Henry G20


Toronto, ON

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A Shakespearean Play in the Streets of Toronto. Conceived and directed by Christine Brubaker and co-written by Brubaker and Constantine X. Anastasakis, Henry G20 freely adapts Shakespeare’s Henry V in a contemporary retelling of the conflict between police and protestors during the G20 Summit protests in Toronto in June 2010. Melding new text with verse and form from Henry V, this podplay addresses unanswered questions from that fateful weekend where hundreds of people, protesters, and innocent bystanders were kettled, arrested, and detained. Follow Henry, played by Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, the headstrong leader of a grassroots activist organization as she leads her community in peaceful protest through downtown Toronto. Experience the unanticipated chaos of the Black Bloc, burning police cars, and a stand-off with the newly militarized police force. Bear witness to the events surrounding the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. Investigate the meaning of leadership as ideas and ideologies clash in the streets. Henry G20 is a tour of Toronto set during the G20 protests and brought to life through PodPlays (podcast play) and a personalized multimedia experience accessed through a mobile app at the original sites or anywhere you choose. Henry G20 is a theatre play delivered via podcast and augmented reality. Produced by Henry G20 Group. Co-commissioned and produced in association with Luminato Festival Toronto and The Bentway Conservancy.

Thu 14 Oct
7:00 PM →
Sun 24 Oct
→ 11:55 PM

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  • Image of Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah as Henry with a megaphone in her right hand and holding a crown on her head with the left hand with the CN Tower as a backdrop. Photo credit: Debbie Deer

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Luminato Festival Toronto

An international arts festival dedicated to performance, media and visual arts, Luminato Festival Toronto provides artistic programming that cuts across traditional art-form boundaries.



Toronto, ON

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