Porte Parole Productions

Playwright Annabel Soutar talks about docutheatre and Porte Parole Production SEEDS.


Seeds is a dramatic re-enactment of the 4-year legal battle between Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser and one of the biggest biotech corporations, Monsanto Inc. While debates about GMOs are multiplying everywhere, life-changing experiments are being conducted in the food we eat…

Based on court trial transcripts, interviews with Percy Schmeiser, Monsanto representatives, and with farmers, academics, lawyers and scientists from all across Canada, Seeds leads us through a suspenseful labyrinth of legal conflicts around patent rights, scientific showdowns about GM food, and property clashes between farmers and the biotechnology industry. The answer to Schmeiser’s “who owns Life?” question will determine the future of our food system.

Photos, press kit and technical rider.

Action speaks louder than words - but there is no greater action than speaking artfully with one another.

At Porte Parole we restore dignity to human dialogue by insisting that it actively and artfully reflect diverse points of view. We do so by practicing a creative process called ‘documentary theatre’ whereby stage artists record current event stories from myriad perspectives and then mediate those perspectives for an audience through the performance of a play.

In today’s polarized world Porte Parole’s play-making is serious business. Since 2000, under the creative direction of playwright Annabel Soutar, the Company’s eight acclaimed productions have mobilized people from different ideological, cultural and professional backgrounds to reflect together on the most controversial issues of their time.



Press Highlights


Seeds asks all the right questions, and lets the audience decide. This is an important story, told well. See it.
Bloody Underrated
Eric Peterson, (…) doesn’t just play the part of Schmeiser, he lives it.
Pat Donnely, The Montreal Gazette
…there is no clear right or wrong in Seeds—just increasing, unresolvable complexity.
Patrick Kennedy, The Montreal Review
Eric Peterson is dream casting for Schmeiser, cranky and scrappy. …The whole is one of the most impressive docu-dramas I’ve seen.
Robert Cushman, National Post


Presentation of Porte Parole's doc-theatre workshop.