Three people dressed as raccoons are standing on a white front porch. From left to right: one is putting a red envelope in their mouth, one is closest to the camera staring into the lens and the last is in the background staring at another raccoon in a menacing way. The image reads: “Surveillance (A Raccoon Viral Video)” “A Piece of Clown Digital Theatre”
Surveillance, directed by Ken Hall, is a sneakily silent short that follows three raccoons on their daily hunt for garbage. When they learn that trash isn’t on the menu, they decide to take matters into their own oily hands. Best described as “clown digital theatre,” our work was inspired by Toronto’s infamous raccoon viral videos, zoom call grid screens and an age-old love affair with creamy garlic dipping sauce. Our experimental and improvised short is a clown’s attempt at crossing the road, searching for trash and the art of stealth.
Sensory Warning: Bright multicoloured moving light near the end of our video.
The Toronto Raccoons are a collective of emerging and established performers, comedians and creators from Toronto. The collective’s director, Ken Hall (He/Him), is a multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominee and winner: Best Breakout Artist, and most recently, Comedic Artist of the Year. Ken has spent over 15 years performing clown and brings exceptional knowledge from his time performing in Cirque Du Soleil. The cast features three clowns/raccoons. Annie Luján (She/Her) is an actor/clown and graduate of Concordia University’s Theatre Performance BFA. Most recently, she worked with Outside The March in their ‘artistic accomplice’ program to create immersive theatre in the city (The Flick, Tape Escape). Veronica Hortiguela (She/Her) is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Acting program and most recently a Dora Award recipient in Howland Company’s Casimir and Caroline. Sasha Luna (She/Her) is a graduate of Western Univesity’s theatre studies program and an avid member of Toronto’s comedy community. Pre-pandemic, Sasha co-created/hosted a monthly comedy variety show called ‘The Cozy Show’ at Toronto’s Bad Dog Theatre. Their costume and set designer, Oliver Kealey (He/Him) is an emerging set designer and carpenter from Ottawa Ontario. He is a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Production Program in 2020 where he developed a deep love for theatrical design and puppetry. The collective is in the process of developing a full length live show once the world is able to gather again!