The Musical

Otherworldly Giants is a new musical currently in development, written & directed by Shaunga Tagore. In this story the five outer planets and their astrological archetypes, Pluto, Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn & Uranus, come to life as everyday heroes in a parallel universe.

This is a tale of the break-down and breaking-open between mothers, sisters and daughters. A dedication to queer love, magic, and ritual. A desire to know what it means to love, lose and lead in the face of death and apocalypse.

Otherworldly Giants began development in 2018. We aim to mount the full musical in 2022-2023. We are currently in our character development and world building phase, and cooking up some juicy opportunities to introduce you to our beloved characters and the world in which they live.

UPCOMING (June 2020): PLUTO, a multidisciplinary play, and origin story of the lead character and hero of Otherworldly Giants, and her tumultuous relationship with Jupiter.

Photo by Hamidah Hemani. 2016, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

This is a story about the marriage of love and loss.

It’s the break-down and breaking-open between mothers, sisters and daughters. It’s what makes us want to live and want to die. It’s for people who love the planet, even when you can’t remember love in yourself. It’s about fighting and losing. It is to reckon with forces that sever our connection to the earth and each other – internal and external. It is how we react to poison in the body, and how we release it. It is the divine feminine – always complete, never breakable, and everlasting; and the irreconcilable pain in the feminine lineage – just as everlasting. It’s about magic and the witch hunt. A revealing and unraveling. Truth and cellular memory. Queerness and quantum healing. Portals and parallel dimensions. Dark skin and big hearts.

This is about heroes and giants and arachnids. This is the underworld and the wide open sky. This is the marriage of death and faith.

This is Pluto & Jupiter.

Development & Updates

JUNE 2020: A workshop of “PLUTO,” the multidisciplinary play, will be presented at Toronto theatre with audience Q&A. Stay tuned for details!

OCTOBER 2019: A giant THANK YOU to Toronto Arts Council and The City of Toronto for generously supporting this project via an Individual Playwrights Grant ❤

JUNE 2019: closed live reading of the full 75-minute script (invite-only)

MAY 2019: 20-minute excerpt performance at Aki Studios (commissioned by CPAMO‘s 10 year celebration gathering)

JANUARY 2019: 1-week collaborative studio residency exploring character development & world building (Sunny Drake Studio)

Follow Shaunga on IG/FB @astrology4survivors for updates on this presentation.

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