The House of Pootsie Plunket
Written and directed by Johnathan Christenson and Joey Tremblay
A Rumble Productions/VECC presentation of a Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton) production
February 20 – 24, 2001
Vancouver East Cultural Centre
[a] fierce and angry play, a diatribe against the destruction of a nation.
Peter Birnie, Vancouver Sun
Part Greek tragedy, part black (Canuck) comedy, Vancouverites readily appreciated an allegory of the struggle to preserve cultural identity from the onslaught of our neighbours to the South.
Catalyst’s production won a prestigious Edinburgh Fringe First in 1999, and toured western Canada before returning to the U.K. in March. Written and directed by Jonathan Christensen and Joey Tremblay, The House of Pootsie Plunket is a weird and wonderful journey to the north. Pootsie and her baby brother Kirbus are trying to save their family heritage from being destroyed by their mother and her sleazy southern boyfriend. Inspired by by the story of Electra, this adult fairy tale is darkly funny, moving and magical, and has been described as a cross between Greek tragedy and Fargo.
Cast and Production Team:
Creation and Direction: Jonathan Christensen and Joey Tremblay
Performers: Sian Williams, Julianna Barclay, Dov Mickelson and Joey Tremblay
Set/Costume/Lighting Design: Brette Gerecke
Sound Design: Jonathan Christensen