Wayne James in You, Me and Everything Else (Jurasco Productions)
We're becoming aware that we are destroying the environment that we live in.
—Wayne James, farmer and actor
To say performing at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival is a little different from Wayne James' day job would be an understatement. James is an organic seed farmer near Beausejour, Manitoba.
But all this week you can catch him on stage in his one-man show, You, Me & Everything Else.
It's an unusual way to spread his message about how we take care of the environment. "I took a run at politics once and I told myself, if this doesn't work out, I have to do Fringe," he says.
Read: CBC's review of You, Me & Everything Else
It's his third year of performing at the annual festival, but James still isn't comfortable on the stage. He says he finds it stressful but he does it because he is so passionate about saving the environment. "In many ways we are becoming a threat to the living world," he says.
"Historically our ancestors have always integrated their lives with the living world. In today's world we find ourselves integrating our lives into the economic world and it's such a vast difference."
He does feel like the message is getting through. "I find that our cultural awareness is starting to develop. There's much more movement amongst the people who are concerned about where their food is coming from, the quality of their food and the quality of life that we're experiencing. We're becoming aware that we are destroying the environment that we live in.
"To find yourself in a position of being a storyteller and to have it accepted, that's a very humbling thing."
You, Me & Everything Else is running at Venue 11.
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