Lives Were Around Me

Creator David McIntosh tells us why we need to experience

Lives Were Around Me

Conceived, created & hosted by: David McIntosh

Presented by: Battery Opera (link)

LIVES WERE AROUND ME- is back by popular demand after 40 sold-out shows in January and February of 2009, which also garnered rave reviews. The show also was nominated for the Critics Choice Innovation Award at the Jessies.

LIVES WERE AROUND ME- is an intimate, guided tour for an audience of three, a site-specific, roving theatre work that explores the notions of history and evidence in the context of the historic centre of Vancouver. -LIVES WERE AROUND ME- is David’s toast to this city, a libation of place and experience, utilizing the Coroner’s City Examination Room, performances by Adrienne Wong, Paul Ternes, Aleister Murphy, and the city itself.

Your drink is provided.

This production utilizes text from James Kelman’s novel Translated Accounts.

David McIntosh’s Artist Statement
Given the British Columbia Government’s decision to withdraw funding to the arts, I have decided: now is the time to experiment!

For the re-mounting of our show . -LIVES WERE AROUND ME- we will be reflecting the actual costs of the production in the box office price. Because it is a remount and brilliantly, does not require a theatre, we are able to offer tickets at a bargain price of only $267.67 (Two hundred and sixty-seven dollars and sixty-seven cents). The only way to reserve one of the three available spaces per show, is to buy such a ticket.

My intention is to provoke a discussion not merely about the monetary value of art, but more importantly, about the function of public funding for the arts. It is my belief that public funding subsidizes public access to the arts. As an artist, I will continue to make art, but without public funding, the public will not easily be able to access my art. It and I will go “underground”, or “overseas”. This may or may not concern you, but I think it’s time to talk about it because that’s what democracies do. Right?

If we sell every ticket, I’ll be thrilled. If you wish to see the show but can’t afford to pay the actual costs, I’d be happy for you attend by donation on a first come first serve basis. Just look for Akasuzi at the Alibi. She’ll take care of you. That’s one of many things art will do.

In conjunction with this much anticipated remount is the September launch of the LIVES WERE AROUND ME all-new interactive website called “Evidence”!  A photographer was brought on board to create 5 “exhibits” based on the audience feed back from the past shows…. you be able to pull examine and interact with the photographs and respond in your own way to the site.

A site-specific, roving theatre work that explores the notions of history and evidence in the context of the historic centre of Vancouver

The event begins at The Alibi Room (157 Alexander Street)

Departing hourly at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm & 10pm

Dates: Tuesday, November 17 & 24, December 1, 8, 15, 2009

Tickets: $267.67 (+ s/c)

*Or show up at the Alibi Room and by a first-come-first-serve ticket by donation

Tickets available at or 604.684.2787

* Due to the limited space available for each show, we encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance *


One Response

  1. […] Click here for full details on this production […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: