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August 18-31
VOL.14 ISSUE. 26
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Twisted Sisters

Ezekiel McAdams
Published Thursday February 18, 06:44 pm
Injured twins face scientific experimentation in Blood

Blood: A Scientific Romance
The Refinery
Opens Friday 26

Blood: A Scientific Romanceis the latest in Live Five's 2015-2016 Season. Written by Canadian playwright, Meg Braem, Blood is the first play produced by Sparrow & Finch Theatre, a company assembled for the express purpose of telling stories from a female perspective.

Kate Herriot and Kristina Hughes, who formed Sparrow & Finch, both act and produce in Blood. The pair met at the Globe Conservatory, where they started looking for a project that would allow them to not only work together but to showcase women in theatre as well.

When they found Blood, everything else fell into place.

Blood: A Scientific Romanceis the story of twin sisters, Angelique and Poubelle, who, after a tragic accident on a prairie highway, are left alone in a pool of blood until Dr. Glass brings them home and subjects them to endless experiments, trying to discover the strong bond the sisters share. This production stars Herriot and Hughes as twin sisters Angelique and Poubelle, Blaine Hart as Dr. Glass and Jacob Yaworski as Max. Heather Inglis is the director with Darren Miller, who’s been involved in Amigo’s annual Band Swap fundraiser, doing music and sound.

Herriot who grew up in and studied in Regina was compelled to produce and star in Blood after reading it.

“We wanted a show together where it was challenging for the two of us and when I read it I balled my eyes out, called Kristina, and the love the drives everything in this story is the love between siblings. Finally we found a play where the two of us found something challenging and also not focused on not romantic love, which is a relief.” Herriot says.

Herriot and Hughes both have sisters, a fact they found helpful in the rehearsal process.

“The two girls, Angelique and Poubelle, are as in love with each other as siblings can be. And yet, there are still all those things you see between siblings, like the manipulation and some emotional hostage taking. If one person is having an emotional experience, the other sister has to comply. We've been having a lot of conversations with our own families and what that means to have someone who knows you to well.”

While not her intention with this production, it was important to Herriot to help women find roles in theatre, both on stage and off. Incidentally, Herriott is coming off  Embrace Theatre’s production of MacBeth where she played the titular role.

“And that came out of the fact that we were really excited about having a female playwright,” she says. “And who do we want to direct this, we want it to be a woman. Not because she shares the same gender we do but just there is a certain sensibility and understanding of this story.”

Herriot was excited about getting women behind the scenes as well. Emma Thorpe is the fight director and Jenna Berenbaum is the stage manager/lighting designer.   

"It’s absurd how few women directors there com[pared to men in this country. It's fairly abysmal compared to other countries.”

Going forward, Herriot would just like more women to just get work.

“To get to a place where it's not even a question anymore or a topic of interest. It should be, ‘oh cool, it's a good show, doesn’t matter what gender the people are. I think in order to push for that swing the pendulum really far in direction women getting a lot of work and things will equalize. At least that's my theory.”

This production has also been interesting for Herriot because it’s her first time as a producer, which she finds both exciting and challenging.

"You’re using your left brain and right brain at the same time. I’m producing, coordinating and then during the day, I’m in rehearsal, trying to be present as an actor and reveal everything about the character. I feel my brain doesn’t get any rest ever.

“Person Kate probably isn’t getting any attention, says Herriot. “But Producer Kate and Actor Kate are doing very well.”

One thing Herriot really hopes happen is that twins see the show together. Sparrow & Finch is even providing a discount for twins on one of the nights.

“The one thing I should say is Meg Braem herself is a twin, and she wrote this for her twin sister. It would just be so cool to have an audience full of twins.”

Blood: A Scientific Romance is at the Refinery. The play runs until March 6. Tickets can be bought at the door or online at livefive.ca.

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