Child-Ish Live Show

Child-Ish Live Show

Currently Touring

ON NOW IN VANCOUVER! Adults speak children’s exact words about love, life and the world in this fresh verbatim work. Drawn from interviews with over 40 whip-smart and brutally honest children, a dynamite adult cast allows an adult audience to hear kids’ ideas and experiences anew. The results are surprising, hilarious and profound. After sold-out work-in-progress showings at the SummerWorks Festival (Canada, 2019), the production trajectory was delayed by Covid - we're thrilled to be bringing the finished show to the stage with Pacific Theatre!

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Creative Team

Created and written by:

Sunny Drake, with contributions from The CHILD-ish Collective

Director of Child Engagement (script process):

Jessica Greenberg

Adult Dramaturg

Brian Quirt

Young Dramaturgs Core Collaborators:

Julien Desrochers-Dioso, Elora Gerson, Ozzy Rae Horvath, Eponine Lee, Sumayya Iman Malik, Mia McGrinder, Sadie Kopyto Primack, Owen Ross

Script Consultant

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

Transcription

Laura Barrett, Sunny Drake, Zoë Erwin-Longstaff, Kate Klein, Caleb Nault

Vancouver Production Creative Team:

Featuring

Jimmy Yi, Sara Vickruck, Tasha Faye Evans, Tom Pickett, Craig Erickson, Maki Yi, and members of The Eastside Story Guild.

Directed by

Lois Anderson

Stage Management by

Jethelo Cabilete

Set Design by

Brian Ball

Lighting Design by

Jonathan Kim

Sound Design by

Mary Jane Coomber

Costume Design by

Brian Ball

Poster Illustration

by Yvonne Fabian

Information

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Adults speak children’s exact words about love, life and the world in this fresh verbatim work. Drawn from interviews with over 40 whip-smart and brutally honest children, a dynamite adult cast allows an adult audience to hear kids’ ideas and experiences anew. The results are surprising, hilarious and profound.

CHILD-ish is a constellation of creative works: a web series, a live theatre show and an inter-generational process. Our CHILD-ish creative team is inter-generational aged 6-77.

After sold-out work-in-progress showings at the SummerWorks Festival (Canada, 2019), the trajectory towards the world premiere live production was postponed due to Covid. We're delighted to be premiering the work in Vancouver with Pacific Theatre Feb 9-March 9, 2024!

Sunny speaks about the process of making CHILD-ish:

"The idea for CHILD-ish came about from a time I arrived to look after a 7-year-old, to find her on the couch, head in hands, balling her eyes out. I asked what was wrong and she shared her utter devastation that her classmate didn’t want to marry her. She was really going through it, until right between sobs she started doing acrobatics on the couch and in literally only minutes, she was over it! I’ve spent longer stewing when someone hasn’t returned a text message! Her mom and I shot each other amazed looks: when did we forget how to use playfulness and presence to move through things? And I started wondering if sometimes I try too hard to "adult" and what our lives would be like if we let ourselves be a little more childish.

I wanted to see what else we could learn from children’s experiences of the world and what would happen if we listened to kids more deeply, so over several years we interviewed over 40 kids aged 5-12, either individually, in pairs or small groups. And then I’d take the transcripts and combine together multiple interviews. I’d then workshop the scripts with our inter-generational team, often adding in new layers of verbatim material from the conversations with our young collaborators"


Awards

“Outstanding Ensemble” NOW Magazine 2019 (Canada)

Press

From the work-in-progress showing at SummerWorks in 2019

“Terrific.. A bracing, funny, thoughtful exercise.”

- Slotkin Letter (Canada) 

“A little reminder that children are wise beyond their years… Earns (and deserves) its laughs and pulls on the heartstrings” 

- Broadway World (Canada)

“A real treat...” 

Mooney on Theatre (Canada)

“[CHILD-ISH]isn't afraid to go to serious places... The kids' ideas around consent are revelatory.”

- Now Toronto (Canada)

“Fascinating and very funny and thought-provoking.”

- Drew Rowsome Review (Canada)

Other Info

Script development partners

Nightswimming, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Theatre Passe Muraille, SummerWorks.

Key script funding partners

Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council.

Other financial support

National Arts Centre via The Collaborations, Studio 180 Theatre, Roseneath Theatre, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Crow’s Theatre and Toronto Fringe.

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