Truly unforgettable Remembrance Day programming!

Unexploded Ordnance: a one-man journey through the Great War, brought to you by a stellar team of Peterborough’s best independent artists.

100 years after Armistice Day, performer Ryan Kerr takes audiences on a unique path through World War 1, incorporating theatre, live music, dance, and the radical DADA art movement. Unexploded Ordnance – created with director Kate Story, and performed with consummate musicians Curtis Driedger and Matt Greco – is moving, funny, and thought-provoking by turns, providing a glimpse into the almost indescribable carnage, the politics, and the arts of the period, with a poignant personal vein. Live music and an audience-participation “DADA Randomization Machine” introduces a hilarious touch. Through Unexploded Ordnance, top-notch local artists share their passion for creation and connection. It’s a show your students will never forget.

Length: 50 minutes

Artists are available for a post-show Q+A with students

Space requirements: a performance area minimum 20×20 feet, swept and clean. If the audience is large, ideally the performance area is a raised stage, or the audience is raked for good sightlines. Power cords necessary for musicians and lighting. Music is both live and recorded; team will provide a sound system and lighting system unless one is in place. Creative team requires access to the space at least one hour before presentation time.

Dates: October 29-November 30, 2018

To Book / More Information:

Please contact Eva Fisher: admin@publicenergy.ca

The Creative Team:

Ryan Kerr (creator/performer) is the artistic director of small black-box theatre The Theatre on King. Ryan has directed and/or choreographed over 30 original works, and overseen countless others since the opening of TTOK. He has written two commissioned theatre shows on the Great War for 4th Line Theatre, and Arbor. He is also an experienced lighting designer and sound/lighting technician, having been technical director of Public Energy for almost fifteen years, and in the past five years has trained four new technical personnel at The Theatre on King, who have gone on to work professionally with Arbor Theatre, Public Energy, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and others. He was introduced to theatre in high school in Scarborough.

Kate Story (creator/director) is a writer, performer, and choreographer, and the 2015 recipient of the Ontario Arts Foundation’s K.M. Hunter Artist Award in theatre. She is dramaturge for Public Energy’s Alternating Currents program, and has directed, co-created with, and/or performed with diverse theatre and dance artists in Peterborough, Toronto, and St. John’s.

Curtis Driedger (musician) is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. He moved here from Toronto in 1989, leaving behind a very successful run with his ground breaking band, the CeeDees, who appeared in Ron Mann’s celebrated film, “Poetry in Motion”, backing up poet Allen Ginsberg in 1982. Curtis is a local go-to resource for dance music, theatre related projects, and music lessons. He has participated in many band projects, and over the years founded the Mandolin Society of Peterborough (2003), an 18 piece mandolin orchestra which he continues to arrange for and direct, and perhaps most notably the Zippity Doo Dah Community Soul Chorus (2011) which has swelled to over 80 members, for which he also arranges music.

An always in-demand fixture in the Peterborough music community, Matt Greco (musician) is well-known for his extensive, diverse drumming skill and his ability to collaborate in a variety of musical styles. With over 25 years of experience, his laid-back demeanour betrays a fiery passion for his instrument. Matt has played with a wide variety of groups, from jazz-inspired ensembles to rockabilly/swing, rock, funk, blues, roots, and country, and has toured across Canada and beyond.

Eryn Lidster (stage manager and tech) is an emerging theatre artist. Since 2014, when she attended her first live show at The Theatre on King, she has been involved in the production of over 20 theatrical projects, including Public Energy’s 2017 Alternating Currents festival (production manager), and Wyatt Lamoureaux’s Algonquin Highway (stage management and lighting/sound operation), which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. Eryn has been training in stage management, sound and lighting operation, and lighting design with TTOK’s artistic director Ryan Kerr for the past 3 years.


In-School Workshops

The Unexploded Ordnance creative team offer workshops that create inclusive and positive learning environments free from bullying, harassment, and discrimination.

Length: 45 minutes-1.5 hours (flexible)

Age: any high school grade

Comparative Music with Curtis Driedger

How do songs from the period of World War 1 compare with the hits of today? What has changed in content and structure, and what has remained the same? Curtis Driedger’s many years of teaching music coupled with his wide range of knowledge about music from the Great War, and his years of experience playing in popular bands, will make this workshop accessible, informative, and fun.

Students will learn to:

  • analyze songs from the present and a century ago in terms of musical structure and form, lyrical content, and effect.

Requirements: sound proof room.

Max 35 students per workshop

Creating Choreography from Text with Ryan Kerr and Kate Story

Experienced choreographers Ryan and Kate will take your students through exercises that demystify choreography creation, culminating in a group dance.

Students will learn to:

  • Create short choreographic sequences based on text and/or numbers
  • Combine seemingly disparate elements into a cohesive choreographic whole
  • Analyze, using dance vocabulary, how elements of dance are used to communicate ideas and express emotions

Requirements: a clean, swept, soundproof room with enough space for students to move freely without the risk of hitting one another.

We will bring our own laptop with speakers for music.

Students should wear clothes they can move in. Dance experience not required. Dance students can work alongside those with no dance training in this workshop.

Max 35 students per workshop

Lighting Design and Op for Beginners.

Lighting designers and technicians Eryn Lidster and Ryan Kerr will take your students through basic lighting design and operation. A wonderful way to demystify theatre tech.

Students will learn to:

  • Name the parts of a theatre light and lighting board
  • Simple board operation
  • Basics of lighting design

Requirements: A room where we can set up a basic lighting board and instruments, which we will provide. If the school has a lighting system, we could work with that given prior tech specs.

Access to room for at least ½ hour before workshop

No previous lighting tech experience required for students.

Max 12 students per workshop

Thank You!

Public Energy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our 2018-19 Season Funders and Sponsors

  • Canada Council
  • Peterborough Inn and Suites
  • Whatley Technical Supplies
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Canadian Heritage
  • City of Peterborough
  • Kawartha Now
  • TD
  • We Design
  • Hi Ho Silver