teens must flee a plague they have brought upon themselves.
This production will feature a cast of local youth chosen from across the Lower Mainland that will tour to three municipalities. An exciting experiment in creation, collaboration and participation, as well as thrilling theatre in its own right.
“Spine-tingling” –The Globe and Mail (2016)
“In his new play, Concord Floral, Jordan Tannahill invents a very modern suburban legend – but he has more in mind than just sending chills down spines with tales of supernatural cellphone horror. He wants to confront audiences of all ages with something much scarier: the realities of being a teenager in our preapocalyptic times.
Concord Floral, named after an actual abandoned greenhouse and developed over the course of several years with teens, is written like a documentary play, with short, sharp scenes of dialogue mixed with bursts of direct testimonial. The point of view shifts between the 10 teenagers – as well as the occasional animal or inanimate object that bears witness to their experiments with drugs or battles with depression or hook-ups arranged with older strangers over Craigslist. (The cast composition – seven young women; three young men – and plague-inspired atmosphere are inspired by a classic of 14th century Italian literature – yes, it’s The Decameron meets Degrassi.)” –The Globe and Mail (2014)
“Dislocation, loneliness, confusion: these we remember about our younger selves. And while Tannahill and this gripping production depict those horrors of growing up with precision and sensitivity, the show also layers in a creeping sense of dread about contemporary teen life, a feeling that “something in the air has shifted” as one character puts it, that may seem foreign to the adolescent experience of many older audience members.” –Ottawa Citizen