Fred Victor’s Bethlehem United Shelter is a place for people who have nowhere else to lay their head at night. And so, a night at the theatre is not generally on residents’ radar.
A very cool connection was made, however, between Tarragon Theatre and the shelter through one of Fred Victor’s board members. Tarragon asked if they could hear form shelter staff and residents about life and work at the shelter on May 26th and then the next day, a group of 15 staff and residents from the shelter attended a performance of Richard Rose’s Bollywood-inspired adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
The Toronto Star reviewed it as “an absolute delight” and our shelter residents said it was a good laugh, time away from the hustle n’ bustle, and one individual said it was nice to feel like other people and be able to go to the theatre for once.
Conversations between social groups that wouldn’t naturally intersect are valuable. Philosopher Mark Kingwell’s prescription for “the world we want” is to talk to someone you’d never normally talk to, every day. Fred Victor community members and Tarragon Theatre staff and actors did just that on May 26th.