COMPANY HISTORY

- The Savage Society has produced several staged readings and studio performances of works in progress with support from the Canada Council the City of Vancouver and the BC arts Council.

- In 2008 we collaborated with Western Canada Theatre, The Playhouse Theatre Company, Luminato: Toronto Festival of Arts + Culture and Magnetic North Theatre Festival to develop and tour Kevin's new play Where the Blood Mixes. We work shopped the script and toured it throughout the BC interior including Kevin's hometown of Lytton BC where the play was set. We then presented it at the 2008 Luminato festival in Toronto and a week later in Vancouver at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival where it sold out the entire run. The play deals with issues surrounding the fallout of the residential School system and opened in Vancouver on the day of the historic apology in the House of Commons for the treatment if aboriginal children at the government run institutions. 

- The production received several Dora and Jessie Richardson award Nominations, winning Outstanding Original Script, Best Supporting Actress (large Theatre) and garnered Kevin Loring a Syndey J. Risk Prize for Outstanding Original Play by an Emerging Playwright. The play was subsequently published by Talon Books and won the 2009 Governor General Award for Literature

- We established a partnership with the Vancouver Playhouse and The Belfry Theatre to tour Where the Blood Mixes starting in January of 2010 as part of the cultural Olympiad. The tour starts in Victoria at the Belfry, then the Fire Hall Arts centre in Vancouver, Prairie Theatre exchange in Winnipeg, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and finally the Factory Theatre in Toronto.

- Summer 2010, Savage Society was commissioned by the Spence's Bridge First Nation to create, produce and present a new work to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Laurier Memorial, a petition to then Prime Minister Sir Wilfred Laurier, that was written by the Nlaka'pamux, Shuswap and Okanagan chiefs of the BC interior as an expression of their grievances in regards to colonization, native rights, sovereignty and their claim to the land. The Words of Our Chiefs was performed July 11 by four actors, at the unveiling of the Chief Chilhitsa Memorial Arbour on the site where the three nations met to write the petition to Laurier. It was later performed in Kamloops at the Secwepmc Pow Wow grounds on the 100th Anniversary of the meeting between the Allied Interior Tribes and the Prime Minister of Canada.

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