Emma Slipp in The Concessions; photo by Emily Cooper

Faye seems to possess powers that others don’t. But when someone close to her is murdered and she fails to either see it coming or prevent it, she questions the belief on which she has based most of her life. Meanwhile her rural Ontario town is reeling from the shock of finding murder right off one of their own concession roads. An atmosphere of fear begins to pervade a town where residents don’t lock their doors. A local radio personality stirs the fear into a frenzy, and suspects emerge from unlikely places. 

Faith, trust, and moving on after community crisis are some of the themes that weave through this hauntingly beautiful Canadian story.

Part mystery and part psychological drama, The Concessions is a haunting piece of Canadian gothic centered around an inexplicable act of violence in a rural community, showcasing the emerging talent of local playwright Briana Brown.

The Concessions; iStock photo
[The Concessions; iStock photo]
The Concessions stars Emma Slipp (The Three Sisters) as Faye and Jillian Fargey (Richard III) as Sarah, the local radio host. The cast also features Sebastian Kroon (Of Mice and Men), Marilyn Norry (Becky Shaw), and Alec Willows (Ghosts in Bagdad). 

The Concessions is directed by Katrina Dunn, Touchstone Theatre’s Artistic Director; Kathleen Flaherty of Playwrights Theatre Centre is the dramaturg. This is the latest installment of Touchstone’s Flying Start program (Giving a Stage to New Professional Playwrights).

The Concessions

Dates: June 6 to 14; Tuesday to Friday, 8 pm; Saturdays (June 7, 14), 4 and 8 pm; June 8, 2 pm
Pay What You Can Matinee: June 11, 1 pm
Venue: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online or via phoning 604.689.0926
Note: Post Show Talkback, June 5 and 12

About Flying Start

Flying Start is a Touchstone Theatre initiative that offers a stage to new playwrights who have yet to be professionally produced. The selected play is developed over a period of two years culminating in a small scale, fully professional showcase production. The playwright receives a writing stipend to support their work over the course of the process. The goal of the program is to launch into production the next generation of West coast playwrights.

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