A love story that conjures Orpheus leading his Eurydice out from the underworld of small town hell.
Gravel, gravel. Bombshell. Deluxe. Delectable. Devine. Chloe from the underworld arrives. A porn star’s love child, slight curvature of the spine, the hint of a limp she’s trying to hide. Another new town, new life, new school. She walks to the back of the classroom. Skank. Skank. Rapist. Bully. Big girl. Odd boy. Stare. Stare. Odd looking boy in the second row gazes out the window.
Hardened from a life filled with bullies, dead-beat boyfriends and no sense of hope, Chloe uses her sexuality as her weapon and her armour. Always on the wrong side of cool, Chris is a different sort of outcast who is living his own version of a nightmare. But when ‘Odd Boy’ Chris meets ‘Chloe from the Underworld’, an intense connection is formed and suddenly, a different life seems possible.
Born in Vancouver, Australian Playwright Vivienne Walshe is returning home, making her Canadian debut with this searing two-handed poem. Winner of the 2012 Griffin Award, This is Where We Live is a love story that conjures Orpheus leading his Eurydice out from the underworld of small town hell. A raw and honest portrayal of adolescence told in sharp, gritty and erotic language, with equal parts naivety and humour, This is Where We Live is a modern mythical tale of isolation, longing, desire and teenage awkwardness.
Saw This is Where We Live @SummerWorks Sublime. Highly, highly recommended. Adored the tart Joycean flavour. See it.
The Globe and Mail
This is Where We Live
by Vivienne Walshe
The SummerWorks Theatre Festival, Aug 6-16th 2015
Directed by Taryn Jorgenson
Performed by Jenna Harris and Tim Welham
Dramaturged by Emma Mackenzie Hillier
Lighting Design by Adrien Whan
Set and Costume Design by Jenna McCutchen
Sound Design by Alicia Porter
Stage Managed by Laura Paduch
Dialect Coaching by Lopa Sircar
Running Time: 65min
Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue
This is Where We Live is nothing short of two dynamic performers telling one unique love story. Playing at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, Discord and Din Theatre’s presentation at
SummerWorks 2015 shows
what talented performers can do with a great script in a sparse space.
Mooney on Theatre
Jenna Harris and Tim Welham
Photo credit: Dahlia Katz