Black Theatre Workshop Launches 48th Season with Sound of the Beast (Oct 3 – 14)

Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) and MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) are proud to present the Montreal premiere of the Theatre Passe Muraille production of Sound of the Beast, written and performed by 2-time Governor General’s Literary Award nominee, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. The production will be presented at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), 3680 rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal, from October 3-14, 2018.

This is the brainchild of St. Bernard, who is in the midst of the audacious task of writing her 54ology, a series of plays of which each is inspired by one of the 54 countries of the African continent. Directed by Andy McKim and Jivesh Parasram, Sound of the Beast is a long-form narrative spoken word/hip-hop hybrid performance, inspired by Tunisian hip-hop emcee Weld-El 15, who was jailed for his song, Boulicia Kleb (The Police Are Dogs). From this impetus, Theatre Passe Muraille’s resident emcee St. Bernard digs down deep into “the need to speak” vs “the fear of hearing”.

“An unflinching work that examines the need for freedom of artistic expression not only in oppressively governed countries but also in our own. Donna-Michelle St. Bernard creates a vivid picture of the difficulties artists of colour have in creating their art whether it’s in Tunisia or Toronto.” – Slotkin Letter

BTW produced Gas Girls by St. Bernard in their 2014-15 season and are looking forward to co-presenting this tour de force in Montreal! In Sound of the Beast, Toronto emcee Belladonna shares stories of coming up in Toronto’s budding hip-hop scene, the intersections between conscious rap and political activism, and the sacrifices we make for the things we believe in. Part concert/part theatre the show blends the personal and the political, with a bold and brutally honest take on policing in Black communities. Performances from October 3–14, 2018 will include a relaxed performance on Saturday, October 6 at 3pm. View a trailer for Sound of the Beast here. Listen to the Sound of the Beast track “Who Dat” here. To learn more about Sound of the Beast, please visit or call 514-932-1104.

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