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Toronto: Theatre of the Beat presents “UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence” on April 3

Monday, March 29, 2021

UNMUTE premiered in recognition of domestic violence awareness month in November 2020.  UNMUTE is a forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence and gender-based assault during COVID-19. 

While a family’s life may seem normal from the other side of the screen, abuse is lurking behind closed doors. Immerse yourself in this important and timely piece that gives audience members the chance to rehearse scenarios for real life. Audiences will learn skills and resources for how they can make a difference. Participate in changing the story through forum theatre. 

UNMUTE is a bookable Zoom play and it will be released as a podcast in 2021.

Content Advisory: UNMUTE deals with abuse, and assault. Not recommended for audiences under the age of 13. 

UNMUTE 2021 show dates:

  • Tuesday, March 30th for Conrad Grebel University College. 

  • Thursday, April 1st for the Renison University College and Victim Services of Waterloo Region.

  • Saturday, April 3rd presented by Kindred Credit Union and The Assaulted Women’s Helpline. 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT.

  • Thursday, April 8th presented by Kindred Credit Union, Heart Comonos, Erindale United Church, Erindale Presbyterian Church and Mississauga Mennonite Fellowship. 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT.

  • Friday, April 9th for the Toronto area.

  • Saturday, April 10th presented by Hamilton Mennonite Church. 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT.

  • Sunday, April 11th presented by Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT.


Director: Erin Brandenburg

Playwrights: Cedric Martin, Lindsey Middleton and Kimberlee Walker

Dramaturge: Sukhpreet Sangha

Production Manager: Cedric Martin

Podcast Audio Editor: Michal Heuston

Original cast

Duncan Gibson-Lockhart, Frances Loiselle, Lindsey Middleton, Calvin Petersen, and Yusuf Zine

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