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Helen Lawrence

Canadian Stage

A cinematic stage production from world-renowned visual artist and filmmaker Stan Douglas and acclaimed screenwriter and producer Chris Haddock.

Vancouver, 1948: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and gluttony all take a turn in a time of fear, paranoia, rage and desperation. The police make pacts with the gangsters who run the whorehouses and gambling joints as Vancouver reinvents itself in the aftermath of the Second World War.

A stranger arrives to settle an account of her own, struggling through a fog of psychosis, pills and booze to track her target from one end of the city to the other and leaving a trail of murder in her wake. Is she victim or perpetrator, seduced or seductress? Has she arrived to flee her past or seek revenge? What she finds is a treacherous, shape-shifting landscape of police and pimps, soldiers and refugees, damaged goods and ghostly lovers – all scrambling to find their feet in the shifting sands.

A cinematic stage production from world-renowned visual artist and filmmaker Stan Douglas and acclaimed screenwriter and producer Chris Haddock, Helen Lawrence is inspired by postwar film noir and intertwines theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated historical backgrounds for a groundbreaking multimedia thriller.

A co-production by Canadian Stage, Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver, The Banff Centre, Stan Douglas Inc, Festival TransAmériques and Canada's National Arts Centre

Please note this performance contains strong language that may not be suitable for children and gun shots

Performed in English
Touch Tour
Audio Described

Conceived by Stan Douglas, written by Chris Haddock and story by Stan Douglas and Chris Haddock

Canadian Stage

Stan Douglas Director
Sarah Garton Stanley Associate director
Rachel Ditor and Matthew Jocelyn Dramaturgy
Kevin McAllister Set designer
Nancy Bryant Costume designer
Rob Sondergaard Lighting designer
John Gzowski Sound designer

24-26 August 2014

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2020 programme will be announced in the spring.