There’s something so incredibly vital about the live connection performers and audiences can make in the theatre! Stageworks is over-the-moon proud to be sharing the hugely positive audience response to our devised theatre production of Heirlooms & Baggage (My Mother’s Story). Audience members revealed that they were making deep emotional connections with the stories about our mothers – five extraordinary lives of five ordinary women. The comments on social media included, “absolutely fantastic show!!!”, and particularly touched on the diversity of the stories and the actors in our company.
For the artists in our company who’ve worked together for over a year to build this show [Camryn Chew, Peg Christopherson, Cory Haas, Renee Iaci, Ragini Kapil, Eric Keenleyside and Marilyn Norry] the response is a gratifying validation of the kind of theatre-making we’ve been doing at Stageworks over the last couple of years. It’s some kind of special for artists when a piece of theatre you’ve created gets such a warm embrace from your community.
The take-away for the company is that it’s important to continue to develop the kind of show that emerges out of the diverse lived experiences of people in our community. This direction will lead to larger, more inclusive audiences watching, listening, learning from, and being inspired by theatre that is representative of people just like “us”.