Pi Provocateurs Presents a Rumble and V West co-Production
December 1 - 4
Progress Lab – 1422 William St. Vancouver
December 1 ,2, & 3rd – 7:30pm
December 4th – 4pm matinee
ASL interpreted Performance on December 3, with interpreters present and available pre and post show.
About the Show
In Szepty/Whispers, a neurodivergent artist probes their family’s silence around mental health, sifting through traces of the past. As they grapple with the risks and possibilities of disclosure, they question how culture, migration, and trauma shape generational perspectives on disability. Through fragments of personal narrative, documentary material, and multimedia design, Szepty/Whispers attempts to connect across silence – to find kinship without a shared language.
Szepty/Whispers experiments with a creative approach to accessibility, embedding audio description into the performer’s lines and captions into the projection design. The writer/performer is neurodivergent, mad, chronically ill, and non-binary. The creative team includes intersectional Deaf, disabled, mad, and neurodivergent artists. The project strives to centre our realities, bringing our communities together, while recognizing our diverse and sometimes contrasting needs.
Inspired by artistic groups like Sins Invalid (a queer and BIPOC disabled collective), we recognize how solidarity is essential and all liberation movements are connected.
90 minutes, no intermission.
Image credit: Christian Yves Jones
All tickets $25, including all service fees. Click here to purchase.
If a $25 is not realistic for you, please feel free to use code Szepty15 for a $15 pricing option.
If you experience financial barriers but still wish to access this piece, we want to have you there! Please send a note to Libby Willoughby (she/her) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to set a ticket aside for you.
View the Progress Lab 1422 visual story here, as a word doc or a PDF. This guide will help answer questions such as accessing the venue by bus, where to park, and how to navigate the Progress Lab building.
Pre-Show Audio Description
This description lasts approximately 6 minutes, and is intended to increase access for blind and partially sighted audience members. Although anyone is welcome to listen!
- an Audience Access Coordinator will be present at every show
- ASL interpreted performance on December 3, with a dedicated interpreter available pre and post show
- pre-show audio guide for blind & partially sighted communities
- visual story for the venue & show
- detailed content & sensory warnings
- audio description embedded into the performer’s lines
- captions embedded into the show’s projection design
- audiences will be free to move, make noise, leave, and return during the show
- separate quiet space
- flexible & wheelchair accessible seating
- gender neutral & wheelchair accessible washrooms
- COVID-19 safety practices such as masking are highly encouraged in the space to help protect vulnerable audience members, hand sanitizer will be available all around the venue, and high touch points will be frequently sanitized by staff
- We ask that audience members avoid wearing scented products, to make the space accessible for people with chemical sensitivities and allergies. You can find more info about fragrance-free access here
- online video version of the show for audiences to experience at home, release date TBD (will be announced on social media, via email, and on Rumble and Pi’s website)
Writer/Performer: Veronique West
Director: Jivesh Parasram
Inclusive Designer: JD Derbyshire
New Media/Projection Design: Caroline MacCaull (Chimerik Collective 似不像)
New Media/Projection Mentorship: Sammy Chien (Chimerik Collective 似不像)
Scenography Designer: Cindy Mochizuki
Sound Designer & Composer: David Mesiha
Lighting Designer: Keagan Elrick
Caption Designer: Jack Chipman
Blind Artist-Consultant: Amy Amantea
Deaf Artist-Consultant: Rei Ga-wun Leung
Dramaturg: Kathleen Flaherty
Carpentry: Minoru Yamamoto
Stage Manager: Zain Khudhur
Assistant Director: Ariel Martz-Oberlander
Producer: Christie Watson
Artist-Consultants for the Development Process: Amy Amantea, Siobhan Barker, June Fukumura, Rei Ga-wun Leung, and Marifer Douglas
With Support from
Szepty/Whispers has been developed at Playwrights Theatre Centre as part of the Associates program.
The project has also been supported by:
the Canada Council for the Arts
the BC Arts Council
the Province of British Columbia
Progress Lab 1422
Theatre Replacement’s PushOFF
Upintheair Theatre’s rEvolver Festival
The National Theatre School of Canada’s Art Apart initiative
Boca del Lupo and Rice & Beans Theatre’s DBLSPK series
Mentorship with Boca del Lupo’s Artistic Director Sherry J. Yoon
Universal Limited’s Horizontal Help program
The Arts Club Theatre Company’s LEAP Playwriting Intensive