Having teenagers in charge of things – so what would that be like?
The people behind Victoria’s SNAFU Theatre are doing their best to test the concept, through their physical comedy show Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future. This Saturday (Feb. 8), these Fringe Festival favourites present one last presentation of the show, at the Roxy Theatre.
The play, co-created by Ingrid Hansen, Rod Peter Jr. and Kathleen Greenfield, is a teenager’s envisioning of how to survive the looming social and environmental chaos, created and inspired by interviews with local Victoria teenagers.
“We created the first version of this show in 2012 with support from the Belfry Theatre,” Hansen says. “And it’s wild to see how much of this play’s predictions have come true. Youth are rising up around the world today calling for action on climate change, Australia is on fire, #MeToo has rocked the world … it’s definitely an exciting time to be alive.”
The show begins with two grade-eights hijacking their school assembly to deliver an important message: They will be dead in an hour, society is going to collapse in the next five years, and they’re here to train you how to survive. And on it goes, and great hilarity ensues. At the heart of this show is a poignant exploration of the world today’s youth are inheriting, and what they’re prepared to do about it.
Winner of the Playwright Theatre Centre’s ‘New Play Prize’ and Victoria’s Critic’s Choice for ‘Best New Play,’ Kitt & Jane was named by CBC Writes as one of the top 10 fringe shows in all of Canada in 2014. Following this command performance, the company heads to Ottawa, where they’ve been invited to perform at the Undercurrents Festival.
Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, available online at www.snafudance.com.