Emma Peck presents her one-woman show Leap at Kismet Theatre Academy from Jan. 23 to Feb. 1. (Photo courtesy Joanne Eva)

One-woman show tells story of gender and philosophical transformation

Emma Peck presents intuition-guided production ‘Leap’ at Kismet Theatre

When Emma Peck booked the Kismet Theatre to perform her new one-woman show, she didn’t have anything written down. On opening night, she still won’t have anything written down.

That’s because Peck’s production, Leap, running from Jan. 23 to Feb. 1, is dictated by her intuition with some prompting by those in attendance. The show tells the story of the last three and a half year of Peck’s life as the Nanaimo resident transitioned from male to female and learned to embrace her intuition.

“Right from the beginning of my discovery of my femininity back in the summer of 2016 I knew that something pretty special was brewing and that I would want to share it at some point,” she said.

Peck said most encounters she’s had during that time have been filled with curiosity and openness and it’s a conversation she wants to expand.

“By being as open and willing to talk about anything just candidly, I found that people relax,” she said. “It’s like they’re so used to people being uptight about answering certain questions that people have become afraid to ask questions. They become afraid to try to understand and I’m breaking down that barrier.”

Each night the audience will get to choose how her story unfolds. Peck will have a variety of her photographs and art works on display in the venue, each with stories attached, and before show time viewers will be asked to pick out items for her to reference in her performance.

“The gender transformation is almost a subplot in this whole show,” Peck said. “Because when I changed my perspective about my physical appearance, that opened up this whole realm of, ‘Oh, what else can I change my perspective about? What assumptions and beliefs have I been holding on to or that I’m living by that don’t actually serve me anymore?’”

Peck said she discovered that she had been bullying herself all her life with the thoughts she was choosing. When she realized she could choose the thoughts she was thinking and change the words she used to speak to herself, “I have gone from being bullied to being invincible.”

“I want everybody to know that the things that are seemingly keeping them down in life, the things that are making them anxious, making them fearful, the things that are seemingly out of their control, I think there’s another way to look at it so that you don’t have to live in fear anymore, you don’t have to live with anxiety anymore and you can walk though each day being present in each moment,” she said.

WHAT’S ON … Emma Peck presents Leap at Kismet Theatre Academy, 55 Victoria Rd., from Thursday, Jan. 23 to Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets available by donation via phone at 250-713-1975, online and at the door. May contain coarse language, nudity and references to drug use.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Protesters blockade log-sort operation at Nanaimo’s Duke Point

Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo demands an end to all old-growth logging in B.C.

Nanaimo’s Jones will draw on her experiences in first political campaign

Retired social worker representing B.C. Liberals in Nanaimo riding in provincial election

B.C. salmon farms challenge activists’ demands for site closures

News reporting also unfair, inaccurate and distorted

Shoplifting suspect allegedly spits on worker at store in Nanaimo

Suspect became aggressive when confronted by loss prevention officer at Walmart, say RCMP

Nanaimo’s temporary restaurant patios to stay in place for another year

City council votes to leave patios out for winter and through till fall 2021

105 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as health officials urge B.C. to remember safety protocols

There are currently 1268 active cases, with 3,337 people under public health monitoring

Nanaimo city council wants more info about pilot project to lower residential speed limit

Staff will report back on ministry of transportation pilot that could lower speed limit to 40km/h

B.C. nurses report rise in depression, anxiety, exhaustion due to pandemic

A new UBC study looks into how the COVID-19 response has impacted frontline nurses

National child-care plan could help Canada rebound from COVID-induced economic crisis: prof

A $2 billion investment this year could help parents during second wave of pandemic

Search suspended for Indigenous elder last seen mushroom picking in northwest B.C.

Mushroom picker Thomas (Tommy) Dennis has been missing since Sept. 16

16 MLAs retiring from B.C. politics add up to $20M in pensions: Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers pay $4 for every dollar MLAs contribute to their pensions

‘Bonnie’ and ‘Henry’ among latest litter of service dog puppies

B.C. Alberta Guide Dogs names two pups after provincial health officer

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Parksville pedestrian airlifted to hospital in Vancouver after nighttime collision

Police report man’s injuries were ‘significant’ but not life-threatening

Most Read