The thorny issue of Consent: Concrete Theatre steps up

Consent by Mieko Ouchi, Concrete Theatre. Photo supplied.

By Liz Nicholls,

Was there consent?

It’s the timeliest of questions — confusing, contentious, discussable. It’s the stuff of headlines. And it’s the raison d’être of Mieko Ouchi’s Consent, the play that Concrete Theatre has bravely been touring to teenagers this season. And the company brings it to the stage tonight and Saturday, at La Cité francophone (8627 91 St.).

Concrete Theatre has stepped up to the thorniest questions of the day before now, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, and racism among them. This one, starring a young couple after a sexual encounter, is designed to help students 13 and up learn about their rights and responsibilities, about gender equality and respect.

Its companion piece, for younger kids (five and up), is a revival of Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull’s award-winning 2013 charmer Paper Song, which uses origami and shadow puppetry in an elegant way to combine a Japanese folktale about a crane with the story of a mouse and her grandfather struggling in an oppressive regime.

The two productions share a director (Ouchi) and a cast: Carmela Sison, Bobbi Goddard, and Richard Lee Hsi. Consent runs tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m; Paper Song Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. Tickets: at the door. 


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