The Archivist

Showtime: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - Friday, March 6, 2020

Location: RBC Theatre

Tickets: $35.00 and up (HST included, service fees extra)

Show suitable for: Ages 14+ due to sensitive content


Date Time Price
The Archivist Date: March 5, 2020 Time: 07:30 pm Price: $35.00 - $45.00 Buy Tickets
The Archivist Date: March 6, 2020 Time: 07:30 pm Price: $35.00 - $45.00 Buy Tickets

The Archivist 

A Shaista Latif Production in association with Why Not Theatre

The Story

Shaista Latif is a storyteller who has been invited to tell a story. She is a perpetual guest, and her time is limited. To mark her position and her eventual disappearance, Shaista creates a live archive of found objects, music, photos and film to boldly question who has the right to document a history of war. 
In this compelling and hilarious documentary performance, Latif invites audiences to name what is at the risk of being erased and forgotten.  

Presented with the support of the Theatre Connects program of the OAC. 

Shaista Latif – Creator & Performer 

Shaista Latif is a working-class Queer Afghan-Canadian multidisciplinary artist, consultant and facilitator. Her works and collaborations have been presented by Koffler Gallery, Ontario Scene Festival, SummerWorks, Why Not Theatre, Blackwood Gallery, Mercer Union, the AGO, Halifax Queer Acts Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and recently the Undercurrents Festival. Her video installation Learning the Language of My Enemies was recently presented in conjunction with Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft at the Koffler Gallery.  Her current project How I Learned to Serve Tea, a series of workshops focused on the politics of inclusion and the language of invitation, is generously co-funded and supported by Why Not Theatre and Koffler Centre of the Arts. Latif is a published playwright (Playwrights Canada Press) and voiced the character Soraya in the Oscar-nominated film The Breadwinner. 

Critics' Reviews

“Bold, funny, and inspiring... her delivery and stage presence feels fun and captivating.” – NOW Magazine 

"I learned things—interesting, wonderful, and upsetting things. I’m not sure there’s any higher praise I can give than that: this show made me laugh, made me think, and made me just a bit wiser. Within five minutes of leaving the theatre I’d told two people to see it." – Apt 613 (Mer Weinhold)  

She asked the audience, “Who’s brown?” and I felt my arm tense, uncertain of which direction to take it. I marvelled at how unapologetically and uncomplicatedly she identified as a person of colour. I can’t relate to that feeling of belonging that she seems to have, even as she mounts a show about the complications of it all. For my part, I do not think of myself as white, nor do I think of myself as a person of colour. If pushed, I would say I was olive-skinned. And Shaista’s show pushes. It pushes you to ask yourself how you locate yourself, or not. In my view, identity(ies) is a kind of construction and performance. The Archivist made me look at the reality of those constructions and performances.

– More Than Food Mag (Sophie Afriat) 

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