Chilliwack, BC – “A powerful, brilliant piece of theatre that is both intellectual and emotional.”
A dramatic and thought-provoking depiction of one Canadian farmer’s battle with corporate greed, SEEDS documents the story of Percy Schmeiser, the Saskatchewan man that took on Monsanto in one of the most controversial legal cases in recent memory.
Based on trial transcripts and interviews with farmers, academics, and scientists, SEEDS is a thrilling and stirring exploration of the facts and events that are at the centre of the debate about modern agriculture, GMO concerns, and the clashes between independent farmers and the biotech industry.
Shedding light on the individuals at the heart of these issues, SEEDS merges crucial topics of our time with dramatic storytelling in an award-winning production that boldly and importantly confronts Schmeiser’s question of ‘who owns life?’
Seeds was written by Anabel Soutar and stars Eric Peterson, best known for Corner Gas and Billy Bishop Goes To War.
Soutar, from Montreal, has family in the Fraser Valley and is looking forward to the Valley premiere of this thought provoking docu-theatre piece. While one thinks of documentaries as film based, Soutar was introduced to this style of story telling many years ago. The first performance of this was in Montreal in 2005. It has gone on the road a few times since and it’s possible that the road show may head to the US later in 2016.
Soutar told FVN that she was striving for balance in the production, which is why the farmers side of the story AS WELL AS Monsanto’s side are presented. That has raised the ire of those against GMO’s, but it makes for discussion, which is the ultimate aim of any documentary.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has seen the show as has senior staff from Monsanto’s HQ in Winnpieg.
Soutar says she does not know how many other politicans have filled a seat while the show has been on the road, including the NAC -National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
One performance only – January 26, 2016 at 7:30pm in the HUB International Theatre at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.