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Here We Are

  • Erin Shields
  • Mar 15 - Jul 15, 2021
  • FREE
  • 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Streetcar Crowsnest
  • Details

    One year ago, we closed our doors to audiences. 

    To mark the one year anniversary we wanted to share a piece of art with you.  

    You can read "Here we are" while you listen to the audio recording read by Erin, with music by Thomas Ryder Payne. We recommend clicking play on the audio file, opening the book in full screen mode, and reading along.

    A Message From Erin

    "Here we are" is a piece I have been writing throughout this past year. It was not a commission, nor did I have a theatre or audience in mind as I wrote. It was more like an unstoppable outpouring of words and thoughts and emotions to try to make sense of the upheaval of the world as we knew it. "Here we are" is an expression of pain and longing. It is an act of empathy. It is a search for community in a time of profound isolation and division. There is something intrinsically flawed about this text which aspires to dissolve boundaries between individuals and expose the interconnective tissue between us all. But that’s okay, I think. This text is as much about failure as it is about success; about the journey rather than the destination, and besides, this is only my third draft. I considered printing a hundred copies and snail-mailing it to a hundred friends and colleagues I’ve missed over this past year. But there are more than a hundred. And there are so many people I still haven’t met. So ... on the anniversary of the great lockdown, I share with you: "Here we are."

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    Performed by: Erin Shields
    Duration: 1hour 25 minutes
  • The Team


    • Erin Shields


    • Erin Shields - Writer
    • Thomas Ryder Payne - Composer
    • Alfred Mulroy - Book Design