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Minotaur | Mar. 24 – Apr. 13, 2014 | Omari St. Aude; Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.
Minotaur
Mar. 24 – Apr. 13, 2014

Greek myth meets modern day in a boy’s quest to save his soldier Dad.

Minotaur

By Kevin Dyer
Co-World Premiere with Polka Theatre (England) and Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre for Young People (Wales)
Directed by Alan Dilworth

On the Mainstage | Mar. 24 – Apr. 13, 2014
Recommended for Grades 4-8 | Ages 9 & up
Running Time: Approximately 70 Minutes

The award-winning playwright of The Monster Under the Bed has fused Greek mythology and modern themes to create a high-stakes adventure story. Freddie, a 12 year-old boy, receives urgent, cryptic text messages from his soldier Dad in an unnamed, war-torn country. While he attempts to decipher these messages, an Ogre and the Queen of Minos appear in his backyard, dragging him into the past in the role of Theseus, whose destiny was to slay the Minotaur and save his father, King Aegeus. Freddie accepts the quest believing it is the only way he can help his Dad, who is trapped in a foreign war with no way out.

The play was first presented as a rehearsed reading in May 2012, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as part of New Visions/New Voices.

Curriculum Connections

  • The Arts (Drama)
  • Language
  • Social Studies
  • History

Character Education Connections

  • Responsibility
  • Perseverance
  • Kindness and Caring
  • Integrity

Themes

  • Destiny
  • Free Will
  • Sacrifice and Responsibility

Collaborative Research Project

“In this place… and in that other place.”
– Kevin Dyer, Minotaur

YPT and Polka Theatre are fostering collaborative research between two sets of young people, here in Toronto and there in Wimbledon, in connection with the co-world premiere of Kevin Dyer’s new play, Minotaur.

At YPT, we are working with the Grade 5/6 class at Downtown Alternative School, one of our most engaged Member Schools. At Polka, the Young Voices Panel  - a diverse group of young people ages 8-13 who meet regularly to share their views and opinions on theatre and, in particular, on how Polka Theatre is run. These students will each be undertaking their own projects of inquiry, based on these respective productions.

Through tours of the theatre, in-class research, rehearsal visits and interviews with members of staff – and with Minotaur as their case study – they will examine and share their findings on the process of theatre-making. Follow their international research adventure here as they explore everything from how a director prepares for rehearsal to how costumes help to tell the story to the reasons why the playwright decided to adapt this ancient myth in the first place.


Minotaur Companion Student Workshop: Break Dance!

Minotaur Companion Student Workshop: Break Dance! facilitated by Lee Pham, dancer, artist and teacher
This exciting 1 hour in-school workshop is the perfect companion piece to YPT’s production of Minotaur. The components include:

  • Facing Your Fears: Students will learn some of the history of Breaking in connection with the importance of taking risks despite it being challenging.
  • Entering the maze: Students will work together to learn and create choreography, encouraging the students to be brave when undertaking a new task.
  • Confronting the Minotaur: Students will experiment with a dance battle, creating the confidence to use their personal strengths or tools when encountering an obstacle.

Workshop rate is $10 per person (plus HST.)

For more information or to book, call Amber Ebert, Interim Educational Services Director at 416.363.5131 x230


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