This is not part of the story.
Welcome to the Help section of Bonnidale. This page was designed for anyone who has been made to feel uncomfortable, anxious, disturbed, or triggered by what you have found in this blog, or it's subsequent content. Here, your will find no ghosts, stories, or hidden clues related to the Bonnidale universe. This is not part of the story. This page is a safe space for everyone. There will be no jump scares, or content pertaining to the Bonnidale story.
This page is to assure you that everything you have seen, read, or heard is entirely fabricated by the Theatre BSMT team. All violence and disturbing imagery is not real, and no serious mental, physical, or emotional injury has come to anyone as a result of working on the Bonnidale project to our knowledge.
If you have any questions about the Bonnidale project or Theatre BSMT please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need immediate mental health assistance, please call one of the following numbers, or speak to your local healthcare services.
Take care of yourself before you jump back in. The story will be there when you're ready.
This project was created in Mohkinstsis (also know as Calgary), with artists, technology and connections that reside on traditional Treaty 7 territory. With respect, we acknowledge the people who have inhabited this land for generations: the Blackfoot Confederacy, including the Siksika, Kainai and Piikani; the Tsuut’ina, the Stoney Nakoda Nations and Metis Nation (Region 3). While we are still working on our company’s journey of truth and reconciliation, and the elimination of oppressive systems that work against this learning, we at BSMT want to express our gratitude to be able to share this land and work to develop inclusive space and narratives for all to express and experience.
The Story Behind Bonnidale
The world of Bonnidale sparked to life in early April of this year. Down, out, and feeling fear of what it meant to be an artist in these unprecedented times, I found myself watching older found footage horror movies that I had watched countless times before. This inspired me, and some fellow artists I trusted, to create a horror world of our own. Thus, the original Bonnidale series premiered in Verb Theatre’s Blue Light Festival. At even the worst of times, horror has strangely brought me comfort, offering a space to face my anxiety-fueled fears, and giving me an option to pause and come back if things became too frightening. I always ended up coming back.
Many people find it hard to see the value of horror and facing fear together as a society. However, we heard many express interest in continuing the story of Bonnidale. This project is the synthesis of those two expressions, in collaboration with over a dozen local artists, each creating unique stories within it.
Exploring the expanded world of the Bonnidale Anthology is literally at your fingertips, within the comfort of your own home. We have tried and will continue to try to make this a safe space to take the plunge and face fear at you own pace. You have the remote. You get to decide how much you want to explore. You can always come back.
Welcome to Bonnidale.
- Ryan Reese
Meet The Team
Producer, Project Co-ordinator
Producer, Project Co-ordinator
Producer, Blog Curator, Jess
Special Thanks to Camille Pavlenko
Greg Wilson & Ali Deregt
Logan Teske & Kodie Rollan
Madeline Hunter Smith
Deedra Salange Ladouceur
Constantine X. Anastasakis
Shelby Wilson & Rebecca Fauser
Charlotte Hurdman, Katrina Holoboff & Alex Watz