Other People’s Children a raw look at an aspect of labour exploitation
Imago Theatre’s production of “Other People’s Children” by Hannah Moscovitch, which plays at the Centaur Theatre until November 4, deals with a sometimes hidden aspect of the Canadian labour force, in particular, the migrant workers who work as care workers for the children of wealthy and affluent families.
The play centres around three people: Ilana (Kathleen Stavart), a type “A” lawyer who survived a bout of post-partum depression, yet is eager to return to her job at the law firm; her husband Ben (Brett Donahue), a charming, care free businessman who seems to look forward to every business trip that he goes on practically every other week to a far away, exotic location;and Sati (AshaVijayasingham), an engineerturned-nanny from Sri Lanka who is hired to look after Ilana and Ben’s child, so that she could earn enough money to bring her family to live in Canada.
But somehow, Sati’s eagerness to please and the bond she has with their daughter Eva creates a bone of contention for Ilana and Ben, as the ugly side of Ilana’s post-partum depression and Ben’s tendency towards infidelity (especially during one business trip to Hanoi) threatens to break through the glass-andconcrete confines of their luxurious suburban home, and with Sati in the middle as the catalyst of this dysfunctional family in the making.
This play is quite a raw, compelling look at how the exploitation of migrant workers in Canada (especially those working in the domestic care taking field) extracts a lot of unabashed emotions from all parties involved, and how these domestic migrant workers try to do everything within their power – and to withstand all sorts of emotional and physical abuse – so that they can benefit from the Canadian government’s caregiver program, so that they can gain permanent residency status after only two years on the job in Canada.The trio of actors that make up the cast do a superb job of bringing out these tensions and issues, and shed a great deal of light on an aspect of labour exploitation that has gone unnoticed here in Canada, but should now no longer be ignored.
Tickets for the remaining performances of “Other People’s Children” are $25, $20 for students, seniors and artists, and $15 for groups of 10 people or more. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to www.imagotheatre.ca or call 514-274-3222.
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The ILL-Abilities, a unique, inspiring breakdance crew whose members are differently-abled dancers, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special event called “No Limits X”, which is being held in collaboration with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, on November 17, at the ballet’s headquarters, located at 1435 Bleury Street.
Marking the first time that a HipHop event is being held with the legendary ballet troupe, this fully accessible event will have HipHop dancers representing such countries as the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Chile, Holland and South Korea.There will be three components: a No Limits concept dance battle, where participants will have the challenge of spinning a wheel that is labeled with various constraints and adaptive aids such as a wheelchair, crutches or a blindfold; a Heroes Showcase Battle, where student dancers with a disability will be dancing alongside professional dancers who do not have a disability; and a theatrical performance by the ILL-Abilities, where they will be debuting a new theatrical dance piece that they will be taking with them on future world tours.
Tickets for “No Limits X” are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For more information, go to:
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The 3rd annual Square Foot Exhibition and Fundraiser to benefit the Old Brewery Mission is set to take place on November 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 232 Senneville Road in Senneville. There will be 25 artists present at the event who will be selling a selection of specially priced works of art.There will also be an optional hot soup lunch for only $5 per person (dessert included). Admission is free.
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To mark National Family Caregiver Week in Quebec, Carrefour Productions Inc. will be presenting the Quebec premiere of the documentary “The Caregivers’ Club” on November 8, 5 p.m., at the Cinema du Parc.
Directed by Cynthia Banks, the documentary follows four families – and the four middle aged caregivers in each family – and how they cope with heartbreak, humour and frustrations of that go with taking care of their elderly parents as they go through the devastating effects of dementia.
The screening of the 55minute documentary will be followed by a panel discussion that will feature Ms. Banks, as well as Mark Stolow from the online caregivers’ community Huddol, Pharmacist Emmanuelle Laflamme, Sylvie Grenier from the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies and Guillaume Joseph from the L’Appui Support for Caregivers of Seniors. As well, the Caregivers’ Club Family Relief Award will be given out during the event, in which a family caregiver who is currently looking after someone with dementia, will receive 100 hours of free home care respite.
The event is being held in conjunction with Teva Canada, the Quebec Federation of Alzheimer Societies, Elizz and L’Appui Support for Caregivers of Seniors. Tickets are $12, $8 for seniors and students and can be purchased at the cinema, or in advance by going to: