Using the computer construction game Minecraft as a kind of theatre, a group of gamer/performers between the ages of 11 and 46 enact different mother-son narratives in front of an audience of roughly the same age. As they travel through digital terrains together, live-operating 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 Co-Artistic Director, Maiko Yamamoto, and her 12-year-old son Hokuto and his obsession with Minecraft, MINE opens us up to expansive and strange new territories in an intergenerational performance that both interrogates and recognizes the role technology plays in our modern parent-child relationships.
Performed by Yamamoto and her son Hokuto MacDuff, Conor Wylie, Remy Siu and a group of 4 local gamer/performers in every location. Dramaturgy by Carmen Aguirre, Costume and Visual Design by Leah Weinstein, Lighting Design by Jeff Harrison and Technical Direction and Stage Management by Daniel O’Shea. Produced by Corbin Murdoch.
Commissioned by artsdepot, Cambridge Junction and Future Arts Centres. Originally co-produced by Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Theatre Replacement acknowledges the assistance of the 2018 Banff Playwrights Lab in the creation of this project — a partnership between the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity and the Canada Council for the Arts.
NOVEMBER 14-17, 2018
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
MARCH 21-23, 2019
MARCH 29-31, 2019
JUNE 14 & 15, 2019
FEBRUARY 6, 2020
MARCH 18-22, 2020*
*DUE TO COVID-19 this presentation shifted to 3 live-streams of the performance on March 19, 20 & 21, broadcast through Facebook Live and Twitch. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MINE is not an official Minecraft product nor is it affiliated with Mojang. Mojang made a video about the show while it was on tour in the UK, which you can see HERE.
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Photos by Tim Matheson, Chris Randle and Claire Haigh
Video by Cam Anderson
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