Ghost River Theatre
Available for the 2020/2021 Season
Created by David van Belle and Eric Rose
Theatre lovers, The Princess Bride fans, and wrestling aficionados - gather ringside to explore the life of professional wrestler and beloved celebrity André the Giant and experience the spectacle and raw physicality of a wrestling match. With captivating imagery, animated objects, and creative use of scale, GIANT is a boisterous alternative to the traditional biopic. The show tracks André’s discovery in France, his days at the Montréal Forum, and his rise to stardom in the World Wrestling Federation. It also examines his struggles with gigantism and otherness. A female cast provides indispensable lenses for interrogating the hyper-masculine world of professional wrestling. Shifting the narrational perspective to André’s daughter, GIANT ultimately captures a multiplex view of his extraordinary life. Recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter grant.
Premiered March 2019 at The Festival of Animated Objects, at the Grand Theatre, Calgary . Nominated for 8 Betty Mitchell 2019 Theatre Awards (Calgary).
Recommended for thrust stages, configurable black boxes, arenas
90 minutes, no intermission | Touring company: 5 actors and 5 crew
Rider available upon request | Available 2020-21
Co-Creators / Playwrights: David van Belle and Eric Rose
Director: Eric Rose
Stage Manager: Sara Turner
Puppet / Set Designer: Robert Leveroos
Sound / Lighting Designer: Anton deGroot
Costume Designer: Patrick Du Wors
Technical Director: Mark Eugster
Associate Technical Director: Kathryn Smith
Acting Ensemble: Jamie Tognazzini, Geneviève Paré, Jamie Konchak, Makambe Simamba, Morgan Yamada
Photos by Tim Nguyen / Citrus Photography
Ghost River Theatre acknowledges the support of The Festival of Animated Objects in the creation of this production.
Recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter grant: