Audience Responses to 12

“I was so pleased to experience the youth-powered 100 Watt Productions show “12” this afternoon. Telling it straight about our climate! Well done @KristinaWatt1 and all the “kids” demonstrating courage in the face of a vast unknown. If in Ottawa, check out “12” when you have a chance. Better yet, host “12” for your colleagues. Esp if they have degrees in economics!”
David Chernushenko, former MP; author of Burning Souls

“The brilliant play called “12” launched the Writers’ Festival Republic of Childhood youth forum last November. Listen and LEARN from our children and youth.”
–Neil Wilson, Development Director of the Ottawa International Writers Festival

“Young people have a right to be worried about the future, and that very much includes the climate. Why not listen to what they have to say and engage them in genuine discussion? Here in Ottawa, there’s a group of actors ages 12 to 17 trying to do just that. And their play, a 100-Watt Production, 12, is starting to create some buzz, which thrills me no end. 12 is not a rant. Director Kristina Watt calls it “a love story between the generations. David Chernushenko, the former municipal politician and author…was at the GCTC to see 12 in action. “Kids are the ones who see things most clearly,” he told me. “Their priorities are not clouded by how bold and necessary action might supposedly have negative impacts on stock prices or GDP or getting re-elected.”
The Ottawa Citizen, Feb 13 2020; writer Brigitte Pellerin

“I sat near the back of our sold out 700 seat auditorium and was, on several occasions, emotionally moved by the performance. I will also point out that I was surrounded by 11 – 13 year olds, who were captivated by the performance. You and your team of youth performers crafted and shared something very special.”
–David Farley, Educator Summit Alternative High School

“It is such a pleasure to see kids parsing the grown-up’s world and evolving into somebody more meaningful than most of us.”
–Dr Andrey Boguslavskiy, National Research Council

“That was such an impressive play. You had the audience completely involved and determined to change. I hope you play all over the city. The youth were inspiring thanks to your creativity and spirit.”
–Diana Kirkwood, Arts Advocate, Ottawa Realtor

“Congrats for the amazing work you did with those beautiful humans, it was warm and generous and real. It gives hope.”

–Anne-Marie Ouellet, professional du theatre, L’eau de bain theatre

“It was a very moving show.”

–John Koensgen, professional actor & director

“I wanted to reiterate how moved I was and how meaningful your work [12] is to me.”

–Jonah Lerner, Head of Carpentry & Assistant Technical Director, Great Canadian Theatre Company

“Congrats again for your outstanding work. It was great to know much more about the intelligence and reality of teenagers.”

–Françoise; Les soeurs kif-kif, cirque tendre et théâtre de rue

“Wonderful performance. The standing-o was well deserved, and I’m happy to have been a part of it.”

–Matt Venner, MA Candidate, University of Ottawa

“Congratulations for the wonderful performances.  Many of our family and friends all thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very thought provoking and many of them said that they would make some changes to their day to day lifestyles.  It certainly made an impact.”

–Janet Britnell, Clinical Manager, the Ottawa Hospital

“I loved the show so much. It made me cry at points, (and laugh!).  It’s a wonderful script, super compelling.”

–Dr Janice Shroeder, Dept of English at Carleton University

“Beautiful project.”

–Eric Booth, ITAC

“What a treat that was.  To see meaningful, impactful live in space theatre again.  I loved the piece, the concept, the process, the work.  Bravo! Thank you for a very memorable afternoon. One I won’t soon forget.”

–Nick Miller, Drama Teacher

“It was great. It started a good discussion at home on how to do better for the planet. Kudos to the cast!”

–Evelyn Marin Fornez

“Loved the show – what a treat it was. The performance is definitely one of the best. So much to think about and so many points to discuss. It should be performed in every boardroom.”

–Atiya Hussein

“A long and thoughtful process in action.”

–Emily Pearlman, MiCasa Theatre

“Bravo! I was moved by today’s production of 12. I would love for my students to see the show (we just spent last week talking about COP26 and Greta Thunberg).”

–Michelle Richardson, Elementary School teacher, Ottawa

“Great show! Great to see how it’s developed.”

–Judi Pearl, National Arts Centre

“I found it a bit chilling to see 12 again since I am so aware of the world marching on and the arguments still needing to be made.”

–Amanda Lewis, Author, Calligrapher, Drama School Teacher

…after performances in 2018/19 (without names included)

“After seeing 12, I thought: never underestimate the power of theatre.”

“Very interesting, well put together, and very thought-provoking.”

“Absolutely loved 12…very moved.”

“I’ve been thinking about the play non stop since seeing it. I think it’s really important that we acknowledge the concerns of the youngest generation… A play by early teens about their anxieties and concerns about the climate crisis and their disgust at the climate inaction of their elders, leaders and corporations. I saw it; it was very good.”

“I feel unnerved. It was jarring.”

“The performance [12] made me think more about the environment issues. Helped me to see and realize that the issue is real and we have to act. Mostly I liked to see that the young people are aware of it, concerned and ready to react.”

“Poignant and really well done.”

“A wonderful piece and strong company.”

“I feel like a hypocrite.”

“It is great to see engagement on such an important topic.”

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