Bad New Days and a good night of theatre

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Music and theatre are about to collide in a new way at Brock University’s Centre for the Arts. The contemporary theatre group Bad New Days is coming to the Centre for the Arts to perform their newest production, The Double.

Bad New Days, previously called TheatreRUN, is a contemporary theatre group that utilizes a poetic gesture style of theatre, meaning that they engage with the times and attempt to transform the world using their bodies as tools of expression. Since forming in 2008 they have produced six major productions, toured through Italy, New York, Scotland and China, and also lead two major theatre workshops per year.

Their newest project and performance, The Double is a volatile concoction of two actors, a musician and a single double bass. This play is inspired by a novella of the same name written by Fyodor Dostoëvsky. It is a schizo-comic-neurotic thriller about an anxious government clerk in 19th Century Russia who meets his doppelgänger, who, while identical in appearance is more daring, romantic and brash.

The plot invites the spectators into the action through their individual fears of identity loss – a core theme of the play’s plot. Using a genre of theatre called Vaudeville, in which the performance is made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together, the play forms an uncanny triangle between the clerk, his double and the double bassist which draws you in, creating a fantastic theatre experience.

According to Bad New Days, The Double is “an outlandish riff on the eternal search for personal identity and social status, The Double will make you cringe with compassion… as you double over with laughter.”

Bad New Days’ production of The Double has been nominated for five 2014 Dora Mavor Moore awards for “Outstanding Production”, “Outstanding Direction”, “Outstanding Performance Ensemble”, “Outstanding Lighting Design and Outstanding Sound/Design Composition”, ensuring that the quality of performance that will be brought to the Sean O’Sullivan Stage.

It is performed by the creator and director of the play, Adam Paolozza, a rising theatre star, Viktor Lukawski and as the cherry on top to an already exciting performance, the bassist is played by the former bass player of the Canadian metal band Protest the Hero, Arif Mirabdolbaghi. With a cast brimming of such talent, a great evening of theatre is fully expected.

Bad New Days will be bringing The Double to the Brock University Centre of the Arts on Jan. 15. The performance begins 7:30 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. Regular admission is $36 and $20 for students.

For more information, visit arts.brocku.ca or call the box office at 905-688-5550 ext. 3257. For more information about Bad New Days visit badnewdays.com

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