BIG GRAVEL SIFTER

Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Strindberg Festival ’11

“When they trailed their spikes over the strings, the strings sounded again; but they played in a new way, for now they were tuned to another pitch.”

The Big Gravel SifterOriginally a short story, The Big Gravel Sifter is the tale of a family’s piano abandoned to the sea. Its recovery is determined to be too expensive and not worth the investment. The creatures of the sea who discover the piano give it new life as they try to determine what it could be and, in the process, discover music in “the key of X.” For those who live above, the mystery of this strange ocean music speaks the love that unites them, excites the possibility of their imagination and rebels against forces that cannot see beauty beyond utility and profit.

Featuring: Andraea Sartison, CindyMarie Small and Coral Maloney
Music composed by: Garth Hardy
Collectively created by ensemble
Script by: Jason Hooper
Film by: Caroline Wintoniw
With thanks to: Chris Sigurdson
With support from: the Manitoba Arts Council

Adapted from the August Strindberg Story “The Big Gravel Sifter”