History & Approach
The members of Ring O' Rosie met in Halifax where we were studying theatre and philosophy at the University of King's College and Dalhousie University. The city of Halifax nurtured in us a strong appreciation for the art of the make-shift theatre venue such as old churches, the basements of theatres, kitchens, living rooms, and city squares. These venues were not primarily artistically informed site-specific choices, but rather chosen out of necessity; we needed to make theatre, and these spaces were affordable. Consequently, a practice of resourcefulness and economy became an inspirational guideline for Ring O' Rosie. We became adept at observing our circumstances, seeing what and who was available, and trying to make the best thing we could with those people, spaces and materials.
Ring O' Rosie makes theatre that:
is visceral; that makes people feel stories not only emotionally or intellectually but physically and sensually; a creation process that replaces the initial question what is this about? with what is this doing?
incorporates the audience as a vital theatrical element
is built from found objects and site-specific environments
is intimate, performed for small audiences in small spaces
is created through the work of a collaborative ensemble.