In the summer of 2014, Embrace Theatre devised and toured a 40 minute piece of theatre incorporating music, puppetry, poetry, as well as traditional scenes and storytelling aimed at families. The piece was a celebration of Saskatchewan’s outdoors. Blending the aforementioned styles, we want to share the stories of Saskatchewan’s outdoors with the people of this province.
With the support of Saskatchewan Parks and other Saskatchewan communities and organizations, the piece was seen by over 1100 people, with the Saskatoon-area provincial parks as the centerpieces of the tour. Each presentation was followed by a simple workshop inviting audiences (especially children) to experience theatrical creation for themselves.
The performance itself was devised by the ensemble. Former Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Don Kerr offered his poems for use and musical adaptation in this piece. The ensemble also worked with our community to gather stories of this province’s outdoors to use as source material in shaping the particulars of the story; in this way, a diverse range of stories were collected and shared.
The Prairie Post, August 10th, 2014: Saskatoon’s Embrace Theatre takes free theatre on the road to Swift Current AND Embrace Theatre performance in Riverside Park, Swift Current, Aug. 10, 2014
VIDEO: The Saskatoon StarPheonix, July 29th 2014: Embrace Theatre Presents Saskatchewan Outdoors
Saskatoon StarPheonix, July 28th 2014: Making the Great Outdoors A Stage
MetroNews, May 14th 2014: Get Off Your Smartphone and Embrace Theatre Outdoors in Saskatchewan