SOME ASSEMBLY THEATRE COMPANY AND ROUNDHOUSE YOUTH THEATRE ACTION GROUP (RHYTAG)

BREAKWATER
Written and directed by Valerie Methot

in collaboration with Youth Writers/Actors/Musicians: Raylen Adriano, Hiraeth Campbell, Fox Hunt, Mitch Broome, Ciara Wilkinson, Skylar Walker, & Fiona Jenkins

BREAKWATER follows six youth who face the effects of isolation and mental health struggles from a symbolic, world- wide flood.

Presented virtually in June and July 2021, here’s what audience members are saying:

‘This was phenomenal!’

‘I found Breakwater to be a very sensitive portrayal of young people coping with depression, anxiety, gender and identity issues. Bravo to all involved for bringing us such a deeply compassionate and thought-provoking play.’

BREAKWATER will be screened at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in September 2021. Details to be announced soon.

BREAKWATER Credits

Movement/Physical Theatre Advisor: Susan Bertoia
Acting Coaches/Mentors: Allen Morrison & Matt Clarke
Producer/Set Design/Sound Design: Valerie Methot
Visual Artist/Set Design: Duane Murrin
Original Music Composer/Performer/Sound Design: Patrick Graham
Lighting Design: Jessica Han
Video Design: Flick Harrison
Technical Director: Jeremy Baxter
Stage Manager/Props Design: Chantele Fry
Props Design: Raylen Adriano
Costume Design: Nik McLaren & Anna Talbot
Costume Design Assistant: Arianna Brewer
Music Mentor/Singer/Songwriter: Sophie Labrie
Writing Mentors: Lauren Preissl & Latisha Wadhams
Music Mentors/Musicians: Stephen Fisk & Alison Jenkins
Musician: Hibiki Kojima-Graham
Script Consultants: Tina Biello; Allen Morrison, Susan Bertoia, Matt Clarke, Ljudmila Petrovic, Brogan Ho, & Sophie Labrie
Script Research: Cultch Youth Panel; Tupper Alt Program; SACY Crew at Vancouver Technical; Link Crew at Sir Chares Tupper; Pacific Community Resources Society (East Van Education Centre); & Red Fox Society
Script Collaborators: Amanda Cluney & Dylann Moore
Photographers: Flick Harrison & Gaetan Nerincx
Social Media Assistant: Brogan Ho
Set/Props Design Assistants: Joe Baker, Mitch Broome, Ciara Wilkinson, Carly Le, Skylar Walker, & Arianna Brewer
Roundhouse Head Technician: Neil Griffith
Technician: Ash Shotton
Camera/Film Facilitator/Editor: Flick Harrison
Camera: Sally Zori & Kryshan Randel

Community Partners, Sponsors, Funders:

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health, Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Vancouver School Board, Methotical Productions, Red Fox Society, Arts Club, Scene Ideas Inc., media sponsors The Georgia Straight, Stir Vancouver, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation, BC Arts Council, Ministry of Children & Family Development, Province of British Columbia, Canada Council for the Arts, Telus, CLICK Foundation, Hamber Foundations, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, and Private Donors.

Some Assembly Theatre Company and the Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group (RHYTAG) Project

The Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group consists of new and returning diverse youth who work in collaboration with professional artists on a new theatre creation project each year that addresses issues facing young people. Established in 2001, Valerie Methot as Roundhouse artist-in-residence developed the project and engaged in a process of youth outreach in and around the Roundhouse. With huge interest from youth community members, Valerie assembled Chandra Lesmeister and Jeremy Baxter to the team. The project led to the involvement of Ken Lawson, Allen Morrison, Anna Talbot and several guest artists and the development of Some Assembly Theatre Company, a charitable not-for-profit. Some Assembly is now in its 20th year of collaboratively creating and producing original plays that promote awareness, wellness, prevention and dialogue about issues facing youth. Some Assembly received the City of Vancouver Youth Award for outstanding contribution to the youth community. The company was recently honoured with the Deryck Thomson Award for exceptional contribution to community building and wellbeing.  

