Written by Ellery Rose Lamm
Theatre SKAM lives, creates, and works on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, now known as the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. We pay our respects to the elders, past and present, for caring for this land and thank them for allowing us to carry out our work on their traditional territories.
“The Fates” follows three girls (Inez, Lottie, and Nell) before the start of a new school year. They each arrive separately to a party at a lake cabin, with their own desires for a fresh start. When the girls are drawn to a dock on the lake and all witness something slightly mystical, eerie and unexplainable, they begin to wonder if they have a real opportunity to each change one aspect of their pasts, and in turn alter their futures.
"Because if you zoom back and keep zooming, we are just three tiny specs on a dock on a lake, on an island, on the earth, in the universe. We are in flames and we’re drowning and falling and getting up and moving forward.”
Aisha Haq as Nell
Aisha [she/her] is 14 years old and has been doing theatre for 6 years. Aisha is super excited to be playing Nell in The Fates. She has worked with Theatre Skam in the past and was most recently in 7eventy 7eventy and Fashion Machine with them. She was recently in the Victoria fringe festival in Alice with Theatre Al Dente and has done many other shows with Four Seasons Musical Theatre, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Saint Luke’s players, Theatre SKAM and Theatre Al Dente. In her free time Aisha dances, Dyes her hair way too much and co coordinates a BIPOC art collective.
Maya Kara as Lottie
Maya [she/her] is 17 years old, about to start her grade 12 year at Esquimalt High School and is an aspiring young actor. She started acting when she was in grade 2 and has been inspired ever since. Her first interest was improv, immersing herself into a club in middle school and later in high school competing in the Canadian Improv games where she won first place two years in a row with her team in the Junior Tournaments. Maya has also taken part in her schools drama and musical theatre productions, playing the TinMan in grade 9 and getting one of the lead roles in her schools most recent production of the musical Theory of Relativity. Maya is thrilled to be taking part in another SYC show as last year she got the opportunity to play the character Asa in the SYC production of Backliners (also written by Ellery Lamm). Maya feels so grateful to have been given the role of Lottie and can’t wait for people to get to experience the show the way her and the cast have for the past month.
Ruby Dawn Wallace as Inez
Ruby [she/her] is 16 years old and going into grade 11 at Vic High. She has been acting for the past 12 years. This is her second time being a part of an SYC summer production at SKAM, having stage-managed last year’s SYC production of Backliners. She has also performed in SKAMpede multiple times, as well as The Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival. In 2018, Ruby assistant stage-managed SKAMs production of 7eventy 7even. In 2019 she acted in SNAFU’s production of Calling Home. At Vic High, she stage-manages the school musical and partakes in their senior drama class. Excited and honoured to play Inez, Ruby is inspired to do theatre by every great production she’s yet to see. She’d like to thank Dionysus, the Greek god of theatre for keeping this art form zesty for over 2,600 years.
Ellery Rose Lamm – Playwright
Ellery Lamm [she/her] has an MFA in Creative Writing from UVIC, and often writes plays about young adults including: The Fitting Room (Overall Best Show, Bravest Show at Victoria Fringe), Summer Bucket List (Best Original New Work, Best Drama at Victoria Fringe), and Backliners (SKAM Young Company, 2020). She also writes fiction and is in the process of adapting Backliners into a TV pilot. Ellery tries to write stories about young people that she wouldn’t have rolled her eyes at as a teen.
Anna Marie Anderson – Director
Anna Marie [she/her] is a UVIC Theatre Graduate. She is the director of Victoria Fringe Productions Summer Bucket List (2019 Best Original New Work, Best Drama) and The Fitting Room (2018 Overall Favourite Show, Bravest Show). She often works with plays that deal with themes such as social justice, coming of age and mental health. In all of her work, she aims to lift the voices of young adults and empower both the artists and the audience. She is thrilled to be working with SKAM and can’t wait to work with the imaginations of the artists involved with SKAMpede and SYC show in August.
Scott Joseph Mitchell – Assistant Director
Scott [he/him] is 16 years old and rolling into his graduating year at Reynolds Secondary School. He has acted with SKAM and other theatres for many years, but this is one of his first times stepping into the world of directing. Last year Scott participated in SKAM’s youth company production of Backliners in the role of Murphy. He is excited to be stepping out of his comfort zone and to continue exploring the world of theatre in a new direction. Scott plans to continue his ventures with theatre into his career, moving soon to Toronto to continue his theatre education. He is inspired by every show he works on or see’s, and hopes to keep the magic of theatre alive in any way he can.
