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Collective Crave

Ferocia Couture Productions / Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/19/2009 1:59 PM | Comments: 0

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Unless you’ve studied theatre (or are a clueless reviewer), you’ve probably never heard of "collective creative," a collaborative form of playwriting that emerged in the ’60s to democratize the creative process.

There’s no script, no director, no sets, costumes or fancy lighting. In this case "just four women and the extreme sides of wanting." That translates roughly to 45 minutes of raw, writhing, retching, pounding, popping displays of emotion pulled from the psyche of a psychotic young woman. Clues as to how she got that way include the oft-repeated lament, "I wish that I had never seen it; I wish that I had died" and frequent use of the word Daddy.

This gutsy collaboration from University of Winnipeg theatre majors Rachelle Bauer, Katherine Dow, Sydney Letkeman and graduate Brittany Toews — who drew their inspiration from the lives and works of suicide queens Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf and Sarah Kane — will get under your skin.

Whether or not that’s a good thing depends on what kind of fringe experience you’re craving.

— Carolin Vesely

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Collective Crave is the story of the desires, urges, pains, pitfalls and psychotic psyche of a woman.

A collective creation piece compiled of poems, song lyrics, original monologues and movement, Collective Crave has been constructed by the same four women who perform it.


Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience

45 min.

Venue#1 MTC Backstage at the Mainstage 174 Market Ave (Entr. on John Hirsch Pl.)

Tickets: $8
Under 14 not admitted.

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