Foreign Radical [2015-2019]

Edinburgh Fringe First award 2017

FOREIGN RADICAL invites 30 participants into an intriguing theatrical game that explores security, profiling, freedom of expression, and privacy in the age of cybersurveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, the participants collaborate, compete, investigate, debate, and spy on each other.

The Foreign Radical set is divided into four play areas where participants, depending on personal and group responses to various questions posed by the game’s ‘host’, witness different perspectives on the action. They are at times divided into groups or left all alone to gather evidence from dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and how they play the game.

A recipient of a Jessie Award for Critics’ Choice Innovation, Foreign Radical is an interactive, multimedia experience with multilingual elements in English, Farsi and Arabic. Each performance is unique in that the audience dynamic influences the outcome.

Foreign Radical was co-created by Tim Carlson, Jeremy Waller, David Mesiha, Kathleen Flaherty, Milton Lim, Aryo Khakpour, Florence Barrett and Cande Andrade. It was developed with the assistance of Playwrights Theatre Centre, The Cultch and Banff Centre, and premiered at The Cultch in 2015.

Direction  Jeremy P. Waller* & Tim Carlson
Script  Tim Carlson
Performers  Mehdi Darvish* and Anjela Magpantay
Sound & Music  David Mesiha
Video  Cande Andrade
Lighting design  Kyla Gardiner
Dramaturgy   Kathleen Flaherty (Playwrights Theatre Centre)
Early dramaturgy  Bruce Barton (Centre for Drama, University of Toronto)
Costume Design for The Host   Sasha Schaepe
Associate Producer Jack Paterson

* The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.

✯✯✯✯✯     It’s a show that gets under your skin. — The Scotsman

✯✯✯✯       Theatre Conspiracy has created a boundary-pushing new work in Foreign Radical.The Skinny
✯✯✯✯       This is a clever, provocative show.  ... Foreign Radical is urgent, timely and necessary.The List

✯✯✯✯       Relevant, provocative and disturbing.Broadway World

✯✯✯✯       This thrilling interactive experience sticks close the soul.A Younger Theatre
✯✯✯✯       An imaginative and entertaining piece of interactive theatre that raises serious questions without lecturing the audience.The Reviews Hub

The line between security and tyranny has rarely been so stimulatingly debated. — The Guardian

Highly entertaining...and infinitely political. — VOIR, Quebec

Foreign Radical ... remains one of the most thought-provoking shows I have seen in a very long time. It works on multiple levels, with the most profound coming in the exploration of one’s own beliefs. — Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

Tim Carlson introduces Foreign RadicalThe Skinny


  • UK Tour Fall Sept. 17 - Oct 13, 2018

New Theatre Royal Portsmouth – StageHouse           Portsmouth, UK                                September 17-19, 2018
Heads Up Festival                                                                        Hull, UK                                            September 21-22, 2018
Paint the Town Festival                                                            Medway, UK                                     September 28-29, 2018
Arts Depot                                                                                   London, UK                                      October 8-10, 2018
Strike a Light Festival                                                               Gloucester, UK                                 October 12-13, 2018

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Province of B.C., City of Vancouver Cultural Services, The Hamber Foundation, The Cultch, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver Foundation, Hawthorn Foundation, University of Toronto Centre for Drama. Theatre and Performance Studies and The Banff Centre. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.