Directed by Alex Rioux
Created by Alex Rioux and Samuel Crowell
Created & Performed in 2018 by Samuel Crowell, Dustyn Forbes, Sydney Hallett, Miguel Roy & Esther Soucoup
Created and Performed in 2019 by Samuel Crowell, Dustyn Forbes, Kira Chisholm, Esther Soucoup & Lucas Tapely
"Which is the greater treason: Treason to your country, or treason to your friends?" Fruit Machine was created during the first Artist in Residency supported by Solo Chicken Productions and is entirely conceived and directed by coop company members. Using physical theatre to interpret historical text and quotes, this new work focuses on the questionable practices of the RCMP that targeted the LGBTQ+ community in the 50’s and 60’s. One such questionable practice was the ‘fruit machine’, which was said to be capable of determining if an individual was interested in homosexual activity. Fruit Machine strives to shine a light on the unfair treatment of queer individuals in Canadian history.
In the summer of 2019, Fruit Machine was performed as the main stage production for NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival. NotaBle Acts is a theatre company dedicated to the development and production of new plays by aspiring and established New Brunswick dramatists. For more information on NotaBle Acts CLICK HERE.