UPROOTED Screening and Youth Panel Discussion on Climate Change

Wednesday January 20, 2021

Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group meets with writer/director Valerie Methot and biologist and climate change activist Lynne Quarmby.
Some Assembly Theatre Company and the Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group (RHYTAG) share their online video Uprooted. Stemming from over 100 conversations with youth who are anxious about climate change, Uprooted reveals youth concerns, perspectives, and ideas for climate action. Originally intended as a live theatre performance in May 2020, local youth worked through the spring and summer with professional artists to re-create their work as a digitally adapted theatre production. These young artists and playwright/director Valerie Methot join in conversation with SFU biologist Lynne Quarmby author of Watermelon Snow, a personal tale of adventure in the high Arctic aboard a schooner occupied by artists, in which she explains the science that convinced her of an urgent need to act on climate change.

UPROOTED can also be viewed in advance from Some Assembly’s website someassembly.ca

More about Lynne Quarmby and her book Watermelon Snow quarmby.ca/book

A presentation by Some Assembly Theatre Company and the Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group (RHYTAG) with Vancouver Park Board and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.s

Credits for Uprooted:

Playwright/Director/Set Design/Sound Design: Valerie Methot

Youth Writers/Actors: Haley Christenson, Rylan Adriano, Fox Hunt, Charles Campbell, Ben Gauthier, Mitch Broome, Ron MacGillivray, Ciara Wilkinson, John Aung & Veronica Johns

Community Partners, Sponsors, Funders:

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Ministry of Children and Family Development, City of Vancouver, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, Vancouver Foundation, Hamber Foundation, Metro Vancouver, Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Boxmaster, Methotical Productions, Sparc BC and the Deryck Thomson Award, San Diego Foundation, Scene Ideas, Panago, WAVAW, Vancouver School Board, private donors and media sponsor The Georgia Straight.

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, several guest artists and the development of Some Assembly Theatre Company, a charitable not-for-profit. Some Assembly is now in its 18th 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 Methot created the RHYTAG project in 2001 based on her MFA thesis project at UBC, as creator and director of ‘Treated with Tango’. Using theatre as an artistic tool to process trauma, Valerie developed the play based on her personal story with her friend dying of AIDS. In honour of John Saint Louis, who used tango to fight for his life, the moving experience led her to continue to use the power of art to raise awareness to issues facing youth and to promote positive social change. She is in her 18th year as the project’s artistic/project director, playwright, director, set/sound designer, and has produced twenty-nine collaborative theatre creations with many youth from all over Metro Vancouver. Valerie was nominated for Canada’s Siminovitch theatre directing award and is director/writer of several plays including: Treated with TangoEXPOSEGetting the TrendiesMarbles and Take a Breath. She achieved her BFA from Concordia University and MFA in theatre directing from UBC. Valerie is artistic/executive director/producer of Some Assembly. www.someassembly.ca

Previous Shows

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)

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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)

An 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)

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I Barely Know You (2004)

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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.