Where do I Start? is based on a powerful book of poetry written by a former Kingstonian, Roselyn Barclay, a former drug user who has beat the addiction and now manages a rough apartment building that houses the down and out of Vancouver’s east end. Caroline Baillie, Director (Copenhagen (Frayn), Skriker (Churchill)) was intrigued and moved to take up the challenge of staging what ‘were once emails sent to her father, demonstrating her strong connection to home after her journeys had taken her so far away in time and space’.
Critical Stage Co. addresses social issues in an honest straightforward manner and Where do I Start is no exception. Talia Acker brings to life Roselyn’s first person account of her personal triumph, compassion and no nonsense treatment of those caught in the web of drugs. The lines are raw, riveting, and filled with lasting images, some profoundly disturbing. Percy Adler, an accomplished local jazz guitarist, will perform originally created music while other actors stage vignettes. Also displayed will be the work of localartists many of whom have also had experience with the local drug culture.
Where do I start? was performed at the Artel Gallery, 205 Sydenham St. Kingston, Canada Nov 2006