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Douglas College production of Blackout runs Nov. 10-18

A Glasgow boy charged with a serious crime – and his experience with bullying and discrimination – is at the centre of Douglas College’s latest play.

Presented by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology, Blackout, by Davey Anderson, is based on the true story of a 15 year old named James, and the socioeconomic factors that lead him to commit a crime. Douglas College’s production is the Canadian premiere of the award-winning play.

“The main theme in this play is bullying and the life-shattering events that result,” director Deborah Neville said. “I think it will resonate with a lot of people – there was no one in our cast or crew who hadn’t been touched by bullying.”

Blackout unfolds in the form of memories, as James wakes up in a prison cell and struggles to recall how he ended up in jail. The story, which was told to Anderson by the young boy who inspired the play, shines a spotlight on numerous social issues including alcoholism, poverty, crime, racism, sexism and bullying.

“Theatre brings these issues to life and allows people to put those topics under a microscope to analyze,” Neville said. “We can all call to mind some local stories of bullying that have led to great tragedy, including Amanda Todd, who took her own life after being bullied.  

“We are joined by the Amanda Todd Legacy Society in our dedication of this play to Amanda, and others like her, who have suffered or are suffering under the pain of bullying. We hope our production will bring awareness and an opportunity for discussion on this important issue.” 

The cast of the Douglas College theatre students includes: Colin Amor (from Delta); Hilani Baybay (Vancouver); Lexie Butler (Vancouver); Ashley Chodat (Surrey); Nick James (Salt Spring Island); Christian Krushel (Saskatoon); Kate Rytter (Delta); and Gil Tongol (Surrey).

Blackout runs Nov. 10-18 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre at the Douglas College New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave.

Tickets ($20 for general admission; $10 for students and seniors) can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at blackoutatdouglas.brownpapertickets.com.



Krista Eide, Arts Event Officer

604 527 5723