Assist Ed by Andrew Ritchie
November 2017 Artistic Team
Created by Andrew Ritchie | Performed by Hannah Spear & Andrew Ritchie
Directed by Taliesin McEnaney | Dramaturgy by Elena Belyea
Scenography by Claire Hill |Stage Manager: Kathleen Hemsworth
June 2017 Creative Team: Director: David Di Giovanni | Dramaturgical Support by Elena Belyea | Production Assistant: Marlee Yule
Welcome to Ed’s room at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the best place to drink, smoke and live large. Go down the palliative lens into one man’s battle to be dead and the inability of his family to assist him. A provocative and entertaining look at male depression, assisted suicide and how the men in our lives create their identity. What would you do if you asked for help and never received any? How do you ask someone to help you die? Would you pull the plug for someone? Inspired by true events.
February 2017 - Workshop Presentation at Theatre Passe Muraille
April 2016 - Workshop Presentation at the inaugural York Experimental Solo Festival
You Are Here Theatre would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government. The work has been generously supported by Theatre Passe Muraille and the Ontario Arts Council through the Theatre Creators's Reserve Program.
This is Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
As a creator Andrew has worked as an improviser, actor, and puppeteer on scripted and devised theatre. He has created multiple new works through collective creation including Pilobus movement pieces, Pochinko clown turns, mask work, Shakespearean adaptations, roving character work and more.
He has performed improv across North America with Curious Comedy Theatre, UBC Improv, Notorious University Improv Group, Bad Dog Theatre, and Die-Nasty: The Live Legendery Improvised Soap-Opera. He is an alumnus of Rapid Fire Theatre where he performed both short form improv (Theatre Sports, Maestro, Harolds) & long form improv (Improvised Shakespeare, Soap Operas, The Tavern, etc) for over 5 years.
Co-Created by Elena Belyea, Molly Gisela Staley, Tori Morrison and Andrew Ritchie in 2012, the Found Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary found space arts event presented by the Common Ground Arts Society in the Old Strathcona district in Edmonton, Alberta.
Ritchie worked on the festival from 2012 to 2015 and was festival director in 2014 & 2015.