A critically acclaimed Saskatchewan theatrical experience will make its international debut at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival in early 2018 with the support of Creative Saskatchewan's Market Travel Grant.
Displaced is produced by Saskatoon's Ground Cover Theatre, founded in 2007 by Natasha Martina, and follows the story of three female immigrants fleeing to Canada at different points in history: Mary flees Ireland during the famine in 1847, Sofia flees war torn Germany in 1947 and Dara flees Afghanistan due to the Taliban rule in 2007.
The production has been well received by audiences and festivals alike and has proven itself to be commercially viable as well. "After being accepted into the 2016 seasons for both Live Five and the Globe Theatre’s Sandbox, I set out to secure funding to tour the production from Saskatoon to Melfort, Weyburn and Regina," says Martina. "For the first time, Ground Cover Theatre employed its actors and stage manager under an Independent Theatre Agreement through Canadian Actor’s Equity, proving itself to be a professional independent theatre company. Now, the Market Travel Grant from Creative Saskatchewan allows Ground Cover Theatre to travel to Singapore and pursue further commercial success on the international stage.""
The M1 Festival's theme this year explores women's lack of progress in society. "As a strong, thought-provoking work voicing the concerns of today and highlighting themes of inequality and injustice, Displaced is very much in line with the Festival’s aim to bring the best of contemporary, cutting-edge and socially engaged works to the Singapore audience and encourage meaningful discourse and engagement," says Jezamine Tan, Festival Manager.
To celebrate its international premiere, Displaced will take the Saskatoon stage shortly before departing for Singapore. Details of that performance can be found here.
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