“The future is risky and possible.”
— Andrew Zealley, Disco Hospital
How do we come back? And what are we coming back to?
Over the past year and a half, a lot has changed at Buddies. And a lot continues to change. But I think that is fitting for a queer theatre – to be a space that is never quite settled. As we head into our 43rd season and cautiously reopen our doors, we embrace these notions of movement and transience to step into a future that remains unknown and unpredictable. And with this, we also embrace a sense of play, experimentation, and risk as we imagine an exciting new future for Buddies.
Our 2021/2022 season is an offering of both digital and in-person programming that foregrounds a year of reflection, learning, and imagining new possibilities for our theatre. New ideas, processes, and practices that have emerged from our learnings converge with our artistic programming and the artists who will reinvigorate our home at 12 Alexander Street with radical ideas and a refreshed curiosity. This year centres national conversations that interrogate notions of queer community and institution, deeper commitments to programs that reimagine how Buddies cultivates new queer stories, and stronger relationships with artists as they prepare to share their work and welcome communities back into the theatre.
While the year ahead holds many more questions than answers (and still requires navigating a pandemic), the opportunity to reconnect with our communities and dream of new paths forward is a thrilling experience I can’t wait for us to share together.
— Interim Programming Director Daniel Carter
Photo by Dylan Mitro
Graphic design by Lucinda Wallace
Season photography by Dylan Mitro, styling by Vanessa Magic, hair and makeup by Robert Weir.
*Being aware of ongoing COVID restrictions, dates and ticketing information will be released closer to the events.