ELYSIAN PRODUCTIONS

That’s what makes acting producing so attractive. You get to break all your own rules.
Gerardine Clark

Elysian Productions is a multidisciplinary production company founded in Dubai 2015, Elysian is currently based in Toronto, Canada. Elysian’s ethos advocates and is dedicated to the exploration of theatre for social reformation in conjunction with PhD research conducted at the University of Birmingham, UK. Elysian Productions are currently facilitating praxis-based workshops in downtown Toronto with Aboriginal communities; our practice attempts to address the immediate social and economic inequities faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada. The cumulative effects of colonial homogenisation of cultural identity have rendered Indigenous epistemologies impalpable. These exacerbated tensions between Aboriginal communities and settlers within Canada have complicated efforts to forge identities within a society that largely marginalises Aboriginal peoples, voices, and values. The methodology employed involves the conduction of largely qualitative, longitudinal research under an interpretivist paradigm epistemology, via an Applied Theatre intervention that draws from Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ praxis and Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Theatre of the oppressed practitioners engage with communities in processes of intentional praxis, that aim to equip participants with the skills for critical social analysis that pursue emancipation from social marginalisation and oppression. Theatre of the oppressed participants reorient their ontologies and decolonize their epistemologies; by negotiating the terms of co-existence in innovative ways, they bridge the gap between human rights theory and practice.

Artistic Director Laura Denmar is a British actor, singer, producer, writer and educator whose work revolves around the empowered voice.  As a performer, Laura has worked for over a decade as both a singer and actor with credits that include Oliver, Macbeth, King Leah, Sweeney Todd, Educating Rita, A Streetcar Named Desire and Miss Julie. Laura received a scholarship in 2017 to attend the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she completed her research for an MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast under the guidance of industry legends – Dr. Sarah Grochala, Dr. Tony Fisher and Sheila Preston.

The Etcetera Theatre, London, 2019.

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