CGAS RISER Found Festival




Venue: Backstage Theatre at the Fringe Theatre Arts Barns (10330 84 Avenue NW)
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes (incl. intermission)

Hundreds of feet below the ocean floor, in the dark, in the damp, the men of the deeps mine for coal. Down below, they’re forced to crawl – but on the surface, they’ll resist, and rise again. Based on an unbelievable true story, MINE shares the struggle of the revolutionary Cape Breton coal mining communities at the turn of the twentieth century.

MINE will be presented as a work-in-process staged reading on Saturday, March 4 at 2:00pm and Sunday, March 5 at 7:30pm. All proceeds from Offer What You Will tickets go to support the future development of this work.

Reading on March 4 will feature ASL interpretation from Robyn Lavender, Andrea Konowalec, Diane DeAndrade, and Gail Benin.

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Watch for details about MINE in ASL presented by Thurga Kanagasekarampillai.

MINE is definitely my most ambitious project to date, and I’m so grateful to RISER for the opportunity to develop it further. To be able to reconnect with my hometown and this part of its history, to share this story with people thousands of kilometres and a century away from where and when it happened – it’s an honour and a gift.”
-Ashleigh Hicks


Written by Ashleigh Hicks
Directed by Andrew Ritchie
Dramaturgy by Evan Medd

Stage Manager: Andrea Murphy
Set/Costume/Props Design: Rebecca Cypher
Sound Design: Zac Strom
Lighting Design: Rory Turner

Featuring Patrick Lundeen, Kristen Padayas, Geoffrey Simon Brown, Sarah Emslie, Alexander Ariate, Marguerite Lawler, and Priya Narine.

Developed with support from the Major Matt Mason Collective, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Edmonton Arts Council.

This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.