Audible Songs from Rockwood

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A song-cycle based on case files of people incarcerated at Rockwood Asylum between 1856-1881.

Songwriter Simone Schmidt spent two years combing through the case files of people incarcerated at The Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane between 1856-1881. In this concert staged for theatre, Schmidt attempts to remember ten women and offers questions about the archive as an apparatus of colonial power, definitions of sanity, and the settler-colonial agenda foundational to today’s carceral systems. Based on the critically acclaimed album by Fiver by the same title.

“…every creak and crack of Audible Songs From Rockwood feels authentic, like Schmidt stumbled back in time and unearthed vintage, forgotten recordings.” – CBC Music

The listed show times include a 15 minute Q&A after each show.

Part of the SummerWorks Presentations programming – offering you a snapshot of contemporary performance in 2019. A vital collection of new theatre, dance, music, and live art works from across the country.


FIVER Directed by Frank Cox-O’Connell; Written by Simone Schmidt; Set and Costume Design by Shannon Lea Doyle; Created by Simone Schmidt, Shannon Lea Doyle and Frank Cox-O’Connell; Performed by Simone Schmidt, Carlie Howell, and Laura Bates

photo by Jeff Bierk

The Theatre Centre - Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON

Saturday August 10th 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Sunday August 11th 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Friday August 16th 10:45pm - 12:00am
Saturday August 17th 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Sunday August 18th 9:30pm - 10:45pm

Ticket Price: $15

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WarningsMature themes and fog/haze