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Monday, February 26, 2024

Before The Curtain Goes Up: Child-ish

Child-ish plays at Pacific Theatre from February 9 through March 9.

Just like Art Linketter and a certain disgraced comedian, Canadian playwright Sunny Drake knows that kids really do say the darndest things.

We need joy mid-winter, and what better way to be reminded of life’s beauty and fun than to spend some time with children’s thoughts and words.  – Kaitlin Williams

In Drake’s new work, Child-ish, set to play at Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, adults speak children’s exact words “about love, life, and the big questions.”

Drawn from interviews with over 40 kids and youth from the local community, Child-ish offers insights on everything from the climate crisis to how long it takes to build a spaceship and from mental health to unicorns.

“We need joy mid-winter, and what better way to be reminded of life’s beauty and fun than to spend some time with children’s thoughts and words,” says Pacific Theatre’s artistic director, Kaitlin Williams. “This artistic experiment has been a playful intergenerational project and we cannot wait to share it with our audience.”

In this edition of Before The Curtain Goes Up, David C Jones speaks with Williams to find out more.

Child-ish plays at Pacific Theatre (1440 W. 12th Ave, Vancouver) from February 9 through March 9. Visit pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.

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