Cahoots Theatre in association with Factory Theatre presents The Enchanted Loom by first time playwright and practicing neurologist, Suvendrini Lena. The Enchanted Loom tells the story of Thangan a Tamil refugee from Sri Lanka living in Toronto. As the final days of the Sri Lankan Civil War play out half way across the world thousands of Tamil- Canadians descend on the Gardiner Expressway in protest of the torture and abuse that has categorized the war. Thangan's family's lives have been profoundly impacted by the war. In addition to the loss of his young son, Thangan was brutally tortured while imprisoned in Sri Lanka and suffers punishing and sever seizures as a result. His family must now consider a medical procedure that might alleviate his chronic epilepsy, but could also strip him of his memories, motor function and even his life.
At its heart The Enchanted Loom is about family, identity and the desire for freedom. Part mystical and part medical The Enchanted Loom reflects a seldom told but important moment in Toronto's history and gives voice to a community not often seen on our stages. On at the Factory Studio until November 27th, be sure to catch The Enchanted Loom