The Youth/Elders Project

A collaboration between Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, The 519, and The Senior Pride Network

Directed by Evalyn Parry with LeeLee Davis + Vanessa Dunn

Performers + Creators

Jordan Campbell, Daniel Carter, Brian Cope, Monica Garrido, Genady Gavleshov, Riley Kelk, Bella Larsen, LeZlie Lee Kam, Neila Lem, Lila Pine, Russell Powell, Shauna Sloan + Ty Sloane

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May 31 – June 4 2017

Buddies, The 519, and Senior Pride Network want to say a huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in Phase One of The Youth/Elders Project. Our fall workshop series was a huge success, with over 50 participants coming out to learn, share, and explore our queer lives and histories together. From this group, we selected an intergenerational ensemble of 13 people who will be part of the next phase of development and final presentation.

In 2017, we move into the next phase of the project and start gearing up for our mainstage presentation May 31-June 4. And if you can’t wait until then to see what we’re up to, we will be doing a public presentation on our work in progress on February 23 as part of Buddies’ annual Rhubarb Festival.

What is the Youth/Elders Project?

In an exciting new partnership between Buddies, The 519, and the Senior Pride Network, The Youth / Elders Project brings together young and old to create a living document of our personal queer histories. Integrating text, movement, music, and design, a group of queer youth and elders embark on an oral history of queer lives. This intergenerational ensemble will offer a snapshot of queer life as a way to preserve personal histories and engage a new generation with the possibilities of queer identity.

How do I stay informed about this project?

You can join our Youth / Elders Project Facebook group to get the latest info on upcoming events and connect with your fellow participants.

Or, you can email Kate Hazell Specialist, Education and Training with your questions.

What is the schedule of activities?

During Phase 1 of the Project (September – November, 2016) workshops were offered weekly, with Youth meeting on Mondays from 6-9pm at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Elders meeting on Saturdays from 2-5pm at The 519. In addition, there were workshops where both groups worked together on Sept 26, Oct 22, Nov 5 & Nov 7.

What happens after that?

Following the fall workshop series, a smaller group of youth and elders (drawn from workshop participants) have been selected to take part in the next phase of the project. This smaller group will create and perform an original piece of theatre on Buddies Mainstage, directed by Evalyn Parry, May 30-Jun 4 2017. Rehearsals will take place on Monday evenings. There will be a three week, full time, paid rehearsal period in May leading up to the production.

The Youth / Elders Project is supported by the Community Collaborations Program at the Canada Council for the Arts /