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Neworld Theatre (Vancouver)

Jan 26 – 30, 2016

York Theatre

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Photo by Simon Hayter


Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

To celebrate Neworld Theatre’s 20th anniversary, we’ve put together a special package for you: one ticket each for Left­overs, Winners and Losers, and Doost (Friend) at a reduced price, with reserved seating!

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Born in 1980, between the elections of Thatcher and Reagan, comedian Charlie Demers emerged from that reactionary era a proud socialist. How much have things improved since the 80s? The answer is as obvious as it is infuriating: not much. In this comic show, created with Marcus Youssef of Neworld Theatre, Demers is asking why. This is a stand-up as storytelling tour de force: a complex and moving story about Demers and personal loss, about ideology, about the dreams of millions and why they’ve gone unfulfilled.

Sound serious? You bet it is. It’s also hilarious. Mostly. In the best tradition of political comedy, Demers uses humour as a pointed weapon, cutting through decades of bullshit into the core of malaise, and the many questions it raises. Chief among them is one we’ve all asked: Why are we so accepting of the world as it is? Cursing the darkness and lighting a candle, Leftovers makes us laugh through gritted teeth while shaking our fists at the neoliberal order. It’s funny because it’s true.

One of the stars of CBC Radio’s The Debaters, best-selling author, and one of Canada’s finest stand-up comedians, Charlie Demers lectures in creative writing at UBC and continues to fight the good fight as a political activist. Founded in 1995, Neworld Theatre is one of Vancouver’s leading performance companies. Their work is preoccupied with questions of difference, power and belonging. They also like to make people laugh. They tour nationally and internationally, and offer engagement programs to a wide variety of community-based networks.

The draw: Laughter and heart. Created with Neworld’s Marcus Youssef, it’s the theatrical debut of one of Vancouver’s best-loved comedians

Truly one of the smartest comics out there” — CBC Radio

An impressive achievement. Its politics are progressive and its realization is skilled in many ways. Viva la revolución!” — Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

Leftovers merits fandom. Friends, you gotta see it” — Paul Durras, BC Book Look

Leftovers isn’t just one thing. Like Charlie. Like theatre. Like everything worth something, it is complex and layered. It involves anger and laughter, discomfort and love, questions and not always answers because it’s a good story, told very well. And what else can you ask of a story, than to be told well and with love? Not much, really. Not much at all” — Sarah Higgins, Prism Magazine

We loved the show (me, husband, and 15-year-old son, who now wants to name his band The Social Democrats!). Funny, poignant, terrifying” — Zsuzsi Gartner, Canadian author and journalist

Venue: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Dr.

Show Dates and Times:
Jan 26, 8PM: Opening
Jan 27 – 30 : 8 PM
Jan 30 : 2 PM

Running time: 70 minutes, no intermission

Post-show talkback: Jan 27

By Charles Demers and Marcus Youssef
Performed by Charles Demers
Directed by Marcus Youssef
Associate Direction by Chelsea Haberlin
Designed by Parjad Sharifi
Movement Consultant Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg
Stage Managed by Lois Dawson
Technical Direction by Robin Richardson
With the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

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