“Just Watch Me”
With those 3 words, Canada changed forever, as Prime Minister Trudeau implemented the War Measures Act in peacetime, for the first and only time in Canadian history, suspending many civil liberties and arresting nearly 500 citizens in an effort to crush Quebec’s FLQ. Television journalist Tim Ralfe got a formal reprimand from CBC for his appointed questioning of the PM about the use of the War Measures Act.
45 years later, “it’s deja’vu all over again”, as Canadians face Bill C-51. Again, we are told that the aim of the law is to fight terrorism. American cryptographer and privacy specialist, Bruce Schneier, call today, “the golden age of surveillance”.
Sounds serious? Not quite. The musical that about a time travelling teen, played by Ava Crowchild, is actually light hearted.
With a fun premise accompanied by original music by Daniel McLeod who also directed, and performed by Red Haven’s Jennifer Charles and Brendan Steele, Just Watch Me: A Time Travelling Trudeau Musical tries to transport the audience back in time through the songs, dance, and costume, at most times missing the mark, but engaging nonetheless, thanks to the performers, most notably, Crowchild, who’s voice managed to light up the theatre while not overpowering anyone else in the cast.
The show definitely has its moments, but pay attention as it is a hit or miss kind of thing.
Just Watch Me continues to play at the Pacific Theatre 1440 W 12th Ave. Vancouver until September 20 1015 as part of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival continues to run until September 20 2015. Get your tickets to the remaining performances here.