A band of schoolgirls forms a sacrilegious storyteller's circle in the thick Northern Ontarian woods.
But what happens when stories go off their hinges?
We All Got Lost premiered at The Westdale on July 19th, 2019, running until July 28th as a part of the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival. The production picked up rave reviews and a slew of awards, including: Best of Fringe, Best of Venue, Winner of the 2019 Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest, Finalist in the 2019 Winnipeg Fringe New Play Contest, and View Magazine's Reviewer's Pick. The premiere cast and crew were as follows:
Festival footage by Ian Steinberg, captured at The Westdale and edited by Camille Intson
"There is masterful physical creation as the cast forms tableaux, set pieces, and various fantasy characters. There are too many beautiful ensemble moments and it is an absolutely captivating group performance. It was difficult to look away from the stage as you are afraid to miss a moment. I must also mention the intense and precise technical demands of this production are matched by the expert prowess of their stage manager, David Faulkner-Rundle."
- Steel City Girl Reviews
"There is certainly a lovely language and flow to the script that I imagine would be wonderful to read, and honestly it flows beautifully on stage. It also covers some subject material that needs a voice. There is much theatricality to this piece that essentially, quite works for the material. The cast is very good. The tech is very good... Is it the top show of this year's Fringe? ...It's up there."
- Luis Arrojo, Critic
"Winner of the Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest, this production has already elicited a lot of attention. It has a young local playwright (Camille Intson), and an all female ensemble cast. We All Got Lost is billed as a coming of age tale, and follows a group of Northern Ontario Catholic schoolgirls attempting to navigate, as best as they can, the rigors of school, adolescence, family, and identity. They turn to each other, and to the woods where they start spinning tales among the trees.
Play acting like girls, yet grappling with ever more mature and troubling issues, the act of their storytelling itself symbolizes the uneasy transitions they are each trying to make in their lives. At times ethereal and atmospheric, the production values, including lighting and sound, are excellent. Stage Manager David Faulkner-Rundle has done an exceptional job. The saying, ‘always leave them wanting more,’ may very well be true here. This story gives much to ponder after the actors have left the stage."
- Allison M. Jones, View Magazine (Reviewer's Pick)