A new Film/Theatre Hybrid written by Daniel Brooks and directed by Kim Collier
Set in Canada’s urban financial centres, The Full Light of Day tells the story of a mother who must contend with her husband’s corrupt legacy before she dies.
The Full Light of Day is a provocative film/theatre experiment for the stage which looks at crucial choices facing Canadians today – how to live, love and die in a world in transition. Bold characters, bracing text, wit, and suspense all mix together in this new script by award-winning artist Daniel Brooks. Brooks, celebrated world-wide for his provocative, conceptual, deeply intelligent work, joins forces with Electric Company Theatre founding artist and award-winning director Kim Collier in this new work for Canadian stages and beyond.
ECT continues its exploration of how concept and form illuminate content. Under Kim Collier’s direction, we will boldly push the boundaries of the use of media in the theatre. A live film adaption, live cameras, projected imagery and video all create an integrated scenography and a rich visual world. Themes of perception and truth are heightened through the blending of live and mediated content.
The project also features a collection of short films told from the individual perspectives of the principle characters. The content, shot in 360° cutting edge Virtual Reality, will be available for viewing in concert with the stage production, placing the viewer not only within the action, but inside the perception and experiences of the characters. Governor General’s award winner and Electric Company founding artist Kevin Kerr has expertly paired these short Virtual experiences to enhance the stage production, and play off the impact of the script and design concepts.
A brilliant team of Canadian artists have come together around this new work, and The Full Light of Day is the largest and most ambitious project in Electric Company Theatre history.
The hero of this story is Mary, the ageing matriarch of a wealthy family. She loves her husband, has enjoyed her life, and has lived well. However, something is wrong with the family she so loves, and when one of her children disappears, a series of events is unleashed that forever changes her family and her life.
The play takes place in a world of finance and real estate. It is a story about our cities, about power and about land, and about the things we do in order to flourish, and the drastic steps we sometimes must take in order simply to survive.
Electric Company has built a reputation for groundbreaking, ambitious productions. Here’s what we believe makes this new project exceptional:
Magic. Audiences will experience a thematically coherent, imaginative and absolutely original use of the camera on stage. The Full Light of Day will set a new benchmark for film/theatre hybrids and celebrate all that is possible in this blend of artistic disciplines.
Urgency. The Full Light of Day boldly confronts the systematic corruption of democratic principles in our cities. It is a play that delves into Canada’s urgent concerns around land ownership and colonization, past and present. The Full Light of Day insists we carefully consider our role in society and our complicity within the larger power structures of our world.
Immersion. Using cutting-edge technology, we are producing a collection of short films told from the POV of each principle character to engage with audiences before and after the stage production This content will be shot in 360° and experienced through Virtual Reality devices, on smart phones or tablets placing the viewer not only within the action, but inside the perception and experiences of the characters in the story.
Talent. Truly national in its scope, The Full Light of Day brings together an A-Team of Canada’s most exceptional and award-winning writers, directors, actors and designers working in film and theatre.
Development and Producing Partners: Banff Centre for the Arts, Vancouver Civic Theatres, BMO Financial Group
Commissioning Partner: National Arts Centre (English Theatre)
Partners in Creation: Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter, Creative BC, University of Victoria
This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.