This week, we’ve invited writers from the 2013 Banff Playwrights Colony to guest blog about their experiences here.
When I was told I was getting the Margaret Greenham Theatre during my time at the Banff Playwrights Colony I thought that was strange. Strange because I was in Banff, the most beautiful place on earth. “Shouldn’t I be in a studio with a window so I can look at the scenery…or something?”
But then again, I work in theatre. I made my choice long ago. If I wanted outdoor scenery I would have been a park ranger. But it made me think how theatre artists rarely spend time in an actual theatre, save for tech and performing for an audience.
So there I was in the Margaret Greenham Theatre being shown how to turn theatre lights on for myself. Again, very strange. I’m used to a guy, with a big voice and a small tool-belt, telling me that only trained technicians can flick a light switch on and/or off. Not here. Because I write choreography into all my work, I was given my mornings at the Colony to choreograph the dances I had written into this play.
On my first morning I found myself in a dark theatre and thought again, “Wow. Here I am in Banff and I’m inside a dark theatre with no windows.”
The irony of no daylight wasn’t lost on me. Same Same But Different is a play in which the sun appears on stage as a silent character that speaks to the story’s relationship to shadism: a by-product of colonialism, where a person of colour wishes for fair skin colour. Describing the sun to the team of Same Same But Different has been challenging. “What do you mean, Anita? So the Sun appears indoors? What does that look like to you?”
But then. In Banff. There was light. Continue Reading →