Using the video game Minecraft as a kind of theatre, a group of gamers/performers between the ages of 10 and 47 enact different mother-son narratives live in front of an audience. As they travel through digital terrains, telling tales from the Beowulf saga, Bambi, and The Terminator, personal stories of the powerful bond between mothers and sons emerge and weave themselves into the performance.
Inspired by the real-life relationship between Theatre Replacement’s Artistic Director, Maiko Yamamoto, and her 12-year-old son Hokuto, and his obsession with Minecraft, MINE is an intergenerational performance that both interrogates and recognizes the role technology plays in our modern parent-child relationships.
On tour March 18-22, 2020 at The Cultch in Vancouver.
THEATRE REPLACEMENT builds performances that react to contemporary existence. When making this work, we recognize the accomplishments and failures of the world around us; use biographical material to magnify these events through extended collaborative processes and training programs; and reproduce the results for local, national and international audiences.
Photos by Tim Matheson and Claire Haigh
“the…multi-media, multi-generational, multi-layered showcase of brilliant, home-grown acting, writing and gaming talent from Theatre Replacement.”
— The Vancouver Observer
“Mine blurs the boundaries between theatre and gaming….Theatre can be playful; here that’s made literal.”
— The Gizzle Review
“a tender, moving insight into mother-son relationships using Minecraft…we highly recommend you go see it…”
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