Presented in partnership with Outside the March and in association with Stratford Festival Lab
The Pop-Up Shop - 1282 Bloor Street West
August 13, 7.30pm
August 14, 4pm
August 14, 7.30pm
August 15, 3pm
The Children of the Bear is the story of a young family growing up in a low income neighbourhood in central Alberta. The confined walls of the family’s living room quickly give way to a world of Knights and Wizards—just like the video games into which the family regularly escape—creating an expansive free-ranging immersive parable. Audiences are invited to explore simultaneous storylines, making choices and discoveries as they unravel the kingdom’s complicated colonial history and lore.
Throughout The Pop-Up Experience: The Children of the Bear, Todd Houseman will be working in collaboration with co-conspirator and site-specific theatre veteran Louise Casemore, director Mitchell Cushman, Stratford Festival fight choreographers Anita Nittoly , Jenn Dzialoszynski and a team of designers. Join them during this Lab Residency as they explore the aesthetic fantasy world that the larger project will exist within, and the mechanics behind the operation of the branching narrative.
As part of the SummerWorks Lab Residencies this year, four artists/collectives from Outside the March’s TD Forward March program will take over pop-up storefront spaces. If you want a glimpse into the artistic process, stop by 1282 Bloor Street West between August 9 – 15, where you’ll be able to engage in the creative process and peek through the windows to watch the Forward March artists at work throughout the month of August.
Quests for Bold Adventurers
Remember, When in Doubt, the Tree Holds the Answers
To unlock the secret, fill in the blank, “________ of the Bear”
What is the name of the Mother of the Blue Knight?
What is another name for the Black Knights of old?
What is the Tree’s true name? It is secret and cool to some.
Created by Todd Houseman
Performers: Drew Moore and Chris Mejaki
Sound Design: Melissa Joakim
Production Design: Nick Blais
TD Forward March is supported by TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment.
If you want a glimpse into the artistic process, stop by 1282 Bloor Street West at our Pop-Up location, where you’ll be able to engage in the creative process and peek through the windows to watch the Forward March artists at work throughout the month of August.
See information about the other projects from The Pop-Up Experience below.
The Pop-Up Experience is an indoor experience with a small capacity of distanced audience members who must remain masked at all times. There will be up to 20 people distanced in the space at any time.
Unfortunately there is no on-site audience washroom. The space is wheelchair accessible.
A limited number of tickets are reserved for audience members who use American Sign Language for the Saturday August 7, 7:30PM performance. If you require ASL interpretation please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve one of these tickets.
If you have further access questions you can get in touch with our access team at email@example.com.
Part of the SummerWorks Lab programming – a place for exploration, experimentation, and process. In the Lab, you can experience new works in development from artists exploring new possibilities in performance.