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ECHO & NARCISSUS

Echo & Narcissus was our 2018/2019 season's inaugural show and took place at the Assembly Theatre in Toronto.

Directed by: Victoria Fuller

Written by: Adrian Yearwood
 

Echo & Narcissus is an exploration of gender tribalism through a reimagining of the classic Greek mythological tale. We're projecting these characters into an alternate universe where gender relations have frayed past the point of no return - men and women have completely separated. Many years have passed, and they are members of a new generation who have never even seen a member of the opposite sex... until a chance meeting turns both of their worlds upside down. How do their preconceived notions of each other reconcile with reality? How do they live within their own tribes when their connection to each other defies everything they've been taught?

CHARLIE: SON OF MAN

In March 2019, made possible through a Canada Arts Presentation Fund grant, Echo Productions presented Charlie: Son of Man at the LSPU Hall in St. John's as part of the RCA's Presentation Series.

Prior to this, Charlie: Son of Man premiered in November 2017 at the Walmer Centre Theatre in Toronto. 

Directed by: Victoria Fuller

Choreographed by: Victoria Fuller (2019)

Emma Bartolomucci (2017)

Written by: Adrian Yearwood

Charlie: Son of Man is an original work that puts a modern twist on the events surrounding the rise and fall of one of the most infamous characters of the 20th century, Charles Manson.  We take the Manson Family story and remove it from 1969 in the interest of exploring how the situation might be possible in the modern era. While sex and hallucinogenics were the tools of manipulation that allowed Manson to do what he did in the late 60's, in this show he uses sex and today’s drug of choice – mobile phones. The feeling of connectedness that a mobile phone (and by extension social media) elicits is as addictive as any drug, and its near-complete integration into modern mainstream culture makes the use of it for nefarious purposes a troubling prospect to consider.

CONTEXT

In October 2018, Echo Productions presented Context at the Toronto Media Arts Centre as part of the 2018 Rendezvous With Madness Festival.

Context premiered in June 2017 at the The Commons in Toronto.

Directed by: Victoria Fuller

Choreographed by: Robyn Noftall (2018)

Amanda Nuttall (2017)

Written by: Adrian Yearwood

Context is a theatrical exploration of mental health and how it can impact every day social interactions. Many people who struggle with mental health issues are fully-functioning, productive members of society with little to no outward indication of their inner turmoil. Our goal with this piece is to shed light on this dichotomy by showing both the inner and outer perspectives of one woman's experience. 

 

DOG SEES GOD

In November, 2016, Echo performed Dog Sees God at the Second City's John Candy Box Theatre in Toronto.   

 

Prior to this, Dog Sees God premiered in November 2014 as our first show in our very own venue in Toronto, The Space. 

 

Directed by: Victoria Fuller

Choreographed by: Emma Bartolomucci

 

Featuring Charles Schultz' classic Peanuts gang, Dog Sees God takes our familiarity with these iconic characters and flips our expectations upside down. Written by Bert V. Royal, the show is full of dark humour and teenage angst, this show is truly an emotional roller-coaster.

BONNIE & CLYDE

In March 2016, made possible through a Canada Arts Presentation Fund grant, Echo Productions presented Bonnie & Clyde at the LSPU Hall in St. John's, Newfoundland as part of the RCA's Presentation Series.

Prior to this, Bonnie & Clyde's premiered in March 2015 at the Factory Theatre Backspace in Toronto.

 

Directed by: Victoria Fuller

Choreographed by: Emma Bartolomucci

Written by: Adrian Yearwood

 

Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker’s crime-spree captured the eyes and hearts of a nation and firmly established them as the American media’s first true celebrity power couple. However, their lives have been so sensationalized in popular culture over the eighty years since their deaths that it is sometimes difficult to remember that these were two real people who led real, desperate, and tragically short lives. 

DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE

In December 2015 Echo Productions made our debut at the Walmer Centre Theatre in Toronto with Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, adapted by Jerffrey Hatcher from the novella "The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mr. Hyde".

Directed by: Victoria Fuller

Choreographed by: Emma Bartolomucci

 

In an age where recreational drug use is at the forefront of popular culture, this classic story illuminates a common, dangerous fallacy: neither physical strength, higher education, nor socio-economic status grants one an immunity to addiction. It can and does affect us all. The upper-class, Victorian-era gentleman Dr. Henry Jekyll experiences this first-hand as his experimentation with mind-altering substances unleashes his inner demon and quickly spirals out of control.

FRANKENSTEIN

As the first show of its 2014 season, Echo Productions was proud to present yet another physical theatre piece, Frankenstein, at the Annex Theatre. 

 

Directed by: Victoria Fuller

Choreographed by: Erin Brookhouse

Adapted by: Adrian Yearwood

 

The show is a unique adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic that has captivated audiences on paper, screen, and stage for almost 200 years.  Echo Productions has made a name for itself through its intensely physical and emotional style, and that trend continues with this latest collaboration by director Victoria Fuller and choreographer Erin Brookhouse.  The show follows the well-intentioned but misguided scientific explorations of the brilliant Victor Frankenstein as he attempts to discover the elusive "essence of life".  It is a raw and visceral journey into madness and back again.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (2013)

Echo Productions remounted Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange at the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space in September 2013

 

Directed by: Victoria Fuller
Choreographed by: Erin Brookhouse

 

Between the senseless violence, experimental criminal reform, and psychological torture that have come to characterize this iconic story, at its core A Clockwork Orange is the story of a troubled young man who doesn't quite know how to act like an adult. This is an aspect of the story that Anthony Burgess, the author of the original novel, felt was lacking in Stanley Kubrick's popular film. As a response, Burgess wrote the stage version as a visual adaptation that reflected his original concept. Echo Productions brings Burgess' vision to life with an intense physicality emotional depth that does justice to this cult-classic.

THE WALK

Echo Productions was proud to present the premiere of The Walk, our first performance of 2013.

 

Directed by: Victoria Fuller
Choreographed by: Erin Brookhouse
Written by: Adrian Yearwood

 

The Walk is an adaptation of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, a tale from ancient Greek mythology about love, trust, and loss.

When Orpheus discovers that Eurydice, his recently deceased wife, may not be lost to him forever, he commits to journeying down to Hades to bring her back. Hades, however does not give up souls easily, and forces Orpheus to play his game in order to win her back.

We were thrilled to debut this original work which fuses theatre, contemporary movement & live music.

 

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (2012)

In December of 2012 Echo Productions mounted their first ever production in association with Huge Picture Productions, at the Electric Theatre in Kensington Market.

 

Directed by: Victoria Fuller
Choreographed by: Erin Brookhouse

 

With this preview production of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, Echo Productions found critical acclaim (see the Mooney on Theatre review) and an ethos that would become the core of the production company. With a hugely talented cast the production wowed audiences from open to close.