7eventy 7even

A new play by Charles Tidler

FEBRUARY 12 – 24, 2019

Produced by Theatre SKAM
Directed by Pamela Bethel
Featuring hands-on sculptures by Monkey C Interactive

SKAM Satellite Studio
849 Fort Street

7eventy 7even was a night of overheard conversations and interactive art installations, featuring the world premiere of Charles Tidler’s new play. This night launched SKAM Satellite Studio, our new, downtown, store-front creation space at 849 Fort Street, with this engaging site-specific event!

“Run, don’t walk to see a new play by Charles Tidler.”
– Times Colonist



7eventy 7even is 77 found micro dramas from the streets, squares and markets of Victoria BC brought to life by nine professional actors. A mosaic of overheard and invented words, lines and conversations, 7eventy 7even works like a ‘cledon,’ an ancient form of divination where the answers to private dilemmas may be found by public chance.

You may hear a conversation you had a year ago – who knows?

And hey, 7eventy 7even is short – like maybe a half hour – so we teamed up with our friends at Monkey C Interactive to turn the night into an event. Our mini labyrinth lobby was alive with art – mash-up analog-digital pieces you can manipulate. The lobby was part speak easy, part social hive.


Charles Tidler is a playwright, novelist and poet. Born in Ohio, he grew up in Tipton, Indiana, and earned a B.A. from Purdue, studying literature and philosophy. A Vietnam War draft resister, Charles became a Canadian citizen on the 4th of July, 1976. His writing has won many honours and awards. His most recent work is the novella Useless Things [Redacted], published by Ekstasis Editions in 2016. He lives in Victoria, B.C., and is the father of two sons.

“[F]unny enough to bring tears. The man has a gift.”
– Globe & Mail

“There’s ceaseless energy in Tidler’s writing.”
– Malahat Review


Monkey C Interactive is the interactive work of artists David Parfit and Scott Amos. Whether it’s a strange and whimsical musical instrument like the Bubble Organ, a giant motion-responsive LED cube sculpture, a tech-house-looping mutant cash register, or a 5-story-tall musical stairwell, Monkey C Interactive’s public art installations and interactive sculptures have amused and delighted countless people in their hometown of Victoria, BC, and at numerous festivals and events.

Featuring the acting talents of Aisha Haq, Mark Hellman, Anders Jenstad-Fritz, Grace Le, Sarah Murphy, Monica Ogden, Kathryn Popham, David Radford, Carey Wass.

And the design talents of Rebekah Johnson, Aidan Dunsmuir, Delaney Tesch, Shayna Ward.

Ages 13+ (Coarse language and mature subject matter.)
Aprox 60min running time.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: This venue is wheelchair accessible and has all gender washrooms.

We acknowledge the financial support of CRD Arts, The BC Arts Council, The Province of BC, The Victoria Foundation and The Canada Council for the Arts.

Theatre SKAM is grateful to live and create on the Traditional Territories of the Lekwungen Peoples, now known as the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations.

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