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Didn’t Hurt, written and performed by Rodney Decroo, is a powerhouse dramatic monologue which tackles Decroo’s life long battle with PTSD from the most brutal of childhoods to the barely contained, and too often not held back, violence he dealt out to himself and others.
Be warned: this is tough material, but he needs to speak, even shout it out. Healing comes in some way but he knows the pain of his life never goes away. It needs to be controlled and managed. Why is there so much left unexpressed by those who have PTSD? No answers are given in the 75-minute performance, and Decroo won’t provide them anyway. That’s all to the good in this piece. There is a little preaching near the end but finally Decroo lets the audience take away what it can, which will be empathy and hope for a good future for those afflicted.
— Rory Runnells
From the Fringe program:
A story about a tough upbringing, and how that played out, by Rodney Decroo (Stupid Boy in an Ugly Town). Directed and dramaturged by TJ Dawe (Medicine, Marathon, The Slipknot and more).
"A creative powerhouse" - Canadian Beats "A heart wrenchingly rough coming-of-age story" - VUE Magazine
"An unassuming yet mesmerizing performer" - Winnipeg Free Press
"Few artists risk attempting it: turning something profoundly and deeply painful into a work of transformative beauty." - Georgia Straight
Show Length: 75 minutes
Suggested Audience: Mature
Warnings: Coarse Language, Violent Content, Sexual Content
Venue #9 - School of Contemporary Dancers
211 Bannatyne Ave.
Seating Capacity: 120
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 – 8:45 PM
Fri, Jul 19, 2019 – 5:15 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 5:15 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 3:30 PM
Mon, Jul 22, 2019 – 3:15 PM
Wed, Jul 24, 2019 – 7:00 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 8:45 PM