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Photos: ‘Gimme Shelter’ tackles climate change in visually stunning play

August 20, 2015

Last month, I had the pleasure of watching the world premiere of Gimme Shelter, a play that melds innovative storytelling techniques with a traditional narrative.

Written by Why Not Theatre artistic director Ravi Jain, it was inspired by The Mahabharata, an important Sanskrit epic poem from ancient India. But despite its source material, Gimme Shelter‘s lessons are applicable to modern society, especially when it comes to addressing climate change.

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The play “questions individual responsibility to action when facing problems that seem too big to solve,” according to Why Not Theatre’s website. Indeed, it forces audience members to ask themselves: “What can one person do?”

Although Gimme Shelter‘s setting is simple, it effectively uses light/shadow, music/sound effects and audience interactivity to create an immersive theatre experience. Jain, who is the sole performer, also conveys strong emotion through his body language.

Gimme Shelter was part of Panamania, an arts and culture festival associated with this year’s Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto. It ran from July 13 to 18 at Young Centre for the Performing Arts.


‘Love in the Buff’ film review: Bare in Beijing

Romantic comedy Directed by Ho-Cheung Pang 2012 While it’s not a game-changer, writer-director Ho-Cheung Pang’s sharp rom-com, Love in the Buff, is a realistic portrayal of modern love in all its complexity and pain.…

March 30, 2012

‘Starry Starry Night’ film review: Living a dream

Drama Directed by Tom Lin 2011 Starry Starry Night is a whimsical coming-of-age tale that takes a common theme — growing pains — and transforms it through exquisitely rendered CG effects and a heartfelt storyline.…

March 22, 2012

‘Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness’ film review

Documentary Directed by Joseph Dorman 2011 Rich in historical context, Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness charts the life of the leading Yiddish author and playwright whose stories inspired the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof.…

February 23, 2012