In 2016, a group of harm reduction workers and frontline responders from the Downtown Eastside community embarked on an artistic journey exploring our lived experience of illicit drug culture, the human impacts of drug policy, and the realities of the opioid overdose crisis. The result? A shadow play telling one community's story of courage, tragedy, and hope. Please join us as we share our first full production of "Illicit" at the beautiful Orpheum Annex, followed by an Opioid Dialogue in collaboration with community partners. Through the magic of shadow theatre, music, and poetry, you've never experienced the Downtown Eastside like this before!
We believe that the arts can play a significant role in harm reduction because they have the ability to reveal a shared humanity. Our hope is to, with imagination and honesty, fight the stigma that still surrounds people who use illicit drugs and alcohol - stigma that impedes our ability as a society to effectively respond to and prevent tragedies like the overdose crisis.
Tuesday July 3 at 1pm: pay-what-you-can at the door community performance
July 3 & 4 at 7pm: public performances, $15 in advance
We gratefully acknowledge that we live, work, and create on the unceded traditional homelands of the swxwú7mesh (Squamish), selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xmkym (Musqueam) Nations.
Artistic Director & Producer: Kelty McKerracher
Director: Renae Morriseau
Musical Director: Devon Martin
Shadow Theatre Director: David Mendes
Shadow Theatre Co-Creator: Matt Kennedy
Stage Manager: Dorothy Jenkins
Shadow Dramaturgy: Chloe Ziner
Consultants: Savannah Walling & Will Weigler
With thanks to our funders: Vancouver Civic Theatres, Canada Council for the Arts, Community Action Initiative, CARBC
And our community partners: SFU Office of Community Engagement, PHS Community Services Society, Hives for Humanity
Orpheum Annex (View)
823 Seymour St.
Vancouver, BC V6G 3L4
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|