Organization profile published 1986
Year Published: 1986
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX3094
Abstract: MIXED COMPANY, Theatre for Social Responsibility is a co-operative of theatre and music professionals founded in 1983. The company rose from the ashes of Toronto's Open Circle, another social oriented theatre, and has performed in community centres, parks, auditoriums, and other unusual performing spaces. "Life on the Line" was a popular touring 'new-wave musical' in 1984.
Mixed Company forged ties with community and labour organizations which resulted in endorsement by the Labour Council of Toronto, the Canadian Disarmament Information Service and the Canadian Labour Congress. They have performed free for Toronto's unemployed. The company is a member of the Labour, Arts and Media Working Group.
The current repertoire includes three timely plays: Bad Apples looks at a school day in the life of six students who have been streamed to a low-level class; Trash examines media "trash", how we can out-manoeuvre the manipulators of the media and reclaim for our own uses the language and concepts stolen by mass advertising. The Department is a musical by Barbara Garson about techological change and bank staff.
Membership in the company is $25 which includes two complimentary tickets to each show.
MIXED COMPANY includes musican Allen Booth, director Simon Malbogat, and actor Nancy Hindmarsh.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1986.