A Spring of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC. March-May.

A Spring of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC. March-May. Spring signifies renewal, rebirth and growth, and nowhere is this more evident than in Victoria's burgeoning theatre ecosystem where the period from March to the end of May will see  more than SIXTY shows, cabarets, fundraisers, play readings and festivals, including the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival and the TD Festival of New Works at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in March, Paper … [Read more...]

A Winter of Theatre January February 2018 in Victoria BC.

A Winter of Theatre January February 2018 in Victoria BC. It's official! There is no longer any downtime in theatre in Victoria BC.  The holiday pantomimes produced by Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People, St Luke's Players and Peninsula Players as well as Launch Pad Theatre's radio play and Atomic Vaudeville's NYE Cabaret are barely finished before Castlereigh Theatre Project and Bema Productions kick the year off in high style with two … [Read more...]

ThySelf by Broken Rhythms March 16/17 in Victoria BC. Media release.

ThySelf by Broken Rhythms March 16/17 in Victoria BC. Media release. ThySelf –The newest piece from Victoria’s innovative indie dance company Broken Rhythms explores anxiety, self-sabotage and identity through dance.  ThySelf premieres March 16+17 at the Metro Theatre. ThySelf explores who we are in public, in private and who we strive to be through movement, breath, and rhythm. Dancers explore the fractured self that comes together to … [Read more...]

Paper Street Theatre 26 hour Improvathon March 2/3 in Victoria BC.

Paper Street Theatre 26 hour Improvathon March 2/3 in Victoria BC. (Media release) VICTORIA - Dozens of local performers will take to the stage for more than a day to raise funds for the 3rd annual Paper Street Theatre Improv Festival.   “We are going to improvise for a full 26 hours without stopping,” said director Dave Morris. “That’s a lot of making stuff up! This is our third year doing the Improvathon and every year it gets bigger and … [Read more...]

Victoria Composers Collective Call for Scores for New Music Festival. Media release.

Victoria Composers' Collective Call for Scores for Oak Bay New Music Festival. Media release. Founded in 2015, the collective has staged concerts, toured the province and been a major contributor to the Oak Bay New Music Festival.  Below please find their internal and external calls for scores for the Oak Bay New Music Festival (June 2/3 in Victoria BC). Photo: Aaron Licht Dear Composers, The Victoria Composers Collective and Oak Bay … [Read more...]

Victoria Storytellers Guild March 2018 events

Victoria Storytellers Guild March 2018 events The Victoria Storytellers Guild, founded in 1989, has a long history of "telling" in the community. Join them in March for the following events.   Mar 19 :  WORLD STORYTELLING DAY Myths, Magic and Mirth Doors at 7pm; Stories at 7:30pm $5 / $3 .    Refreshments served Victoria Storyteller's Guild victoriastorytellers.org  250.370.2964 World Storytelling Day is celebrated … [Read more...]

ProArt Victoria announces Regional Arts Award

ProArt Victoria announces Regional Arts Award. (Media Release) Victoria, Canada (February 15, 2018)—The Professional Arts Alliance of Greater Victoria (ProArt) announces the launch of the first Regional Arts Award. ProArt President David MacPherson says, “Arts awards happen in many communities across Canada and are an excellent means of recognizing the achievement and contribution of outstanding artists while raising the profile of … [Read more...]

Crimes of the Heart at UVic Phoenix Theatre. A review.

Crimes of the Heart at UVic Phoenix Theatre. A review. In 2018, Beth Henley’s southern-based drama Crimes of the Heart (set in small town Mississippi in 1974 and at the University of Victoria Phoenix Theatre February 13-24, 2018) is problematic—on one hand, it’s the story of three sisters bonded through a troubled childhood, on uneasy terms with one another as adults; on the other it’s a fine example of racism so pervasive as to be invisible, … [Read more...]

Neva by Guillermo Calderon at Theatre Inconnu. A review.

Neva by Guillermo Calderon at Theatre Inconnu. A review. Three actors. One stage. Minimal set décor. Costumes, lighting and classical music.  Neva by Guillermon Calderon (at Theatre Inconnu February 13-March 3 2018) as imagined by director Clayton Jevne and his ensemble, is theatre reduced to its essential elements; theatre relying solely on the director’s interpretation and the cast’s ability to carry it through ninety minutes of in-depth … [Read more...]

Pendulum An Indigenous Showcase. Interview with Lindsay Delaronde.

Pendulum An Indigenous Showcase. Interview with Lindsay Delaronde. Lindsay Delaronde was chosen in 2017 as the City of Victoria’s first Indigenous Artist in Residence and over the past year has initiated a number of performances, workshops and talks.  February 23/24 at the Belfry Theatre she presents Pendulum: An Indigenous Showcase. I wanted to learn more about her statement (emphasis mine) “Pendulum brings new life into the context … [Read more...]

Once at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review.

Once at the Chemainus Theatre Festival. A review. Once (currently at the Chemainus Theatre Festival to March 10) is a breath of fresh air in the world of the contemporary musical. Once had an unusual progression to the stage, and a backstory to rival the script—originally conceived by John Carney as a low-budget Irish film, songwriters Glen Hansard (frontman of The Flames, an indie rock group of some repute) and Markéta Irglová (a young … [Read more...]