Porte Parole Productions
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.
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.
In this sprawling political story – but also Annabel Soutar’s most personal documentary to date – a Montreal theatre artist leads her own family on a cross-country journey, investigating the forces that are shaping the future of our natural resources. Encountering leading freshwater scientists, government officials, activists and business leaders along the way, The Watershed captures Canada in a moment of acute political reflection in an increasingly polarized landscape.
Seeds asks all the right questions, and lets the audience decide. This is an important story, told well. See it.
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
It’s a sprawling, ambitious, revealing, challenging production that also happens to be blissfully hilarious and entertaining as well. And that’s largely because Soutar throws herself and her family into the story, making it dramatic and funny instead of just an exchange of expert talking heads on different sides of the issue.
Martin Knelman, Toronto Star
… a very entertaining play, emotionally and intellectually, that both criticizes and defends everyone involved.
Carly Maga, Torontoist
Documentary style play about our country’s water makes a thrilling theatrical splash at Panamania.
Glenn Sumi, Now Toronto