Weather or Naught

Commissioned by the Burnaby Art Gallery, this play saw the introduction of Patrick Ready’s “rhythm machine,” a system of wheel-driven arms that banged drums, shook cans of dried peas, operated a bellows or what have you, and could be used for a range of effects, from the sound of a printing press to the slow agbekor rhythm of the Ewe tribe of Ghana, depending on how you set the pegs and cranked the handle.