In the Raw started out of a storefront cafe called La Quena on East Vancouver's
Commercial Drive in 1994. We rehearsed and performed there for three years, producing
over 125 one-acts in over 43 nights of theatre. During that time we received a
Canada Council Exploration grant, supporting us to go on two tours along the Squamish
corridor and Sunshine/Sechelt coast.
We also held
a free outdoor theatre event with 16 performances at Grandview Park on Commercial
Drive with the help of a Vancity Community grant. A thousand people came out to
see a full day of Theatre in the Park. Since our start, we've performed in numerous
venues both in the southern/interior of BC, four western Canadian Provinces including
Seattle, Washington for the 1998 Seattle Fringe Festival.
in 1996, we moved towards mainstage shows. We've produced ten full-length mainstage
plays at major venues in the lower mainland area - 5 of which were premieres of
original Canadian plays in Vancouver.
To date we have
embarked on six mini and major tours for the company, producing both one-acts
and mainstage work "on the road" to audiences outside of the Vancouver area.
In 2008, we embarked on a four-province tour
with 3 original Canadian One-Acts - where we produced quality,
risk-taking artistic works with substance that offered exposure
to creative voices seldom heard. We're thrilled that many
theatre artists have passed through our doors moving onto
the professional theatre and creative performing arts world.
We've completed - over a five year period
of development - the new musicals titled: Bruce - the
Musical (formerly named The Tipping Point)
and Yippies In Love by Bob Sarti which were
both presented to full houses in November 2008 and June 2011
at the Russian Hall in Vancouver's Strathcona neighbourhood
and the East Vancouver Culture Centre respectively.
Biennially we hold our popular One-Act Playwriting
Contest, where we workshop and present original winning plays.
we continue to bring new original predominantly Canadian and international quality
theatre-works to the stage, we're proud to offer employment to those in our local
community. From our start in a small Vancouver Commercial Drive venue our theatre
has produced fresh, exciting and thought-provoking dramas for audience members
of all ages.