An immersive theatre experience inspired by the psychiatric writing of Frantz Fanon.
Here are the Fragments.
Co-produced by The ECT Collective and The Theatre Centre
November 19-December 1, 2019
Tickets: Preview $17 | Student/senior/arts worker $22 | Adult $30
Service charges may apply
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An immigrant psychiatrist develops psychosis and then schizophrenia. He walks a long path towards reconnection with himself, his son, and humanity.
Walk with him.
Within our immersive design (a fabric of sound, video, and live actors) lean in close to the possibilities of perceptual experience.
Schizophrenics ‘hear voices’. Schizophrenics fear loss of control over their own thoughts and bodies. But how does any one of us actually separate internal and external voices? How do we trust what we see or feel? How do we know which voices are truly our own?
Within the installation find places of retreat from chaos. Find poetry. Find critical analysis.
Explore archival material, Fanon’s writings and contemporary interviews with psychiatrists, neuroscientists, artists, and people living with schizophrenia, to reflect on the relationships between identity, history, racism and mental health.
Please consider supporting Here are the Fragments.
To realize this ambitious design and create a work of art
that will promote understanding, empathy and curiosity
instead of fear and stigma, we need your help.
Your support will help us:
▪ Support our brilliant artists at a level commensurate to their talents
▪ Extend outreach initiatives to communities most impacted by mental health challenges
▪ Offer community showings, expert and community panels to stimulate discussion and catalyze positive changes
▪ Support video and audio technologies required to create a fully immersive audience experience
▪ Develop an archive of this rich work for a future life online
Thank you for supporting the creative team behind Here are the Fragments!
Donations are made to The Theatre Centre, a registered charitable organization, and are fully tax deductible.
Writer: Suvendrini Lena
Co-Director: Leah Cherniak
Co-Director: Mumbi Tindyebwa Out
Assistant Director: Abigail Whitney
Production Manager: Rebecca Vandevelde
Set and Video Designer: Trevor Schwellnus
Lighting Designer: Shawn Henry
Sound Designer: Nick Murray
Stage Manager: Tara Mohan
Performers: Kwaku Adu-Poku, Peter Bailey, Allan Louis, Kyra Harper
Developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre by Suvendrini Lena with Co-creators Leah Cherniak, Trevor Schwellnus with Lyon Smith with support from: The Caanada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Wuchien Michael Than Fund, CAMH Archives, and Residency’s lead sponsor, BMO Financial.
We also acknowledge the following artists who collaborated in the development process: Andre Sills, Jiv Paramsuram, Bilal Baig, Soheil Parsa, Carla B Melo, Peter Bailey, Kwaku Adu Poku and Alexander Thomas, David Austin.
Consulting Development Producer Ngozi Paul with Khadijah Salawu
Physician Collaborators: Araba Chintoh, Ademole Ademponle, David Goldbloom, Gary Remington, Patricia Cavanaugh, Ariel Graff.
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Date: November 23, 2019
Title: Our Patients and Our Selves: Experiences of Racism Among Health Care Workers.
What: An opportunity for black health care workers and health care workers of color to reflect on how racism in the workplace affects us, in our personal lives, our lives as professionals and as advocates for our patients and communities.
Location: Theatre Centre Gallery
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Onye Nnorum Black Physicians Association of Ontario,
Natasha Williams Association of Black Psychologists
Donna Alexander CAMH/Black Health Alliance
Facilitator: Fatimah Jackson Best (Black Health Alliance)
Date: November 26, 2019
Title: Physician Heal Thyself
Description: An evening for physicians, medical students and residents to engage in an open conversation about our own mental and physical fragility. What happens when physicians themselves suffer significant physical or mental illness? How do we begin to speak to each other about our experiences? How does this experience challenge and deepen our identities as healers. What kinds of support do we need?
We propose a facilitated discussion with panelists, reflecting diverse experiences within the academic medical community.
Panelists are to be identified. Organized with PGME and Medicine and Humanities Program.
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm discussion, 8:00 – 9:30 pm performance.