Loosely, lovingly and irreverently adapted from Euripides’ The Trojan Women and The Oresteia, The Trojan Girls and The Outhouse of Atreus is the latest immersive theatre experience from Outside the March. One of the company’s most complex productions to date, the play will unfold simultaneously in two adjacent site-specific locations, with the cast travelling back and forth between the two different worlds to embody both a group of teenagers and their respective parents.
True to the essence of the Greek myths from which it draws inspiration, The Trojan Girls and The Outhouse of Atreus examines cycles of generational inheritance: how systems of patriarchy, intolerance, addiction and hopelessness can render something as pure as expressing care as a radical act.
Outside the March creates unforgettable immersive encounters—redefining the experience of theatre for a new generation of audiences. Its immersive experiences are communal, site-engaged and fuse the epic with the intimate, all with the goal of implicating audiences in the stories that they share. By expanding the canvas on which its storytelling takes place, the company brings underused spaces into the public eye and welcomes audiences who don’t normally find themselves at the theatre.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $145,000 will support a multi-year development process with partners in Vancouver and Calgary, providing the additional time required to work through the complex staging requirements of an immersive, script-based theatre piece. It will also support the inclusion of a full-time Associate Director throughout the development process.
An Immersive Experience from Outside the March and Factory Theatre in association with Neworld Theatre.
Based on Clark's play The Ruins, developed at Two Planks and A Passion.
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
August 3 to 28, 2022: World premiere at Factory Theatre (Toronto)