Victoria Target Theatre Society
Target’s mandate is to provide a voice for older people using a kind of theatre that both entertains and informs. The mandate involves using theatre as a means of exploring and transforming social attitudes to seniors, their needs and concerns, and their place in the community.
While focusing primarily on themes of immediate relevance to seniors, their families and their caregivers, we are committed to creating accessible theatrical experiences with diverse casts.
Started in 1986 as a group of older adults with an interest in the performing arts, Victoria Target Theatre Society became a non-profit society in November, 1990 and has since grown into a company of mature actors who provide a voice for the concerns of seniors.
Target uses theatre to address seniors’ issues because theatre stimulates and moves people in a way that is different from ideas learned through lectures or books.
Backed by a volunteer board of directors, and with the help of an artistic coordinator, the company is continually developing new material as it finds its services more and more in demand.
Here is a short video about a recent collaboration Target did with teenagers, about sex of all things!
This 5-minute video* explains and illustrates who we are and what we do.
Target stages plays several times a year. From 1995 until 2007, we averaged five performances a year and since 2007 we have averaged two plays a month. During the last twenty-one years, the actors brought their plays to Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver, as well as the Victoria area. Although most of our performances take place around Victoria, we also apply for travel grants to make our plays available to smaller communities in other locations on Vancouver Island and the rest of BC.
To enquire about booking a Target performance for your organization, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We acknowledge with respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory we gather, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.
*Clips from I'm Still Here used with permission. I'm Still Here was written by Vrenia Ivonoffski, with Gail Mitchell and Christine Jonas-Simpson (on whose research the show is based), and developed at ACT II STUDIO, Ryerson. Thanks to the students at Pacific Film and New Media Academy, who made the video, and to the Victoria Foundation for recommending Target as a class project.