Roy & Janet features an inclusive cast of all abilities, genders and cultures who come together in song, dance and music
Roy & Janet features an inclusive cast of all abilities, genders and cultures who come together in song, dance and music

Tell us about Roy & Janet.

For Roy & Janet we looked at Romeo and Juliet and decided that what really mattered to us in that famous play were the two distinct families that did not want Romeo and Juliet to get together. We felt that this story really was about tribalism, the us and them, the assumptions and fears that separate people who may have outward differences, beliefs, clothes.

So, our cast and crew of all cultures, abilities and genders decided to build a musical work that dances, sings, and tells a humorous quirky fierce  story of two very different tribes. How they see each other, how Roy from one tribe & Janet from another discover each other and the war begins.

We decided that the place to present this work and it’s surprising conclusion was in a public space that is a crossroads of diversity. The Woodward’s Heritage Atrium; where tourists, office workers, homeless, artists, street vendors, parents, children, sales people, students and every conceivable label of society pass each other every day. What better place to ask the questions: “What keeps us apart and what can bring us together?”

Describe your show in three words.

Discovering universal language.

Why should someone come see your show?

It will make you laugh and you will dance, plus you’ll see and hear something very big that will surprise you. And after all that you will feel that there is hope and happiness in the strangest of places. Besides all that, when did you last see a theatre piece told by such a  motley mosaic of performers?

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

Groot because he was small, funny looking, risked his life for good and made friends with Rocket Racoon; someone not at all like himself.

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

Habitats 2017.

The Details

Roy & Janet
Woodward’s Heritage Building Atrium, 111 West Hastings, Vancouver
Twitter: @TheatreTerrific

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