PREMIÈRING MARCH 2019   CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.    “The body of the wrestler, like a seed, contains the whole fight.”  - ROLAND BARTHES: From “The World of Wrestling” (1957)  From the minds behind  The Highest Step in the World ,  Tomorrow’s Child  and  The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst  comes a new show of epic proportions.  GIANT  is the amazing story of professional wrestler André the Giant, one of the most recognizable and beloved public figures ever, told from the perspective of the one person he left behind.  Packed with captivating imagery, animated objects, and the raw spectacle of a wrestling match,  GIANT  unfolds as a boisterous alternative to the traditional bio-pic. A cast of five women tells the story with a raucous high theatricality that bodyslams professional wrestling’s hyper-masculine culture. Ghost River’s trademark collaborative approach to theatre means that design, direction, script and performance all work together to stage an unstageable protagonist (7’4” and 520 pounds!), using the language of theatrical scale to express the extraordinary life of a person of extraordinary size.   GIANT  makes full use of the inherent theatricality of professional wrestling, bringing an audience ringside while they simultaneously discover the details of André’s giant-sized life. The show traces his discovery in France by Québécois promoter Frank Valois, his early days at the Montréal Forum and his rise to superstardom in the coke-and-cable-tv-fuelled early days of the World Wrestling Federation. It also examines his struggles with acromegaly—a form of gigantism that made him a spectacle, destroyed his body, and drove him to alcoholism and an early death.  Created in a city with deep roots in the culture of professional wrestling,  GIANT  is a show designed to engage both wrestling aficionados and those who knew him only as the beloved giant Fezzik in Rob Reiner’s classic film,  The Princess Bride .  Oh, and there’s also the true story of him being driven to school as a boy by Samuel Beckett.  Proud recipient of the New Chapter grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.  Premiering in Calgary at the Grand Theatre as part of the Festival of Animated Objects March 12-24th, 2019.  CREDITS  Co-Creators / Playwrights: David van Belle and Eric Rose  Director: Eric Rose  Stage Manager: Sara Turner  Assistant Stage Manager: Meredith Johnson  Dramaturg: Vicki Stroich  Puppet / Set Designer: Robert Leveroos  Sound / Lighting Designer: Anton deGroot  Costume Designer: Patrick Du Wors  Fight Director / Wrestling Choreographer: Brianna Johnston  Puppet Consultant / Coach: Peter Balkwill  Apprentice Director: Lindsey Zess-Funk  Production Manager and Technical Director: Marc Lavallee  Puppet Builder: Stephanie Elgersma  Puppet Builder: Juanita Dawn  70’s Strut Choreographer: Deanne Walsh    Acting Ensemble:   Jamie Tognazzini  Geneviève Paré  Jamie Konchak  Makambe Simamba  Morgan Yamada    Additional Credits for the May 2018 Workshop:   Production Manager and Technical Director: Thomas Geddes  Stage Manager: Beth Grieve  Assistant Stage Manager: Michael Luong  Lighting Programmer / Operator / Crew: Patrick Fitzsimmons  GRT Artistic Intern / Graphic Design: Savanna Harvey  Puppet Builder Intern: Andy Brown  Workshop Photo’s by Tim Nguyen / Citrus Photography  Special Thanks to the Calgary Boxing Club
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