A collaboration with Zuppa Theatre Company and the Glenbow Museum.
In a super-sized world, the greatest challenges are often the smallest ones: patience, tolerance, generosity … understanding. In our contemporary moment, these subtle triumphs are often major accomplishments, requiring superhuman strength and stamina.
tiny is an exploration of the everyday lives of superheroes. In an alternate version of the 20th Century, a group of extraordinary individuals tries to live ordinary lives—and alters the course of history in the process. Part theatre performance, part immersive installation, and part museum exhibition, tiny imagines a world where being different is cause for celebration and wonder, suspicion and anger, fear and denial, and, tentatively, hope and new beginnings.
Bruce and Alex explored the world of tiny as part of the Banff Centre’s Playwrights (then) Retreat and Colony (now the Playwrights Lab) in the spring of 2015, followed by multiple development periods in Halifax. A ‘beta’ version was staged in May 2019 in the Glenbow Museum, in collaboration with a terrific group of Drama students from the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts. tiny then premiered in a Zuppa Theatre production as part of Eastern Front Theatre‘s 2019/20 season in Halifax.
Written and co-created by Bruce Barton
Directed and co-created by Alex McLean
Performed and Co-Created by Ursala Caldwell, Stewart Legere, Ben Stone, Shelly Thompson, and Susan Leblanc-Crawford
Lighting/prop Design and Stage Management by Jess Lewis
Video Design by Anna Shepard
Sound design/music by Stewart Legere
Costume design by Leesa Hamilton
Zuppa Apprentices and creative contributors: Miranda Jones, Lily Ross-Millard, and Erin W. Johnston
Photos by Mel Hattie © 2019