Scene/Change is a digital media project exploring identities of race, age, gender and dis/ability in an online theatre experience. It is aimed at high school students and teachers who want to try an innovative way to deepen their experience of Canadian theatre.
If you’ve even been to the theatre, have you ever wondered what it might be like if a different set of actors played the parts? A director of a play often makes bold statements through the potent mix of writing, character and actors and how they physically show up on stage. So, what if it were an actor of a different race? Or one with a physical disability? What if there were a woman playing a man’s part? What would it be like to be able to change actors in order to show a different interpretation of a scene?
Scene/Change is a project that explores these questions. We delve into issues of representation, identity and meaning by allowing you, the viewer, with three different, important Canadian plays, to compare and contrast three different sets of actors. In the Learn More section of the site you can translate the experiment into work with actors in a live environment.
Go to www.scenechangetheatre.ca to try out the site.
In Unity (1918) by Kevin Kerr, we have a scene where young Hart shocks an even younger Bea with the brutal reality of war and its obvious impact on him. In Judith Thompson’s The Thrill, Elora, from the perspective of her wheelchair, and Julian, her supposed “enemy”, have a wonderful exchange that leads to unexpected results. Lastly, in Thomson Highway’s Dry Lips Ought to Move to Kapuskasing, men on a First Nations reserve protest an all-girl hockey team, seeing it as another assault on their identity, already under siege in Canada.