Written by Sophie Mercer
This is a not-so-subtle nudge to go and see a great piece of theatre before it’s too late.
Last week, I attended The Watershed at Tarragon Theatre. I was curious to see this show in part because of the involvement of Tanja Jacobs, my director for Theatre@York’s upcoming production of Three Sisters. Tanja is one of York’s MFA Directing candidates in partnership with Canadian Stage, and is an actor in The Watershed. I walked into the theatre excited to see her work, and walked out two and a half hours later in a swirl of thoughts and questions.
The Watershed, written by Annabel Soutar, was commissioned for Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, and chronicles the playwright’s real-life experiences researching the future of Canada’s freshwater resources. The production is beautifully directed by Chris Abraham of Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre, and is a joint production between his company and Soutar’s Montreal-based documentary theatre company, Porte Parole. Simply put, it is a Canadian story told by Canadians for Canada and its future.
As I joined the crowd in a standing ovation and roaring applause at the end of this show, I paused for a moment, looked around, and thought, “Why on earth is this theatre only half full? This is such an important story.”
The Watershed closes this Sunday, October 30th, which means you only have six more chances to see it! Support Canadian theatre and get a ticket for this thought-provoking and moving show.
Good news: since you’re a student, you can use hiptix to see The Watershed. That’s right! $6.50. (And this isn’t the only show you can get for that price.)
So here are my challenges to you:
1. Go out and see as much theatre as you can in your community (and in any other community you visit).
2. Go out and see as many different types of theatre as you can.
3. Go out and see this show. (Have I said it enough?!)
Get your tickets here.