Theatre Terrific and Aboriginal Front Door collaborate to create The Hidden Stories Project, the sensory sister to last year’s Being Animal.

The Hidden Stories Project
Sculpture Grove, Granville Island

1. Tell us about your show.

Theatre Terrific’s AD Susanna Uchatius contacted artist Bill Beauregarde originally of Aboriginal Front Door in the
DTES. Together, we gathered artists of all abilities and cultures to collaborate at the Carnegie Community Center.
There, in community, we built the Hidden Stories Project using the four directions of the Cree Medicine Circle. We discovered the specific animal dodem (totem) that lives within us, built masks, dance and song to tell the hidden story of life. Birth, growth, sunset and death. Big messy stuff, told with laughter, song, dance, music and powerful imagery.

2. Why should someone come see your show?

The Hidden Stories Project will make you feel deeply about things that are often hard to understand. It may not give you answers, but it certainly will make you ask questions. And you will witness a collaborative community of actors like no other.

3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Manitou Raven and Dawn. Raven was recruited by the rulers of Atlantis to join heroes from across the globe to form a multicultural “League of Ancients.” Dawn lived a full life and took on Raven’s mantle once he was blown up by a bomb. Why choose them? Because they lived, loved, worked and died hard and beautifully, brought friend and foe together and isn’t that what life’s hidden story is all about?

4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?

The production Does Not Play Well With Others by Adam Francis Proulx and Kira Hall because their show on September 16 is ASL interpreted. There are not many productions that are accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community, and it great to make it accessible. Exciting!

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit for tickets and information.