Tickets are being snapped up for the interactive play on reconciliation that will be held at the Thunderbird Hall Thursday, Jan. 25. The Courtenay show of Šxʷʔam̓ət (home) is already sold out and interest is growing for the Campbell River show of the play, which the Theatre for Living company is touring though 20 communities in B.C. and Alberta.
Tickets for the Jan. 25 show in Campbell River will be by donation, with the funds supporting the Laichwiltach Family Life elders’ group and the society’s two youth groups. Pick up tickets in advance at the Laichwiltach Family Life Society (441 4 Ave.) and John Howard Society offices (140 – 10th Ave.) or book them online through Eventbrite.
Because the advance tickets are free, with donations to be made at the door, attendees with advance tickets are asked to arrive by 7:20 to guarantee admission. After that time, seats will be made available to those who arrive at the door without tickets.
Members of the Tsow-Tun-Lelum elders’ healing team will be on hand to perform cedar brushings and other healing rituals from 6 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments are also available.
šxʷʔam̓ət is presented by a mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous cast who perform the play once, all the way through, so the audience can see the situation and the problems presented. The story builds to a crisis and stops, offering no solutions. The play is then run again, with audience members able to “freeze” the action at any point where they see a character engaged in a struggle, and have an idea to solve the problem, somehow. They replace the character whose struggle they understand. The other characters respond, drawing on their own lived expertise.