Except in the Unlikely Event of War

A probing exploration of art, politics and war, and the messy areas where they become indistinguishable. Except in the Unlikely Event of War is a dark satire that interweaves three distinct but thematically-linked narratives: a meta-theatrical story of a theatre company coming under fire as they produce a provocative political play, a futiristic glimpse of the politics of message control set in the Canadian Arctic, and a mid-1960s think-tank commissioned to study the true nature of war. 

Except in the Unlikely Event of War is based on the controversial 1967 book "The Report from Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace", a chilling satire that was originally perceived as a top-secret leaked government report from a group of academics who had been commissioned to study society's transitition to a state of peace, but who concluded that war is in the best interest of a stable society. 

 
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PROJECT HISTORY

Except in the Unlikely Event of War premiered in Vancouver in 2013 in a co-production with Pi Theatre and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre. The script was developed by Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre and Pi Theatre. 

Cast of 3 men (2 live + 1 on recorded video) and 2 women. 

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Good theatre can entertain or make you think. Really good theatre does both. “Except in the Unlikely Event of War” is really good theatre.
— Gay Vancouver