Black gold, true tales, real lives
The Backstage Theatre @ the ATB Financial Arts Barns,
10330-84 Ave, Edmonton
A performance installation takes audiences on a ride through Alberta’s turbulent oil industry. Featuring stories collected via interviews with the men and women on the front lines of big oil – VISCOSITY invites audiences into one-on-one transactions with actors placing them in the midst of the compelling real-life drama of Canada’s most talked about industry. You’ve never seen anything quite like VISCOSITY and you won’t forget it.
Part exhibition, part journalism, and part performance, VISCOSITY brings to life the stories of Alberta oil workers across a variety of ages, genders, sexualities, cultures, and perspectives. Created from transcriptions of interviews with real Albertans in 2018, VISCOSITY challenges what we think we know about the people who work in big oil. This performance installation creates intimate encounters with big oil, bringing Albertans together in conversation about life in and out of the patch.
Featuring: Jimmy Buena, Chris Bullough, Leo Campos Aldunez, Murray Farnell, Byron Martin, Sandy Paddick, and Melissa Thingelstad.
Audience members may come anytime during performance times and stay as long as they wish. On average it takes approximately one hour to explore VISCOSITY.
“I went to see [VISCOSITY] tonight. It’s incredible. One of the best experiences with live performance I’ve had.” – Lizzie Derksen
“If you’re in Edmonton and want to see some incredibly affecting stories written for, about, and by workers, I can’t recommend VISCOSITY highly enough.
@theatreyes nailed it. ” – Simon Gorsak
“I invoke no hyperbole at all when I say it was one of the most engaging and enjoyable artistic experiences of my life […] I don’t want to give away too much, I just want to encourage you to GO AND SEE THIS ART.” -Dylan Rhys Howard
Dates and times:
- Wed 11/07/18 7:30pm
- Thu 11/08/18 7:30pm
- Fri 11/09/18 7:30pm
- Sat 11/10/18 7:30pm
- Sun 11/11/18 2:00pm
- Tue 11/13/18 7:30pm
- Wed 11/14/18 7:30pm
- Thu 11/15/18 7:30pm
- Fri 11/16/18 7:30pm
- Sat 11/17/18 7:30pm
Tickets are available at tixonthesquare.ca and at the door.Tickets are $20 for Adults, $15 for Students, Seniors & Artists – plus applicable fees.
Theatre Yes is also pleased to be hosting a series of three evenings of discussion connected to the themes, topics and stories explored in VISCOSITY. We invite you to join us for the following events:
- Sunday, November 11 @ 4:15 pm – Our Stories: A talk-back style community conversation about life in and out of the patch
- Tuesday, November 13 @ 9:45pm – How Oil Creates Who We Are: Panel Discussion
- Wednesday, November 14 @ 9:45 PM – Beyond the Written Word: A Talk with Don Bouzek of Ground Zero Productions