“..Heightens Black box theatre to a new level of creative genius.”
- The Theatre Reader, 2014
LABOUR was Coyote Collective's second theatrical endeavour, originally staged at Theatre Passe Muraille's Backspace Theatre in January 2014. Written by Eric Welch, and Ryan Welch, LABOUR was Coyote Collective's first experimentation into the interdisciplinary, focusing on the relationship between movement and text.
Told from the perspective of "The Kid", a young warehouse worker, LABOUR explores the commodification of social and personal relationships in the increasingly demanding future of the nine-to-five daily grind. "The Kid" struggles with his physically and emotionally demanding job, while trying to connect with his jaded co-workers. He bonds with a mysterious stranger, "The Woman" who's kindness touches his heart and leaves him with countless questions about her true identity. But when the waking life and the dreaming life of the characters begin to collide,The Kid descends further into the instability of drudgery. Does he accept financial security in a world that dictates his primary needs are monetary?