2019 SummerWorks Preview Questionnaire: The Breath Between

9 Aug

Your name: Jericho Allick

Your production: The Breath Between

Your role: Co-Creator and Performer

Tell me about your show.

I like to think of it as a dystopian setting and a series of radical events that require a group of strangers to exist with each other.

What other shows or artists are you looking forward to seeing?

A show that my fellow The Breath Between performer Megan Legesse was telling me about is Wah Wah Wah, written and performed by Celia Green and directed by Bilal Baig. This is a one-woman show, starring a queer woman, about her experiences being a queer woman. I think that sounds extremely interesting. Your life experiences are made through a collection of interactions – so many people have an impact on who you are and who you become. To be able to portray that by yourself is so great. I think it takes both skill and passion to do that over and over again. I want to see how she takes her life and experiences and shows that to everyone else. And I learned that Celia is an AMY alumnus and Bilal is an AMY mentor and director. I am both surprised and not surprised that AMY has played a role in Wah Wah Wah. AMY is very set on making people’s dreams come true and showing off their abilities. AMY is very good at making people bloom.

What would you like to see more of in the Toronto performing arts environment?

I want to see more collaboration and support. I haven’t been a part of performing arts in Toronto in a long time, but I see it’s a small community in a grand scale. I want to see less competition and more community. There’s room for everyone to be a star. I’ve been in drag for a few years now. As a drag king, the one thing everyone tells me about it is that they love the community. There are not enough of us to fight each other; there’s always room for people to perform. I want to keep making that in theatre – that kind of community, that kind of support.

Campaign advertising for the upcoming federal election is replaced by one-person Fringe shows performed by the party leaders. Tickets are free so you can attend any show without necessarily being a supporter of the performer or their party. Whose show do you go see, what is it called, and what is the show about in a nutshell?

I would see Andrew Scheer’s one-man show called “How To Get Away With Murder”. It’s about how to strip away life necessities without them realizing you’re screwing them over.

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