Time Waits For No One: A Prison Play
“It’s a testament to the power of theatre to change lives.”
- Globe and Mail
Opening October 10, 2014 in Victoria, BC
A heartfelt new show created by the men of William Head Prison, inspired by reading the novel The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, the author of the number one New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie.
Twenty men incarcerated at William Head Prison are working with Victoria’s theatre makers and musicians to create an all new play, a heartfelt contemporary fable about one man’s life and the people he has affected along the way. If you could travel back in time, what advice might you give your younger self? Do you think it would have changed anything?
Time Waits for No One centers around the character of Eddie, an everyman's man, as he is coming to terms with what he has given and taken from people in his life, and the ripple effects created by his actions. At the end of his life Eddie returns to the amusement park he explored as a kid, where he is drawn into a magical carousal ride that takes him back in time to revisit different stages of his life. From awkward teenage love to trouble with his foster family and his time spent in prison, Eddie is catapulted through his life guided by the spirits of five animals: the Raven, Horse, Raccoon, Buck, and Hummingbird. Eddie’s experiences are inspired by true stories from the incarcerated men's lives.
THE COMPANY - William Head on Stage (W.H.o.S.)
William Head on Stage (or WHoS) is the only inmate-run prison theatre company in all of Canada that invites the public into the prison to experience their shows.
Public audiences are invited through prison security and into the prison gymnasium theatre, which has been transformed into an immersive amusement park with carnival games designed and built by the inmates. An inmate usher rips your ticket as you grab a bag of free popcorn and a coffee and sit down to enjoy the play, featuring an original live soundtrack written and performed by Katrina Kadoski and the inmate band.
Created, designed and built by inmates from William Head on Stage and The Prison Arts Collective (Anne Cirillo, Kathleen Greenfield, Ingrid Hansen, Katrina Kadoski, Carole Klemm, Poe Limkul, Jeni Luther, and Kate Rubin.)
“What a life-changing process. I feel a real sense of hope for these men, knowing that this WHoS production was a part of their preparation to re-enter society. I hope they emerge changed, strengthened and opened by this experience.”
“For me, theatre is an excellent vehicle for self-discovery, and the processing of unresolved childhood issues. . . [performing this role in the play] has allowed me to access the dark aspects that created the need for me to come to prison in the first place.” - WHoS Inmate M.K.
October 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30, 31
November 1, 6, 7, 8, 2014
VENUE - William Head Institution - 6000 William Head Rd
A Minimum Security Prison, a 35 minute drive from downtown Victoria
TICKETS - $20
Buy Tickets Online Here
or by Phoning 250-590-6291
or In-Person at Ticket Rocket (inside Intrepid Theatre Office at #2 – 1609 Blanshard St. at Fisgard, Victoria)
- OR - at MyChosen Café (4492 Happy Valley Rd, Metchosin)
ALL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE,
None are for sale at the prison gates.
6:15pm - Gate Opens
7:15pm - Gate Closes (absolutely no latecomers)
7:30pm - Show Begins
· WHoS is located inside a Federal Institution. Must be 19+
· You may be electronically scanned
· Personal belongings (purses, wallets, cell phones, money, etc.)
are forbidden and must be left in your car.
· No smoking materials are permitted
“One of the best performances I have seen on stage… clever, sweet, adorable, sad, and unexpected all at once. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. For me, music is a big part of a performance, and Katrina Kadoski’s compositions for this show complemented everything that was happening onstage perfectly. It took terrific heart and courage for these men to get up onstage, do something new, and share a piece of themselves with the audience…I daresay that this production best embodies everything I feel that theatre can do for people: give them courage, let them reveal a bit about themselves, and help them discover new talents and abilities. I would go again in a heartbeat, and I’m truly sorry I have waited so long to see one of the performances on the WHoS stage.” - by Morgan McPherson, from The Charlebois Post Review of the WHoS 2013 Prison Puppet Project
“Performed with gusto and with visually impressive stage direction, the inmates of William Head made me a believer. Go for the adventure; stay for the show.” – Grant Mackenzie, 2011 Monday Magazine Review of the WHoS play Gormenghast