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Peterborough: Public Energy Performing Arts presents “Alone, with you” set in 2023 livestreaming March 6

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The effects of COVID-19 linger in 2023, when a new virus is suddenly discovered in North America. Fearing the worst, a young woman named Emelie immediately isolates herself in her 500 square foot Toronto apartment. In the months that follow, the psychological toll of paranoia, anxiety, and digital surveillance fuels a reconnection with a familiar individual as she calls on her past for guidance.

Alone, with you is a work of experimental virtual devised theatre by Noah Sisson and Ashley Frederick, two emerging artists and recent graduates of York University’s devised theatre program. The work reflects on our current experience from a near-future perspective. It explores the psychological and emotional effects of long-term isolation, contrasts the necessity and invasiveness of technology, and ultimately asks how this time apart will shape us.

Alone, with you has been supported by theatre artist and storyteller Kate Story, who acted as a mentor for Noah and Ashley, and is virtually stage managed by Eryn Lidster with assistance from Philip Ratcliff.

About This Event

Alone, with you is Public Energy’s latest initiative supporting new work by the next generation of theatre and dance artists.

Noah Sisson came to us, via the Canada Summer Jobs program, from York University’s devised theatre program. While Noah was hired through CSJ to gain experience in the field of marketing, we decided that an even better way to support Noah’s career development would be to match him with a veteran artist as a mentor – Kate Story – and give him a chance to create and perform an original work of devised theatre.

Noah of course agreed, contacted his collaborator Ashley Frederick, and after just 6 busy weeks of creation, voilà, we now have the world premiere of the first original online performance ever presented by Public Energy Performing Arts. Enjoy!

Bill Kimball, Executive Director, Public Energy Performing Arts


Created & Performed By Noah Sisson And Ashley Frederick

A Virtual Theatre Experience

Saturday, March 6, 2021 At 2:00pm

Watch on Public Energy’s YouTube channel – Come here on March 6 and click on the link we will provide. There is no charge. If you enjoy the show please consider making a charitable donation to Public Energy here.

Noah Sisson – Co-creator, performer (Lucian) Ashley Frederick – Co-creator, performer (Emelie)
Eryn Lidster – Stage manager
Kate Story – Mentor/outside eye
Philip Ratcliff – Assistant stage manager