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Titillations Full Cast:
Cecilly Day
Sara Vickruck
Emily Henney
Yvette Dudley Neuman
Tahina Awan

Titillations Photo Credit:
Kathryn Mussallem
www.thealmightyqueen.com
@thealmightyqueen

SHIFT Logo/Graphic Design:
Keith Hamilton
http://raredesign.ca/


Media Release

Media Contact: Coco Roberge, A.D. 778 323 3039 / coco@shifttheatre.ca

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Event: SHIFT Festival 11: The Naked Truth

Dates: May 31, June 1, June 2   

Venue: CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton Street in Vancouver

Tickets: www.shifttheatre.ca or at the doors (Details/Pricing below)

Vancouver, BC / May 1 / 2018 - Vancouver’s SHIFT Theatre presents the world premiere of Titillations, by Yvette Dudley-Neuman, at the heart of SHIFT Festival 11, the local company’s signature event. Titillations is a provocative and profound exposé of the female breast, from a powerful female perspective, giving voice to the embodied experiences of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. Based on careful and committed field research and laced with original songs, this is a whole show about boobs: identity, iconography, illness, ageing, objectification, self-acceptance and celebration. Hilarious, heartbreaking, bawdy and brave, directed by local upstart Madelyn Osborne, Titillations features Sara Vickruck, Yvette Dudley Neuman, Tahina Awan, Cecilly Day & Emily Henney in resonant roles, with an all-female live band led by The Land of Deborah and musical arrangements by Peter Abando. Seeking diverse takes on The Naked Truth, the 11th annual SHIFT Festival supports Ms. Dudley-Neuman’s fiercely truthful script with a Festival Workshop, Panel Discussion, Festival Marketplace and more.   
 

FESTIVAL MAINSTAGE EVENT:

Titillations - May 31, June 1, June 2 / 8pm / CBC Studio 700 ($25)

by Yvette Dudley-Neuman, directed by Madelyn Osborne

FESTIVAL MARKETPLACE - May 31, June 1, June 2 / 6:30-8pm / CBC Studio 700. Admission is free with Titillations tickets. Engage with local partners like BC Cancer Agency and Knitted Knockers Canada, and browse like-minded merchandisers while enjoying our licensed snack bar sponsored by Odd Society Spirits and Off The Rail Brewing.

THE NAKED TRUTH: LATE NIGHT - June 1 / 10pm / CBC Studio 700 ($10)

Intimate storytelling event featuring infamous locals doing some #fiercetruthtelling about bodies, body image and shifts in identity.

FESTIVAL WORKSHOP: BOOTY FREEDOM - June 2 / 10am / CBC Studio 700 ($10) Taught by certified yogi Nargis Dhirani, linked to local partners Karma Teachers, Booty Freedom is a liberating and expressive movement class for all ages and genders set to sexy music and focused on free and open body celebration.

FESTIVAL PANEL DISCUSSION: NO BODY IS AN APOLOGY - June 2 / 2pm / CBC Studio 700 ($6). Facilitated by Ilana Zackon, founder of social issues theatre company Project X Performance, and featuring local innovators Linda Carson, Veronique West, and Leslie Stark (more t.b.a.), this panel discussion is open to audiences interested in dialogue around body image, embodied performance practice, and the body as inspiration. Featuring “The Real Me” Portrait Booth by Artist in Residence Sinead Grewcock, plus refreshments, participants can donate their story about identity and body image to Ms. Zackon for her upcoming show corpo (r e a l). Get involved!

All tickets are available online at www.shifttheatre.ca or at the doors.

$25 for Titillations May 31, June 1, June 2 / 8pm

$10 for The Naked Truth: Late Night storytelling event June 1 / 10pm

$10 for Festival Workshop June 2 / 10am

$6 for No Body Is An Apology: Panel Discussion June 2 / 2pm

B A C K G R O U N D  N O T E S

Media Contact: Coco Roberge 778 323 3039 / coco@shifttheatre.ca

Photos & Interviews Available Upon Request

SHIFT Festival 11: The Naked Truth

THE COMPANY: Led by Artistic Director Nicole “Coco” Roberge, SHIFT Theatre is a flexible collective of artists working collaboratively to create resonant and conscious live performance. Committed to community engagement that is both inclusive and innovative, and challenging story-telling that encourages compassion and dialogue, SHIFT values creative development and lifelong learning, proven by the SHIFT Workshop Series and the SHIFTLab program, which links new playwrights with professional mentors. SHIFT seeks to champion and empower emerging and professional artists, teaching and returning artists, especially women and underrepresented voices, on and offstage.

