Phantasmagoria Collective

Phantasmagoria Collective is an ad-hoc group which unites impassioned Toronto theatre-makers to bring to life the Canadian première of Philip Ridley's 'unmissable' play, "Tender Napalm."

Phantasmagoria Collective

Toronto , ON
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phantasmagoria, n. /ˌfantazməˈɡɔːrɪə/ a rapidly transforming series of imaginary and fantastic forms, such as may be experienced in a dream or fevered state, or evoked by literary description Phantasmagoria Collective is: Kyle Purcell - Actor/Producer Amelia Sargisson - Actor/Producer Cynthia Ashperger - Director Brittney Francis - Assistant Director David Mesiha - Composer/Sound Designer MariuXi Zambrano - Set and Costume Designer Simon Rossiter - Lighting Designer Chloe Purcell - Graphic Designer Sonia Vaillant - Stage Manager Kyle and Amelia founded Phantasmagoria Collective in July 2012, and approached Cynthia shortly thereafter. They were thrilled when she agreed to direct them in "Tender Napalm," and recruited the rest of the collective members in the Spring of 2013, after they learned they had been accepted into the SummerWorks Theatre Festival. "Tender Napalm" will première August 8th and run until the 18th at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. Check this page regularly for updates on our upcoming production!

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Reflections on the 'Tender Napalm' journey, now that the dust has settled and we've all had a few good nights' sleep: The opportunity to do 'Tender Napalm' at SummerWorks was truly a dream come true for us, and we're so grateful to the Festival jurors and administrators for supporting this venture. The actual experience of bringing this play to life and sharing it with the Festival audience surpassed even our wildest expectations. We were overwhelmed and humbled both by the depth of collaboration and commitment from our team, and by the turnout and response we received from our audiences. We're deeply grateful to all those who came to see the show and who spoke with us or wrote to us afterwards about their experience seeing it. We learned so much, we had so much fun, and we're so thankful to each and every person who entered into this communion with us - some from afar, and many within the hallowed walls of the TPM Backspace. We're sad to say goodbye to this beautiful and haunting play, but we're excited to apply everything we've learned from this challenging and enriching experience to our future endeavours. Thank you, SummerWorks, for this incredible opportunity; thank you, fellow members of the Phantasmagoria Collective, for bringing this production to life through your ridiculously abundant talent, passion, and generosity; and thank you to our families, friends, supporters, and patrons who made this experience so memorable.