photo credit: Andrée Lanthier
George Acheson has spent his life protesting the status quo. In 7 Important Things, we look to the past in an attempt to reconcile his life, one that has been profoundly marked by the times.
Born in 1950, George rejected the comfortable, easy life his family had in mind for him. He was eventually kicked out of his house because he would not cut his hair. He was a teenager and the hippy movement fascinated him. For him, it was a movement that symbolized freedom, unconventional thought and lifestyles. Being a hippie became his identity, so when the movement fizzled out, he was lost. He felt like a failure when he finally accepted a job working in the government. He was working in London, England, just as the punk movement was starting to build: another movement protesting the status quo and another identity he was comfortable with, but that too would fall apart.
He still hasn’t figured out how to live under a system that he doesn’t condone, yet cannot escape. Today, he feels like an invisible, generic, 64 year-old man and as such, he has a story to tell.
7 Important Things premiered in 2007, at Canada’s National Arts Centre, and has since toured around the world to beautiful reviews. This original creation managed to delve into new forms for the theatre, as well as bring a deeply personal story about one man’s attempt to come to terms with a world seemingly far removed from the ideals that his peace and love generation believed in.
“By far the best Canadian performance which I saw was 7 Important Things by Nadia Ross, who is more famous now in Europe than in her homeland…With interviews, self-reflections and happenings the two Davids show that they are always more intelligent, more humorous and more talented than all Goliaths of this world…Ross presents this with intelligence and irony, using simple means and strict form, and from that, this ‘portrait of the artist as a young man’ tells us more about the glory and the misery of this seemingly distant period of protest than any books or statistics ever could.”
Renate Klett, Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany June 26, 2008