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Saturday November 23 2019 at 2:00 PM
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An Immersive Theatre Experience Inspired by the Psychiatric Writing of Frantz Fanon

An immigrant psychiatrist develops psychosis and then schizophrenia. He walks a long path towards reconnection with himself, his son, and humanity.

Walk with him.

Within our immersive design (a fabric of sound, video, and live actors) lean in close to the possibilities of perceptual experience.

People living with schizophrenia ‘hear voices’ and fear loss of control over their own thoughts and bodies. But how does any one of us actually separate internal and external voices? How do we trust what we see or feel? How do we know which voices are truly our own?

Within the installation find places of retreat from chaos. Find poetry. Find critical analysis.

Explore archival material, Fanon’s writings and contemporary interviews with psychiatrists, neuroscientists, artists, and people living with schizophrenia, to reflect on the relationships between identity, history, racism and mental health.

Co-Produced by The ECT Collective and The Theatre Centre

Writer, Creator: Suvendrini Lena
Co-Creator, Co-Director: Leah Cherniak
Co-Director: Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
Assistant Director: Abigail Whitney
Production Manager: Rebecca Vandevelde
Co-Creator, Set and Video Designer: Trevor Schwellnus
Assistant Set Designer: Victoria Wallace
Lighting Designer: Shawn Henry
Sound Designer: Nick Murray
Stage Manager: Tara Mohan
Assistant Stage Manager: Emily Maxwell
Video Design Consultant and Programmer: Frank Donato
Head of Wardrobe and Costume Designer: Madeline Ius
Theatre Centre Producer: Alexis Eastman
Performers: Kwaku Adu-Poku, Peter Bailey, Allan Louis, Kyra Harper

Developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre by Suvendrini Lena and Co-creators Leah Cherniak and Trevor Schwellnus with Lyon Smith.

We also acknowledge the following artists who collaborated in the development process – Andre Sills, Jiv Paramsuram, Bilal Baig, Soheil Parsa, Carla B Melo, Peter Bailey, Kwaku Adu Poku and Alexander Thomas, David Austin.

Consulting Development Producer Ngozi Paul with Khadijah Salawu

Physician Collaborators: Araba Chintoh, Ademole Ademponle, David Goldbloom, Gary Remington, Patricia Cavanaugh, Ariel Graff.

With support from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council and with Residency’s lead sponsor, BMO Financial.



The Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Performance Notes

Post Matinee Panel Talk Our Patients and Our Selves: Experiences of Racism Among Health Care Workers November 23, 2019 4:30-6:30pm

An opportunity for Black health care workers and health care workers of colour to reflect on how racism in the workplace affects us, in our personal lives, our lives as professionals and as advocates for our patients and communities. How do we cope, how do we thrive?

Facilitator: Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best of Black Health Alliance

Guest Panelists: Dr. Onye Nnorum (Black Physicians Association of Ontario), Dr. Natasha Williams (Association of Black Psychologists), Donna Alexander (CAMH & Black Health Alliance), Josiah Osagie (Psychiatry Resident, U of T Medicine)

Co-Sponsors: Black Physicians of Ontario, Association of Black Psychiatrists

This is a general admission performance - the seats are on a first come, first serve basis when you arrive at the theatre.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to start of performance.