By TPM Guest Blogger Dominic Mann-Betrand, Associate Producer, FIXT Point
In our continued commitment towards new works and community-engaged pieces, TPM is proud to be opening its fall season with The Tale of a Town—Queen West. Presented in partnership with FIXT POINT, an interactive professional touring company committed to creating original community-based productions that encourage audiences to learn about and celebrate the places in which they live, this newest show is inspired by the music and art created in the Queen West area over the past thirty years.
This site-specific theatrical journey begins outside the TPM lobby, and after a promenade walking tour of some local Queen West attractions, the main performance will take place on the third floor of a newly erected commercial property at 625 Queen Street West. With the help of award-winning set designers and projectionists, the story unfolds in 6,000 sq. feet of open space refitted into mock condo loft suites, depicting such iconic local institutions as the Bamboo, the Rivoli, and the Cameron House.
The Tale of a Town reflects the core Passe Muraille beliefs of engaging with the neighbourhoods that surround us by directly linking the arts to the community, effectively breaking down the walls of traditionally established theatrical boundaries. The fictional narrative arc of the show is drawn from the oral histories of local residents, past and present, and addresses the gentrification of the area over the last few decades. In characteristically playful and imaginative fashion, performer Lisa Marie DiLiberto weaves a magical tale that leads the audience on a multi-disciplinary journey not to be missed. This play is a unique means to discover the people and places that have made Queen West the famed destination that it is today.