Broadleaf Theatre (Toronto): <em>The Chemical Valley Project</em>

Broadleaf Theatre (Toronto): The Chemical Valley Project

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St, Peterborough)

Friday March 6 2020

Relaxed Performance

12:30 pm matinée

7:30 pm

Don’t miss the Devised Theatre Workshop: Objects and Personal Storytelling. With Kevin Matthew Wong of Broadleaf Theatre (Toronto). Click here for more information

Located in Sarnia, the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve is smothered by one of Canada’s largest petrochemical corridors: the Chemical Valley. Vanessa Gray and Lindsay Beze Gray have dedicated their lives to fighting the pollution that threatens their community’s health and future. Theatre makers Julia Howman and Kevin Matthew Wong document their vital activism as land defenders and water protectors. Through an innovative blend of design, object puppetry, and performance, The Chemical Valley Project sparks conversations on Canadian environmental policy, treaty rights and Indigenous relations, and of Canadian identity and values. NOW Magazine Critics’ Pick at the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival, honourable mention for the Theatre Centre Emerging Artists Award, winner of Theatre Passe Muraille’s Crapshoot in fall of 2016.

Mooney on Theatre:
“I highly recommend seeing this show for the important reality it exposes. To its diligent creators: thank you.”

NNNN – Now Magazine Critics’ Pick:
“Wong has a warm, generous and fully present delivery style, and Howman’s imaginative production design goes beyond a slide presentation to create something with a grassroots, humane feel….

Wong is sensitive to the idea of cultural appropriation, and so he lets the siblings talk for themselves in audio interviews; in a video clip, he even shows them the work in progress and asks for suggestions, which he then implements”

alt theatre magazine:
“I left The Chemical Valley Project with a sense of the value in stories, and with a model for what it takes to really listen and come to understand others’ lived experience… earnest, accessible, and very well told.”

Janis Lacouvee:
“The Chemical Valley Project is moving and disruptive theatre, a call to action beautifully told and executed, and a must see for any modern Canadian.”

More Information:

Broadleaf Theatre

Vanessa Gray Calls for Allies Against Pipelines – The Link

Sisters host ‘Toxic Tours’ of their home in Canada’s Chemical Valley – Anishinabek News

Aamjiwnaang Solidarity Against Chemical Valley

Relaxed Performance

The Chemical Valley Project is being presented as a Relaxed Performance. Relaxed performances are designed to make theatre spaces more comfortable and welcoming to audience members with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. Other audience members who benefit from Relaxed Performances include parents with toddlers, people with Tourette’s syndrome, people who experience anxiety or people who are not comfortable with the conventions of a traditional theatre setting.


Thanks to these Trent University programs for their support in bringing Broadleaf Theatre to Peterborough:

Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies
First Peoples House of Learning
Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies
Indigenous Environmental Science & Studies
Indigenous Studies PhD Program
Sustainability Studies


Main Photo: Graham Isador

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