Since 2014, Bad New Days has established a unique presence in Canadian theatre creating visually bold and physically innovative theatrical works that explore the complexity of the human condition through a volatile blend of lightness and gravity, drawing from the theatrical traditions of the past and re-imagining them in a contemporary aesthetic context.
Our aesthetic is self-consciously ‘theatrical’. We sometimes refer to it as ‘theatre of gesture’, or ‘visual theatre’, but we really just think of it as theatre.
We acknowledge our debt to ‘popular’ theatrical forms, the ‘fairground theatre’, the grotesque, the absurd & the uncanny.
We offer an alternative to theatrical naturalism and the traditional script-driven creation model, giving primacy to the body, gesture and the image in storytelling in order to transcend linguistic barriers and discover new theatrical forms evolved to respond directly to the times we live in.