Alternative and Experimental Theatre in Calgary, Alberta, founded by Michael Green and Blake Brooker in 1982. The current Artistic Director is Blake Brooker. Denise Clarke is Associate Artist; Andy Curtis is Ensemble Artist.
Their first production was Leonardo's Last Supper by English playwright, Peter Barnes. Their first creation was Juggler on a Drum by Kirk Miles and Gillian Raby (1983).
The company's approach is transgressive and multi-disciplinary and to this end they have performed works like John Murrell's Death in New Orleans (for which they won a Scotsman Fringe First Award at the 1998 Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Brad Fraser's The Ugly Man, Ionesco's Exit the King, and Permission, the Company's take on Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf after they had been refused permission to perform the original. (The Company, in effect, granted themselves "permission".) In February 1999, they presented Linda Gaboriau's translation of Daniel Danis's Le chant du dire-dire/Thunderstruck and in November, 1999, Vivienne Laxdal's These Girls.
Other productions include Somalia Yellow, Doing Leonard Cohen, Hunger's Brides, So Low, Mata Hari, Alien Bait , Conniption Cabaret, Serpent Kills, Naked West, Dance Freak, CD Dance, Breeder, Ilsa Queen of the Nazi Love Camp, Dreams of a Drunken Quaker, The Land the Animals, Touch, Lives of the Saints, Erotic Irony, Tears of a Dinosaur, Rembrandt Brown and Changing Bodies. In 2000, they brought Thunderstruck to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
For thirty-two years, the Company has produced the High Performance Rodeo, an annual festival of new and experimental performance theatre. They usually perform in the Big Secret Theatre in the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts.
The Toronto Star wrote of them, "[They are everything] theatre should be: daring, dangerous and disturbing."
They are funded by federal, provincial and municipal organizations and through ticket sales and fund-raising.
Further reading: Martin Morrow. Wild Theatre: The History of One Yellow Rabbit. Banff: Banff Centre Press, 2003.
Last updated 2020-02-11