Event Date: Mar 10, 2021 - Mar 20, 2021
Produced by Ottawa Fringe, this winter festival showcases the best original, contemporary theatre created by local, national and international artists.
Festival founders, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, originally hosted from 2011–2014. Now, undercurrents takes place in Ottawa’s downtown core at Arts Court. Since 2011, undercurrents has has hosted 16 world premieres and presented 6 productions as part of their under development program.
This year undercurrents will be completely online.
Strata Inc. | An audio play available on demand March 17 – 20
SYNOPSIS: Victoria, an infamous hacker, teams up with big tech company Strata Inc. to create a powerful virtual reality platform for a worldwide audience. As users interact with the new VR experiences, they confront online privacy, connection, and security challenges. Now, Victoria must choose: run the multinational ethically, or escape from her own invention.
Ethel | Live Streamed March 10 – 13
SYNOPSIS: After a sudden fall in the shower led to Madeleine’s grandmother, Ethel, moving to a long-term care facility in Ottawa and the two living in the same city for the first time, Madeleine became one of Ethel’s primary caregivers and companions. This time served as Madeleine’s introduction to long-term senior care, deep intergenerational friendship, and, ultimately, natural death. Ethel is a solo storytelling performance about human connection and a tribute to our shared mortality.
Remixed | Available March 12, March 13, March 18, March 20
SYNOPSIS: Remixed is a listening party for one, performed together across time and space in a collective experience. Each audience member receives their own playlist of stories and music, personalized by our algorithmic DJ, and a party gift delivered to their home for use during the performance. The playlists include true stories from people all over the globe and explores how we create change in our lives, communities, and world. We’re listening for the sound of change, and we invite you to join us. What happens when we listen to each other?
Audience members must download the Remixed app, and will have a gift delivered to their home the morning of the performance.
Deluge | Streamed March 10 – 14
SYNOPSIS: A rock concert on rising seas. Deluge follows climate change refugees and their struggle to survive in an unpredictable environment. A visual album, Deluge explores the impacts of climate change through the eyes of two characters set adrift and left to navigate the remains of their sunken town.
No More Mr. Rice Guy | Live Streamed March 18 – 20
SYNOPSIS: Rice Boy is your average high schooler with a dream – to go against the grain and make it big as a rapper. After hearing a radio ad about a rap battle competition, he knows this is his big chance. With the vocabulary of a KUMON advanced program, join him on his journey to be the biggest, baddest rapper there ever was – without his mom finding out!
Being Coloured/ful in a Black and White World | Live Streamed March 17 – 20
SYNOPSIS: International storyteller Jacqui Du Toit takes you on a journey to her motherland, South Africa, to the times of great struggle, uprising, and racial divide. Jacqui shares stories of growing up in apartheid and post-apartheid, the time of great social changes and the creation of the Rainbow Nation.
With her captivating storytelling, Jacqui will have you laughing, crying and even dancing at the end of the performance.
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