Grounded in Fantasy

Grounded in Fantasy, poster for Toronto Fringe, 2011.

Grounded in Fantasy, poster for Toronto Fringe, 2011.
Design and photos by Amy McConnell

Grounded in Fantasy premiered at The Tarragon Theatre during the Toronto Fringe Festival, July 2011.  Featuring five talented Toronto-based actors and two musicians, this one act play used humour to confront issues of depression and suicide.

The Woman………………….. Zane Banyan

Fantasy Woman 1………….. Graínne O’Flynn

Fantasy Woman 2 …………. Natalie Morgan

Fantasy Man 1 ………………. Ash Catherwood

Fantasy Man 2 ………………. Steve Ferguson

Guitarist ………………………. Ryan Watson

Drummer ……………………… Sean Graham

Drummer (Understudy)…….. Kevin Graham

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Fantasy characters
Design by Steve Ferguson, photos by Amy McConnell.

 

The play opens with a woman speaking out loud to herself, frustrated that once again she is feeling depressed and sad.  Gradually as the lights come up, we see and hear figures from her mind discuss her mood openly and critically.  By the time the lights fill the stage, the woman becomes aware of what is being said about her – a situation new to both the woman and her fantasy people.  She doubts her sanity and their motivation.

The mission becomes clear to the fantasy characters.  They must perform the daydreams and fantasies they would normally create when she was less aware of the cast/crew to help this woman – only this time their creator will be a cognizant and judgemental audience member who can critique them as they go.

Although at times dark, this piece ultimately is an uplifting comedic show that highlights some of the insecurities and feelings of those suffering from depression and self doubt.

 

 

Our promotional video shot and edited by Michelle Whiting

Living a Fantasy

As a promotional (and fun) idea, we decided to create a “Fantasy Contest” for our friends, and various networks.  We accepted fantasy submissions over a period of a few weeks.  Then, we opened up these submissions for voting.  The winner with the most votes would have their fantasy turned into an original song and they would get two free tickets to our show. Maureen McLeod gave everyone a run for their money and her fantasy submission was the clear winner.  “Living a Fantasy” was born.  Inspired by Maureen McLeod’s life, lyrics written by Pamela Barker, and music and vocals by the very talented Frances Miller.

 

 

Pictures from rehearsal, promotional events, and a show!