New play “Remote Control” spoofs the broadcasting biz


Comedians are having a field day with the current political and media climate, and even on our side of the border we are taking advantage of this being prime time for topical humour.

Enter a new play, Remote Control, which spoofs the high-powered world of cross-border broadcasting.

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The play’s premise is based on a pending corporate takeover of a the fictional Canadian broadcasting Scott Network by a corrupt New York-based company.

The two-act play, which makes use of live actors and multimedia components, focuses on the crew at Peppercorn Community Television in B.C. who vow to not be brought down by their looming new corporate overlords.

Remote Control is produced and written by David Robertson, who says he got the idea to take on this topic back when he was producing a 17-episode TV series about Delta, B.C., called Encounter, in the 1990s for
Delta Cable.

In Remote Control, audiences will encounter characters ranging from King Arthur to Pierre Trudeau, and the opening gag is based on the beloved bathtub races that are returning to Vancouver this summer.

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With five stops in the greater Metro Vancouver area, Remote Control runs from January 24 through April 15 with the following schedule:

  • Jan 24 – Feb 4: Ladner – Genesis Theatre
  • Feb 5 – Feb 14: Port Coquitlam – Terry Fox Theatre (no show Feb 8)
  • Feb 15 – Feb 22: Abbotsford – Matsqui Centennial Theatre (no show Feb 19)
  • Mar 26 – Apr 3: Vancouver – Annex Theatre
  • Apr 4 – 15: North Vancouver – Presentation house Theatre

Tickets are $29-49 and are available online.

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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: