Jordan Tannahill and Erin Brubacher

Is My Microphone On?

Canada, Germany / Theatre
How do we move forward from here? The 18 young Düsseldorfers for whom Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill wrote Is My Microphone On?, will no longer be able to avoid the consequences of climate change. These young people speak to the adults in the audience, holding them to account, questioning the choices that have not been made, the ones that children will be forced to make, and what kind of future they stand to inherit.  They offer this play in the form of a protest song, as an invitation to experience the world together anew.

This work was one of many artistic endeavors interrupted, and fundamentally changed by the pandemic. Some of the performers you will meet at this first work-in-progress showing of Is My Microphone On?, have been meeting online for over a year -- not to rehearse a play, but to build relationships and find connection in a time of isolation. These young people were guided by Canadian director Erin Brubacher, along with visual artist Sherri Hay, musician Veda Hille, and dance artist Cara Spooner, who were each also looking to find ways of being together. Togetherness across language, distance and experience is hard work, but it is the only way forward: both in international artistic collaboration, and in responding to the climate emergency.

The cast of Is My Microphone On? met recently, in person for the very first time, to begin work on this play, with a new guide, German-Lebanese director, Bassam Ghazi. Brubacher and Ghazi are now finding ways of working together across an ocean, to support these young artists in turning the theatre into a site of intergenerational reckoning, and in offering you what is ultimately a declaration of love.

Jordan Tannahill and Erin Brubacher:
Is my Mic on?
23.06.21, 18:00 - 19:00

23.06.21, 20:00 - 21:00

The performance will be followed by an audience discussion.

Jordan Tannahill
Erin Brubacher, Bassam Ghazi
Contributing artists:
Sherri Hay & Cara Spooner
Veda Hille
Musical director:
Hajo Wiesemann
Dramaturgy and concept:
Kirstin Hess
Assistant Stage Managers:
Solène Schlachter, Auguste Sandner
Nika Andabaka, Frida Beucker, Lucy Brouwers, Ayla Tatu Burnaz, Sofia Cuesta Fuoß, Paula Darius, Phoenix Grün, Isoken Iyahen, Friederike Jacobs, Collins Kang, Fey Lawal, Eleni Melikidou, Hannah Juli Mellinghaus, Emir Özdemir, Maja Pindek Rabrenović, Jakob Schiefer, Tobias Valder, Shimon White
Coproduction: Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2021, Bürgerbühne und Junges Schauspiel des Düsseldorfer Schauspielhauses

Das Projekt ist Teil von Kanadas Kulturprogramm als Ehrengast der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020/21. Es wird unterstützt durch das Canada Council for the Arts und die Regierung von Kanada.

Mit besonderer Unterstützung der NRW.BANK