Olivia Wheeler – Designer
Olivia [she/her] is a mixed-race, Chinese Canadian performance designer, composer and interdisciplinary creator. The recent graduate holds a BFA in Theatre with a minor in Music from the University of Victoria and focused on performance design, technical theatre, music composition and music technology during her studies. She has been working with Theatre SKAM since 2019 on various projects, including sound designer for It’ll Come to Me, co-producer for SKAMpede 2020, production designer for Backliners, and lead artist and puppet design for the Pop-Up Theatre’s Halloween Shows 2020. Some of her work outside of SKAM includes the sound design and music direction on multiple productions in Victoria, the design and creation of her own immersive installation EVOKE, and receiving puppetry mentorship through the conVERGE Residency with Puente Theatre and Intrepid Theatre.
Riley Schaffner – Stage Manager
Riley [they/them] is currently working on their Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Theatre at UVIC. They will be starting their fifth year there this September. Riley was first introduced to the production and management side of theatre in their first year at UVIC and has since been a part of the stage managing teams of multiple productions at the Phoenix including 7 Stories and Comic Potential. As a stage manager, their goal is to bring compassion into the rehearsal room and uplift and empower the voices of the cast and crew. Riley is thrilled to be working with SKAM this summer as a part of both SKAMpede and the SYC production in August.
The youth ensemble for The Fates has been reflecting on what it means to be a theatre artist on unceded territory. Resulting in this reflection they have decided to raise funds for The Last Stand Organization which is raising funds for Indigenous Land Defenders at Fairy Creek. Feel free to leave a donation in the Front of House area after the show or visit this organization’s website.
Artistic and Managing Producer’s Notes
“Each August, for the past few years, SKAM has run a young company show. We commission a play by an early career writer and we dedicate a few Canada Summer Jobs positions, filled with early career professionals, to supporting a team of youth performers (who are paid honoraria). The results of this program are consistently strong and delightful. I also expect there are some long term results that we will begin to see in a few years as some of these youth emerge as theatre professionals. We’re all so excited to have audiences return to our SKAM Satellite Studio.”
Matthew Payne [he/him] – Artistic and Managing Producer
Anne Taylor [she/her] – General Manager
Anna Marie Anderson [she/her] – Director, & Front of House Team
Olivia Wheeler [she/her] – Designer, & Light and Sound Board Operator
Riley Schaffner [they/them] – Stage Manager
Vanessa Wood [she/her] – Interim School Administrator
Logan Swain [he/him] – Producer
Emily Trepanier [she/her] – Production Assistant
Samantha Duerksen [she/her] – Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Francyne Morrison [she/her] – Communications Assistant (Co-op Student), Box Office Manager, & Front of House Team
Phoebe Habkirk [she/her] – Communications Assistant
Hannah Mariko Bell [she/her] – Artistic and Community Liaison
Branden Sugden [he/him]– Front of House Team, & Co-Video editor
Justin Francis Lee [he/him]– Co-Video editor
Board of Directors
Sarah Webb [she/her] – President
Susan Farmer [she/her] – Vice President
Heather Gropp [she/her] –Secretary
Brian Bellows [he/him] – Treasurer
Cai Dong [he/him] – Member at Large
Jay Joseph Duncan [she/her] – Member at Large
Dominique Jacobs [she/her] – Member at Large
Amy Paster [she/her] – Member at Large
Simeon Paster [he/him] – Member at Large
Charlie Ross [he/him] – Member at Large
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We would not be able to do this show without the support of Canada Summer Jobs or PARC. We are also funded by Community Gaming Grants and would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
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Check out our blog for recent interviews with Ellery Lamm the playwright, Anna Marie Anderson the director, and the youth of SYC (including members of the cast and assistant director).
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A favourite of Theatre SKAM, Anna Marie Anderson is back as our fabulous director for SYC’s newest play The Fates. With tickets nearly sold out and excitement at a high, we asked Anna Marie some questions about working as a director.
Theatre SKAM is ecstatic to welcome Ellery back this year after working with her play Backliners in 2020. In anticipation of this play beginning to come to life with rehearsals this week, we asked Ellery some questions to gain some insight into her writing process.