Sound of the Beast

MARCH 12 – 16, 2019

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Sound of the Beast

Written & performed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard / Black Theatre Workshop, Montreal and Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto.

“Donna-Michelle St. Bernard is a mercurial talent...an evening of performance poems, raps, and mini-lectures”

TORONTO STAR

“…unflinching...creates a vivid picture of the difficulties artists of colour have in creating their art whether it’s in Tunisia or Toronto.”

SLOTKIN LETTER

Two-time Governor General’s Award Nominee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard speaks truth to power using spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop.

Inspired by Tunisian emcee Weld-El 15 – who was jailed for his song Boulicia Kleb (The Police Are Dogs) – St. Bernard riffs on oppression, poverty and systemic injustice. She uses quick wit and quicker rhymes in a multimedia performance that reflects on questions of identity, calling out authority and what happens when authority strikes back.

RUNNING TIME – 85 MINUTES, NO INTERMISSION. STRONG LANGUAGE

WRITER / PERFORMER
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

DIRECTION AND DRAMATURGY
Andy McKim and Jivesh Parasram

LIGHTING AND SET DESIGNER
Rebecca Vandevelde

COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER
David Mesiha

SET DESIGN BY COMMITTEE

ADDITIONAL MUSIC
Blunted Beatz

STAGE MANAGER
Heather Bellingham

RADIO VOICEOVER
Glyn Bowerman


Sound of the Beast
was developed with support from the 2015 Banff Centre Spoken Word Program, The Springworks Festival and as Theatre Passe Muraille’s Emcee in Residence. Thanks for contributions to the process from Jazz Kamal (aka Nari), Adam Booth, Daniel Thau-Eleff, Gerad Harris, Clare Preuss, Pamela Gilmartin, Jah-Sun and Kern Albert.

Inspired by Weld-El15. Dedications: London Calling to Marilyn McKim. God Is a Murderer to Zaccheus Jackson.

Sound of the Beast is staged by arrangement with Kensington Literary Representation, 34 St. Andrew Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1K6, kensingtonlit@rogers.com 416.848.9648

Photo by Graham Isador

“Sound of the Beast is an unusual, disarming display of poetic justice.”

GLOBE & MAIL

“A compelling and engaging storyteller, St. Bernard shifts easily from pointed remarks and calling out prejudice, to casual and conversational moments…Speaking truth to power in raw, real, fierce and funny Sound of the Beast.”

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