It’s hard to imagine a downtown Vancouver not teeming with development – new office buildings perpetually under construction and a skyline getting higher and higher. But when you’ve not only been in Vancouver for a couple of decades but helmed the association representing the downtown core since 1992, you’ve seen a lot of things.
Last week a theatre producer was thoroughly fed up when Jon Snow fans came to see Kit Harrington in a production of Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York’s Theatre. According to the critic, young audience members enjoyed big macs, talked, used their phones (in some instances to record), and were generally unruly.
In tough times the arts are often cast aside as a luxury. “We have more important things happening!” people exclaim. But artistic forms have always helped us shape societies and, perhaps even more importantly, understand them. With very real, tough issues dominating the news, theatre may offer some ways to help us process – here are a few reasons why.