Roseneath Theatre is currently developing the following plays through workshop:
It’s Nothing by Julia Lederer
It’s Nothing addresses eating disorders, a pertinent issue for young girls and boys. This piece aims to present a unique perspective on anorexia that assists in the understanding of the illness by those experiencing it and those on the outside. Following the story of Emma, a high school student, there is an unseen girl who speaks Emma’s thoughts, a hot dog who taunts her, a concerned close friend, as well as her mother and the school guidance counsellor. Important aspects of developing this show include exploring how to present the mindset of someone who suffers from anorexia on stage through humour as well as demystifying what treatment entails.
Swings and Roundabouts by Andrea Scott
In Afghanistan, some little girls (starting at age 5) are dressed as boys. These girls are called bacha posh, which is Dari for ‘dressed as boy’. The essential reason is that boys are valued and girls are not. Many girls are tempted with the freedom of wearing pants, going to school, playing sports and having a job. However, once these girls reach puberty they are shunted back into their role of ‘girl’ in order to prepare them for marriage. Swings and Roundabouts tells the story of a young girl escaping Afghanistan with her family in part due to the recent and brazen assassination attempt on 14 year old Malala Yousufzai by the Taliban. This play explores knowing who you are and having the strength and confidence to admit it to the world.
Omega by Emil Sher (Playwright in Residence)
Omega is inspired by a true story Emil heard chronicled in a documentary for CBC Radio. Elizabeth Gray told the compelling tale of a young man with a boundless passion for graffiti whose life was cut short when he was struck by a train in the midst of making art. That is how he and his friends looked upon the colourful “bombs” he dropped on the walls of buildings and sides of trains: as artful self-expression. In his unshakeable but risky commitment to his craft he earned the respect of his peers and, unexpectedly, his parents’ abiding admiration.
It is Omega’s passion for self expression that will drive this play and raise the question – what’s your passion? The exploration of this young graffiti artists’ story will focus on his relationship with his parents and friends as well as the impact his death had on the wider community. We are interested to explore the physicality of danger in this story through movement as well as percussion using spray-paint cans and other found objects from Omega’s world. The structure of this piece will play with time and flashbacks to give the audience context while driving the story home in an active way.