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An Undeveloped Sound

Showing on Jan 30-Feb 4

Playing at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre) 

Laara Sadiq, a woman with brown hair in a braid wearing a black blouse, black pants, and black shoes, kneels down and pleads to a mysterious character with the shape of a small child wearing a black parka jacket, gray gloves and gray socks. A pile of gray bricks and a gray bin are placed behind them.

Electric Company Theatre (Unceded Coast Salish Territory • MST)

On the shores of an ocean sound, an abandoned commercial outlet has been repurposed as a call centre. Inside, a team of spokespeople have been recruited to speak on behalf of a mysterious new development. Their task, it seems, is next to impossible. Although units have been sold and the development should be in its final phase, the developer has stopped responding, the units haven’t materialized, and the spokespeople are at a loss for words. What exactly have they been hired to represent?

Jonathon Young structures his plot to parcel out details in beguiling fashion, and the sense of ambiguity is powerful and unsettling. What ultimately develops between the spokespeople is a world much like our own: both incurably familiar and eternally strange. Loosely inspired by Goethe’s Faust, An Undeveloped Sound is about the eternal wager made between development and destruction.

Produced by Electric Company Theatre; Co-presented with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, with commissioning support from the PuSh Festival and funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, the Province of BC, City of Vancouver and the Hawthorne, Deux Mille and Pearson McGrane Foundations. 

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Artist Bio

Jonathon Young

Jonathon is a Core Artist with, and Co-founder of, Electric Company Theatre. He has collaborated with ECT on Tear the Curtain! and No Exit, among other works. As an actor, Jonathon has performed in stage productions across Canada, including King Lear and Queen Goneril (Soulpepper Theatre) and Knives in Hens (Coalmine Theatre). Recently, Jonathon has been collaborating with choreographer Crystal Pite. Together they’ve created three productions that have toured internationally: Betroffenheit, The Statement and Revisor.

Electric Company Theatre

The Electric Company is based in Vancouver, but it creates works for national and global as well as local audiences. Collaboration and experimentation are the company’s hallmarks; it seeks to expand the possibilities of live theatre and explore universal concerns. Previous PuSh performances include Studies in Motion (2006) and Palace Grand (2009). 


SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre) 

149 W Hastings St, Vancouver


  • January 30: 7:30 (Preview)
  • January 31: 7:30 (Preview)
  • February 1: 7:30 (Show)
  • February 2: 7:30 (Show)
  • February 3: 7:30 (Show)
  • February 4: 7:30 (Show)

Additional, post-festival performances from February 7 – 11 are available. See Tickets below to purchase.

Runtime: 95 mins

Content Advisory

Haze, strobe lights


Single Tickets (in-Festival and post-Festival): $34
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Written and Directed by Jonathon Young Scenography Design Camellia Koo Costume Design & Props Jessica Oostergo Composition Loscil Lighting Design Sophie Tang Media Integration Eric Chad & Jack Chipman Movement Direction Natalie LeFebvre Gnam Dramaturgy Marcus Youssef Technical Direction Owen Marmorek Production Management Carla Ritchie Stage Management Jan Hodgson, Yvonne Yip Script Assistance Justin Francis Lee Featuring Ryan Beil, Andrew McNee, Amy Rutherford, Laara Sadiq & Ruby Henderson. Interns Anastasiia Vorobiova & Rachel Macadam Past Contributors Paula Viitanen Aldazosa, Amber Barton, Michael Kerns & Jennifer Swan