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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.
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  • meeting place - Rideau Centre entrance (specific meeting instructions will be sent to those registered)
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