Foreign Radical [2015]



FOREIGN RADICAL invites 30 participants into an intriguing theatrical game that explores security, profiling, freedom of expression, and privacy in the age of cybersurveillance. Mobile throughout the performance, the participants collaborate, compete, investigate, debate, and spy on each other.

The Foreign Radical set is divided into four quadrants where participants, depending on personal and group responses to various questions posed by the game’s ‘host’, witness different perspectives on the action. They are at times divided into groups or left all alone to gather evidence from dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and how they play the game.

A recipient of a Jessie Award for Critics’ Choice Innovation, Foreign Radical is an interactive, multimedia experience with multilingual elements in Farsi and Arabic. Each performance is unique in that the audience dynamic influences the outcome.

Direction by Jeremy Waller & Tim Carlson
Script by Tim Carlson
Performed by Milton Lim & Aryo Khakpour
Sound & Music by David Mesiha
Video by Cande Andrade
Lighting design by Mark Eugster
Scenography by Kyla Gardiner
Dramaturgy by Kathleen Flaherty (Playwright's Theatre Centre)
Early dramaturgy by Bruce Barton (Centre for Drama, University of Toronto)
Stage Management by Florence Barrett

Foreign Radical was co-created by Tim Carlson, Jeremy Waller, David Mesiha, Kathleen Flaherty, Milton Lim, Aryo Khakpour, Florence Barrett and Cande Andrade. It was developed with the assistance of Playwrights Theatre Centre, The Cultch and Banff Centre, and premiered at The Cultch in 2015.

✯✯✯✯✯     It’s a show that gets under your skin. — The Scotsman

✯✯✯✯       Theatre Conspiracy has created a boundary-pushing new work in Foreign Radical. — The Skinny
✯✯✯✯       This is a clever, provocative show.  ... Foreign Radical is urgent, timely and necessary. — The List

✯✯✯✯       Relevant, provocative and disturbing. — Broadway World

✯✯✯✯       This thrilling interactive experience sticks close the soul. — A Younger Theatre
✯✯✯✯       An imaginative and entertaining piece of interactive theatre that raises serious questions without lecturing the audience. — The Reviews Hub

TOURING ENQUIRIES: Michael Rubenfeld at Selfconcious Productions


  • High Performance Rodeo                                                              Calgary, Canada                            January 17-21, 2018
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK premiere)                                       Edinburgh, Scotland                      August 2nd - 27th, 2017
  • Carrefour international de théâtre festival                                     Quebec City, Canada                     June 9th & 10th, 2017
  • Studio 1398                                                                                   Vancouver, Canada                        February 7th - 11th, 2017    
  • Shadbolt Centre for the Arts                                                         Burnaby, Canada                           July 14th - 16th, 2016         
  • The Cultch (world premiere)                                                          Vancouver, Canada                        April 7th - 25th, 2015                   
  • Banff Centre of the Arts (interdisciplinary residency)                    Banff, Canada                                February 22nd - March 2nd, 2015   
  • Your Kontinent Film and Media Arts Festival (in-process)            Richmond, Canada                        July 22nd - 26th, 2014          
  • University of Toronto (in-process)                                                 Toronto, Canada                            May 24th - June 3rd, 2014          
  • Black Plastic (in-process)                                                              Vancouver, Canada                       December 20th - 21st, 2013                                          

More information on Theatre Conspiracy's website.

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Province of B.C., City of Vancouver Cultural Services, The Hamber Foundation, The Cultch, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver Foundation, University of Toronto Centre for Drama. Theatre and Performance Studies and The Banff Centre. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.