We started Theatre PANIK in the wake of the 911 attacks and the growing fear of communal spaces. We wanted to embolden our audience by the communal experience - fortifying them with the conviction that theatre is a safe way to explore dangerous ideas. Our mandate is to awaken: we want to give voice to those who would otherwise go unheard, to give form to theatre that would otherwise go unseen, and to leave you, our fellow theatre makers and goers, feeling more alive and aware.
We find ourselves now, in 2017, more and more committed to stretching the bounds of the theatrical experience while building bridges to under-represented voices in society. Most recently, we are excited by the combination of art installation and theatre, as in our production of PEEP at Nuit Blanche, which brought together Toronto's best drag kings, queens, trans artists, burlesque artists and actors in an all-night photography/art installation/drag show that reimagined iconic images.
In May, 2017, we will follow up with strangers, babies - an exciting mix of art installation and immersive theatre. strangers, babies, by award-winning Scottish indie playwright Linda McLean, asks uncomfortable questions about who we offer compassion to in our society, and who we don't. Once again, we're hoping this play will challenge our audience's expectations and give them an experience they won't soon forget.
For more information: theatrepanik.ca