Culture Days (September 29 and 30, 2012, 2 - 4 pm) Britannia Heritage Shipyards
Mortal Coil is proud to be part of Culture Days this year by presenting two talk backs about the Making and Doing of Salmon Row. We will have members of the creative team at the Britannia Shipyards, with some of the costumes and props from the production. We'll be talking about how the production grew out of the site and its rich history and what it is like to work within and about a community.
Come down and talk to us about the show!
(As at August 2012)
Mortal Coil is thrilled to announce that Salmon Row will be remounted in 2013, thanks to a financial commitment from the City of Richmond. The production is currently due to open on August 15 and run to September 1, 2013. Watch this site for more information as it becomes available.
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“Do I catch the fish or do the fish catch me?”
- Canning Line Song
A show for the entire family!
Employing close to 20 actors, stilted characters, large masks, original songs and a live 4 piece band, Salmon Row tells the story of a place of plenty, the mouth of the Fraser River and the creatures and peoples who subsisted, thrived and profited from the seemingly endless resource of salmon which they found there. As word of this treasure trove of fish and the economic opportunity it offered spread throughout the world, the river became populated by thousands of people from as far away as Haida Gwaii, China, Japan and Europe. This caused the delicately balanced realm of Eagle, Bear and Aboriginal people to be brutally thrust into the world of modern industry with gigantic canneries processing millions of fish in one season.
Our saga follows the stories of some of these people - First Nations and Chinese and Japanese immigrants - as they are caught in the nets of big business on the riverbank. This compelling and vibrant piece of theatre explores issues of immigration, ethnic conflict, labour history and memory. This is also the story of the salmon and the constancy and mystery of its journey as it meets the need and greed of its human predators. Whether or not this story will be ongoing remains to be seen.
Taking place on site at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard in the Steveston area of south Richmond, the audience will move with the show and actors from one site to another, becoming an integral part of the show. Mortal Coil's signature use of stilts, puppets, music, masks and actors bring this play to compelling life.
Join us nightly between August 18th and August 28th (excluding August 22nd) in Steveston to experience this compelling piece of theatre and history. Shows begin at 8pm, rain or shine. Admission is by donation, although a $10 donation is suggested. Ticket reservations can be accessed here.
We'll see you there!
- Appropriate for children 10 years and up
- 90 minutes
- No intermission
- Rain or shine
For Media inquiries, please contact:
By Nicola Harwood
Directed by: Peter Hall
Composer: Tobin Stokes
Settings and Site Designed by: Yvan Morissette
Costumes Designed by: Barbara Clayden
Lighting Designed by: Gerald King
Video and Slides Designed by: Tim Matheson
Puppets, Masks Designed and built by: Frank Rader
Musical Direction by: Steven Charles
Movement Coach/Japanese Consultant: Yayoi Hirano
Dramaturg: Martin Kinch