Vitals

by Rosamund Small

An Outside the March Production
Sponsored by Theatre Passe Muraille

Anna’s daily routine is life, death, bureaucracy.  Every call she receives is an emergency.  How much trouble is our city in? Based on real interviews conducted with a Toronto EMS worker, Vitals invites the audience to venture into the psyche of a paramedic dealing with PTSD. The play weaves together a canvas of affecting, poignant and disturbing emergency stories and explores their impact on the responder to these calls. OtM’s 2014 production was staged inside of a residential house in Roncesvalles, and transformed every inch of this three-story home to resemble the fractured memories of dozens of emergency calls. Performed using a live-broadcast, audio headset system, audience members were free to forge their own experience through Anna’s psyche, while the narrative of the experience unfolded all around them.

Vitals was the first World Premiere Immersive Experience from Outside the March. The production was also adapted into a feature film—an immersive theatrical/film hybrid that unfolds in a single shot for the viewer.

  • April 29th – June 1st, 2014

Residential House in Roncesvalles

a real step forward for immersive theatre in this town.

The Globe and Mail

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The Globe and Mail

Outside the March continues to be one of the most interesting and successful theatre companies in our city

The Toronto Star

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The Toronto Star

a stark illustration of the divide between civilian and first responder.

The National Post

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The National Post

Cast & Creative Team

Cast

  • Katherine Cullen as Anna
  • Nicole Buscema, Zoe Danahy, Dana Deoraj, Ximena Huizi, Hannah Kaya, Dayna Miller, Rashida Shaw, Vanessa Spence, Jean Webb – First Responders (Artistic Accomplices)
  • Sebastien Heins as the Voice
  • Jesse Watts as the Man
  • Sagwa Heins as the Dog

Creative Team

  • Rosamund Small – Playwright
  • Mitchell Cushman – Director
  • Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld – Producer
  • Andrew Morris – Stage Manager
  • Anahita Dehbonehie – Production Design
  • Samuel Sholdice – Music and Sound Design
  • Shannon Lea Doyle – Costume Design
  • Sebastien Heins – Audience Liaison and Social Media
  • Chloe Cushman – Poster Illustration and Design

Reviews

Awards & Accolades

  • Outstanding Independent Production – Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2014)
  • Outstanding Original Play – Dora Mavor Moore Awards (2014)
  • ★★★★ – Now Magazine
  • ★★★★ – Theatromania