Critical Responses Let’s Try This Standing:
“Everybody needs to see this” -Highly Recommended by the Slotkin Letter–
“Not everyone can maintain a sense of humour after enduring a near-death experience, but writer-performer Gillian Clark brings wit, optimism and honesty to her compelling show.” –Now Magazine Best of the Fest Pick – Outstanding Performance, Gillian Clark
“5 must-see shows at SummerWorks 2017” –BlogTO
“Honest. Hilarious. Incredibly Impactful.” –Outside the March Theatre Company
Audience Responses to Let’s Try This Standing:
“candid warrior and brave brave light” | “go. see. this. performance.” | “Gillian is a force”
“To see her share such a difficult story and open her healing process to an audience is tremendous”
“I saw this last night and it was really, really good. Good enough that it reminded me that I should see more theatre. I would probably go see more theatre if all of it was this good.”
“Such a full range of emotions came out of my eyeballs watching Let’s Try This Standing last night”
“A raw, funny, brave and generous performance”
In 2010 Gillian was hit by an SUV while she was walking down Spring Garden Road in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was on the sidewalk. Now, Gillian is a professional theatre artist. Let’s Try This Standing is a seventy minute show about shitting on nurses, having sex with atrophied muscles, awkward interactions with bagel eating massage therapists, and everything else that has happened since the accident.
Blending intimate storytelling, observational comedy, and imaginative design, Gillian Clark creates a communal experience with Let’s Try This Standing. It doesn’t offer easy answers, but it does give us a chance to be in a room together and be honest about how okay we are.
The show is also about being 23, feeling insecure about your body, and worrying you won’t find someone to love.
Let’s Try This Standing deals with recovery as an ongoing process.
Created and performed by Gillian Clark, Let’s Try This Standing is directed by 2b theatre company’s Anthony Black and produced by Karen Gross, with stage management and sound and projection design by Daniel Oulton.
The show has been workshopped at the PARC Colony (May 2014), at Lunchbox Theatre’s Stage One Festival (June 2014), and with Ship’s Company Theatre (October 2015).
Let’s Try This Standing was first showcased at Eastern Front Theatre’s Stages Festival in June 2015 and had its world premiere as part of Neptune Theatre’s Open Spaces Program in January 2016.
PAST TOUR DATES
Dramafest (Halifax), May 2016
Ship’s Company Theatre (Parrsboro NS), July 2016
Showcase in association with Outside the March (Toronto), August 2016
In the Soil Festival (Saint Catharines ON), April 2017
SummerWorks Performance Festival (Toronto), August 2017
Wildside Festival (Montréal), January 2018
Shadbolt Centre (Burnaby BC) , April 2019
For inquires about touring, email Karen.