The Apartment Series is a series of shows set and staged in an apartment, with the hosts literally inviting you into their home, taking your jacket, making your drink, and sharing a rather personal theatre-story, allowing for not only the most intimate theatre performance in the history of Nanaimo, but also encouraging casual living room-style talkback after this cozy theatre and storytelling crossover.
Inspired by a growing trend of alternative theatre in Victoria and Vancouver, The Apartment Series draws from both emerging concepts of “theatre for small audiences” in which theatre companies perform for extremely intimate and limited audiences in order to generate a more personal performance, and site-specific theatre in which the venue itself plays a crucial role in reinforcing the setting, the atmosphere, and the meaning of the theatrical piece.
Designer of the Apartment Series, Jeremy Banks first ventured into site-specific theatre while working on Electric Company Theatre’s At Home With Dick and Jane as part of HIVE 3 (2010). Most recently, Banks produced and starred in a site-specific theatre piece, Ben & Jess, as part of the 2011 Saskatoon Fringe that not only sold out its run, but also garnered interest from CTV, CBC, and Saskatoon’s major paper, the Star Phoenix. In addition to this, Jeremy has been touring North American Fringes, receiving rave reviews in Orlando, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton & Victoria.