(photo by Sam Heath)
Gold Mountain: flat storytelling with visual punch
Liverpool and Montreal collaboration finally comes home
by Sarah Deshaies
Gold Mountain weaves a tale that many are familiar with: trying to understand a parent’s past in their home country, to rewrite chapters of a book one has not witnessed.
Bonus: it’s at Théâtre aux Écuries in immigrant-heavy Villeray, making it all the more meaningful.For playwright David Yip, this story mirrors home; it’s the product of a suggestion that he try to write about his own emigrant father, who settled in Liverpool after years at sea. Over three months, he recorded conversations with his ailing father, then filed them away for 20 years. Colleagues at Unity Theatre in Liverpool persuaded him to reopen them long after his father’s death and compose a play.
What he realized, and what we will as well, is that it’s easy to condemn actions, but better to simply understand them. This is what Yip, and his stand-in Yee, come to conclude over the course of this show.
Running time: 75 minutes.