In Jordan Tannahill’s re-imagining of the medieval allegory The Decameron, a neighbourhood’s teenagers turn against each other after a body is found beneath an abandoned greenhouse. Concord Floral, playing at The Theatre Centre and directed by Jordan Tannahill, Erin Brubacher, and Cara Spooner, is a compelling look at coming of age and teenage identity.
The cast is made up of 10 youths, aged 16 to 21, who play characters that range from suburban teenagers, to a fox, to a rendering of the greenhouse itself. From the talkback afterwards, it seemed that the cast is largely untrained in acting, but their performances were authentic, with Erum Khan delivering a strong leading performance, and Melisa Sofi shining in a scene where her character has a seizure.
Kimberly Purtell’s lighting design and Christopher Willes’ haunting sound design and composition were very apt at turning the artificial turf set into the multitude of locations used in the piece, from a school cafeteria to a representation of an entire suburban neighbourhood.
Tannahill’s writing moves at a rapid pace, and is filled with beautiful imagery and ruthless characters. Concord Floral was a complete immersion into a neighbourhood that was brought to life by a group of very promising up-and-coming actors.
Concord Floral is playing at The Theatre Centre until October 26. For more information, visit theatrecentre.org/?p=3344.