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Meeting At Thebes

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by Lee Bolton; performed by Peyton Le Barr, with Mithila Ballal and Jim Angel


6:00 PM

LOCATION: Confederation Square, 499 George St N.
SHOW LENGTH: 20 mins

*Please arrive 15-20 minutes early

Photo of Confederation Square statue by Tim Laye, Ontario War Memorials

Meeting at Thebes is an interactive storytelling journey that blends practical community action with ritual, physical theatre and contemporary text. By combining an ancient story told at a local site of profound modern and historical resonance with a performance that fully embraces the present moment, Meeting at Thebes speaks directly to relevant social issues while offering room for us as a community, amidst months of isolation and uncertainty, to come together and enact the core ingredient of healing: a collective catharsis.

Meeting at Thebes is based on Bolton’s play Jocasta, first produced in Leeds, UK in 2009.

Jocasta is a feminist reimagining of  Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex. Sophocles wrote about kings, gods and inescapable fate against the backdrop of a plague threatening the city of Thebes. Jocasta shifted the focus from the powerful to the powerless, not only the doomed mother/wife of the title but the marginalized of the city.

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As the world came to a halt in March of 2020, Lee found herself standing at a sink remembering the  profound experience of ritual handwashing with which performers greeted the Jocasta audience. She had begun reworking the piece when Public Energy’s call for the Pivot Series pivoted that reworking into its current form – young Jocasta speaking to the people of her city while pregnant with Oedipus, accompanied by a two person movement Chorus.

Lee Bolton

Recently I returned to Peterborough after more than three decades working as a theatre maker, teacher  and curator. I have worked from sea (Artistic Director, Yukon Educational Theatre) to sea (Artistic  Director, Silk Purse Theatre Vancouver) to sea (Executive Director, Imperial Theatre Saint John) and also  across the sea in Leeds & Glasgow, UK.  

Peyton Le Barr

Peyton has been a professional actor for over a decade. She is a masters graduate from England’s East 15 Acting School and has performed on such highly acclaimed stages as Shakespeare’s Globe. In 2018 Peyton was a guest artist at Humber College teaching the art of site-specific theatre, a style of  performance that she has an extensive background working in both as a performer and a producer. She  is currently a Peterborough resident. 

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An outdoor fall performance series to be presented between October 2-18 2020 in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. The Pivot Series is intended for socially distanced outdoor audiences in response to COVID-19 measures. Public Energy Performing Arts has partnered with the Peterborough ReFrame Film Festival to create a short documentary about the Pivot Series for screening at the 2021 ReFrame festival.

The Pivot Series is inviting artists to re-imagine existing work, or create new work for an outdoor site-specific public setting in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong. Locations include parking lots, parks, park pavilions and many more. Performance works are 15-30 minutes in length.



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