October 10-19, 2013
BRAVE NEW LOOKS
Imago Theatre presents
If We Were Birds
By Erin Shields
Directed by Micheline Chevrier
If We Were Birds is a brave and ingenious adaptation of Book 6 of Ovid's Metamorphoses, featuring a chorus of women, each a survivor of a 20th Century conflict. Winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Award for Drama, If We Were Birds is a moving, funny and unsettling play that gives voice to women forced into silence through violence; an uncompromising examination of the transformative nature of revenge.
“If We Were Birds: a stunning new play. In a wryly poetic style, Shields channels her rage at the brutality inflicted on women in wars over the past century into this ancient tale. That she does so without ever dehumanizing the male perpetrators or losing sight of the fact that she is telling a specific, gripping, gruesome story is what is impressive.”J. Kelly Nestruck - The Globe and Mail
Imago Theatre produces thought-provoking works that reflect women’s voices and stories of our times.
Every play Imago produces fosters conversation, encourages reflection and provokes change. Our work transcends the cultural, linguistic and class barriers. We give a voice to those who have become isolated, misunderstood or marginalized by putting their stories on stage. Through every Imago production, emerging or established artists are given the opportunity to learn and expand their practice.
Imago has persevered for the past 26 years, evolving our dialogue with the Montreal community. We look ahead with great anticipation towards creating an increased impact on the Montreal theatre scene.
Imago Theatre is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), Conseil québécois du théâtre (CQT), Association des companies de théâtre (ACT) and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (PWM).