PLAYWRIGHT: Yvette Dudley Neuman is a powerhouse of energy dedicated to "the work" and committed to revealing humanity through story. As an award-winning actor, writer, and historical re-enactment director/producer, Yvette's passion for words has generated songs, poems, and short films. She's written several plays: Detention Divas, Christmas Crackers, and The F Words (winner: Honourable Mention 2014, Theatre BC PlayWriting Competition). Yvette's twenty-nine historical re-enactment scripts (City of Surrey Archives) and program were awarded the 2015 BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) Provincial Award of Excellence. For more go to https://tteevy.wordpress.com/.

DIRECTOR: Madelyn Osborne is a Vancouver-based theatre director, creator and mover. She is a graduate of the Douglas College Theatre Program and received an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Acting from the University of Wales. She was recently selected for Rumble's Emerging Directors Lab where she studied with Weyni Mengesha. Madelyn is one half of the performance art duo MOMS which focuses on creating interactive community building works. Up next: Asking Alice a one-on-one, interactive, installation; a Wonderland for the hopelessly curious. AA premiers at rEvolver Festival 2018. Madelyn would like to thank the cast and crew for all their bravery and strength through this exhilarating process! Also her mother, Penny, for her unwavering support and Tom for listening to her constant boob talk. To see more of her work please check out her website: madelynosborne.com.

BAND LEADER: The Land of Deborah is an award-winning singer-songwriter and composer who believes in life, love and the pursuit of fair trade chocolate. Her music has been featured in shows across the Oprah Winfrey OWN network as well as in numerous independent films, documentaries, and radio. As well as performing in and around Vancouver, Deborah has been a songwriting instructor for the Sears BC Drama Festival as well as for the Beyond Music program in partnership with the Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society and UBC’s Shine On Music program. During her career she has created music for various theatrical productions and is thrilled to be part of the house band for Titillations.

PANEL DISCUSSION FACILITATOR: Ilana Zackon is a Canadian artist who enjoys wearing many hats. An actor, director, singer-songwriter, voice-over artist, writer and producer, she has been involved in the performing arts since the age of three. Selected acting credits include a Canada-Canada tour of The Magical Journey (Tohu Bohu Productions), Nuclear Sky (Title 66 Productions, Montreal), Catalyst in Livelock (Tuque Games, V-O) and Katherina von Dernsbach in Mordheim: City of the Damned (Games Workshop, V-O). Directing credits include: Teddy Bears (Pull Fest VII, Speakeasy Theatre), An Assertive Girl  (Pull Fest VII, Speakeasy Theatre), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Floor 13 Productions), Part I (Project X Performance) and  in / cognitō: a living art exhibit on mental health (Project X Performance). Ilana is incredibly passionate about using theatre as a platform to create awareness and empathy, worldwide. She currently resides in Vancouver, BC and is an Artist-in-Residence at Presentation House Theatre. See more at https://projectxperformance.com/.

FESTIVAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: Sinead Grewcock is Photographer, Actor, Director, and Comedian. She has been making films since she was 14. Through her work on stage and screen she strives to empower women and diversity through unique stories and images. Some of her recent Directing credits include Gotcha! (Webseries), Our Chances (Feature Film), Bike Pals (Short Film), and I’ll Keep you Safe (Webseries). Sinead also performs improv weekly at Vancouver Theatresports, as well as many other comedy venues around Vancouver.

PAST FESTIVALS:

SHIFT Festival 10: Passion Projects (June 2017) was a particular watershed moment wading into public discourse in conflicted times. Staged at the Firehall Arts Centre, SHIFT presented a solo show by veteran actor Allan Morgan (Pride), an exploration of women’s roles in revolutionary Iran by Fay Nass (Unveiled), presented in Farsi and English, and a lobby installation by the Troika Collective, (Walls), based on a fascinating book by Journalist Marcello DiCintio, about the many actual and impenetrable walls that divide groups around the world.

SHIFT Festival 9: Empowering Women, Empowering Words (June 2016) explored a theme that emerged loud and clear during our submission process that year. At the Firehall Arts Centre, SHIFT presented three evenings of short, sharp shows by emerging female playwrights (Stephanie Iszak, Mily Mumford, Bailee Soleil Creed, CR Packer, Virginia Gillespie) with a focus on excellent roles for female performers.