Written by Michael Spence
Inspired by current theories of genetic memory – and taking them further in a fascinating mix of science and fantasy – playwright Michael Spence explores the ghosts of our ancestral past by imagining them as existing within our genes. IMPRINTS speculates about the thousands and thousands of intimate strangers that make up our lineage and how their experiences are manifested in our instincts, fears and dreams.
Lily is haunted. Her body is overrun with ghosts. They surreptitiously influence all aspects of her life. She does not even know they are there, until she meets them face-to-face.
IMPRINTS tells the fantastical tale of Lily, a woman haunted by the ghosts of her ancestors. While undergoing an experimental procedure for an incurable disease, she is inadvertently transported down a very peculiar rabbit-hole. There she encounters the ghosts of her genealogical past – and discovers alarming keys to her present.
The acting ensemble for IMPRINTS features Stephanie Belding, Cosette Derome, Conor Green, Ron Kennell, Kat Sandler and Michael Spence. Dramaturgy is by Bruce Barton; projection design by Cameron Davis; set design by Michael Spence; lighting design by Laird Macdonald and costume design by Sheree Tams. Original vocal compositions are by Jacquie P.A. Thomas with the Ensemble; sound design/consultants are Michael Laird and William Fallon. Kathleen Harrison is the stage manager.
Theatre Gargantua is a multiple Dora-winning, artist-driven creative ensemble, producing groundbreaking movement-theatre projects in two-year cycles. A multidisciplinary creation approach begets an ever-evolving, increasingly informed, provocative style all its own. Past works include e-DENTITY, fIBBER, Raging Dreams, (nod), Phantom Limb and THE EXIT ROOM.
Directed by Theatre Gargantua Artistic Director Jacquie P.A. Thomas
Starring Stephanie Belding, Cosette Derome, Conor Green, Ron Kennell, Kat Sandler, Michael Spence