seminar title Mall Ratting: A podplay*
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Rideau Centre, Ottawa’s largest and most famous downtown mall! Let us equip you with headphones, an iPod, and a story so that you can experience shopping like never before. Part local history, part history of our globalizing world, part behavioural psychology, part experiment, and part tragicomedy, our theatrical podcast-play-tour will allow you to observe your fellow humans as an outsider, and be audio-guided through one of the most popular and least documented phenomena of the 20th century: the indoor, climate-controlled, super-shiny shopping mall. Following your podplay, we welcome you into Rideau Centre’s redesigned food court, entitled the “Dining Hall”, for a lively group discussion with your (de)tours facilitator. *A podplay is a play designed specifically for your ears, often created with a specific location in mind for the experience. About your tour guide:Megan Piercey Monafu (@MegMonafu) is committed to exploring the many ways drama can heal and transform. A young artist fresh from the BFA Theatre and Development program at Concordia University, Megan has facilitated drama workshops and classes with Third Story Window Theatre Company, Centre Évasion Seniors Day Center (Montreal), the IWK Children’s Hospital (Halifax), Orleans Young Players Theatre School and the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama. These experiences have provided insight on the benefits of drama for seniors, as well as for children with autism and with physical disabilities. Megan believes strongly in drama as an educational tool in the classroom, and as a conduit for personal development through physical expression and teamwork. For further information about Megan’s work, check out megmonafu.ca Further details: Cap: please note that this (de)tour is capped at 20 spots; preregistration is required. Meeting place: Rideau Centre entrance (specific meeting instructions will be sent to those registered) Ending spot: Rideau Centre Dining Hall for a conversation + monthly Meetup (further details will be provided) Duration: 60 minute walking component + 60 minutes conversation over refreshments Total distance covered: about 2.0 km Terrain: uniform Accessibility: unfortunately, not wheelchair accessible at this time.
- walking seminar guide - Mall Ratting: A podplay*
- availability - check booking app for specific dates
- meeting place - Rideau Centre entrance (specific meeting instructions will be sent to those registered)