Artist Biography

As a director, playwright, designer and visual artist, Valerie Methot is dedicated to the creation of original collaborative theatre projects and providing opportunities for youth expression through the development of new works. Valerie created the Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group (RHYTAG) project in 2001 based on her artistic methodology she developed for her MFA thesis project at UBC in 1997. As creator and director of Treated with Tango, she used theatre as an artistic tool to process trauma, to honour her friend who used tango to fight for his life and died of AIDS. This profound experience was the seed to the development of Some Assembly Theatre Company to which she is artistic/executive director/producer, founder and director of 31 plays she created, produced and presented with diverse youth and artists. Valerie is writer/director of Treated with Tango, EXPOSE, Marbles and Take a Breath. She is director, dramaturg and producer of Nicholas Harrison’s How Star Wars Saved My Life, a play that promotes prevention of child abuse, based on a true story from an adult survivor of sexual abuse at a Catholic School. Valerie was nominated for Canada’s Siminovitch theatre directing award and the Mayor’s Arts Award. Her plays, paintings and installations have been seen nationally and internationally. Valerie achieved a BFA in painting and drawing from Concordia and an MFA in theatre directing from UBC. www.someassembly.ca

Previous Shows

Uprooted (2020)

Three friends on an annual camping trip must suddenly face a threat to the BC forest they love. Youth take a stand for future generations and protect what they view as sacred.

Rewire (2019)

On the night of a symbolic lunar eclipse and major video game event, a group of youth come together to bravely tackle root causes of stress including poverty, grief, and sexual assault.

The Release Party (2018)

A celebration of youth expression in a pursuit to manage struggles with mental health, bullying, and suicide prevention.

Home (2017)

A powerful vision of hope from local diverse youth in the search for a healthy home, both within oneself and one’s community.

Missing from Me (2016)

In an unexpected twist, eleven travellers at a train station must adapt to a sudden change in their plans. Confronted with life-altering decisions they end up discovering true inner strength and what family means to them.

Webs We Weave (2015)

A dizzying merry-go-round of challenges we all face in our relationships.

Dream Catchers (2014)

In a countdown to graduation, nine teenagers struggle to catch their dreams as they are faced with the daunting questions of who they are and what comes after high school.

Sticks & Scones (2013)

Issues of bullying and how it not only involves the victim and predator, but also the entire community.

Cleverly Painted Rocks (2012)

A play about life, love and depression.

Keep the Change (2011)

An audition for a new reality show results in an interweaving of youth experiences with loss, rejection, abuse and life changing decisions.

Death and Scrambled Eggs (2010)

Opening with a house party, consequences are revealed following an experience with the drug Ecstasy.

Not a Fairy Tale (2009)

Meet Dr. Exigo, seller of dreams and seven girls in search of answers…plus a unicorn and a troll and oh yeah, a centaur.

Tic Talk (2009)

An exploration of the anxieties surrounding issues of bullying, gang involvement, drugs and computer game addiction.

Anybody (2008)

An exploration of the choices we make, the consequences, and how one decision could change everything.

Face Value (2008)

A play about identity and secrets.

 

Take A Breath (2004, 2007)

A community theatre happening passionately performed through dance, music, action, spoken word and raw artistry with a threaded focal point: ‘within our diversity, we share breath’.

Mirror Mirror (2006, 2007)

A play about life with depression

Synchronicity (2006)

A symbolic journey into the subconscious.

Consumed (2005)

An absurd comedy about trends and the roles we play.

COPE (2004)

Coping with life in a juvenile detention centre.

I Barely Know You (2004)

A crazed thriller in a Yaletown office building.

Express (2004)

A theatrical performance about life on meth.

Hotel de Ville (2003)

An interactive maze of a frightening hotel.

Way Out (2002)

An inside look at teen lives and struggles.