Roller Derby Saved My Soul at OUTstages Festival 2016. An interview with Nancy Kenny.

Roller Derby Saved My Soul

Roller Derby Saved My Soul at OUTstages Festival 2016. An interview with Nancy Kenny. She's back! Nancy Kenny returns with her hit one-woman show to the 2nd annual OUTstages Festival produced by Intrepid Theatre. What sparked the creation of this show? I've been participating in Fringes since 2002. I always admired one person shows. I never knew how to approach it until one day I read an article about roller derby in Ottawa. It was the … [Read more...]

Seventh Annual Summer So(u)lstice at Royal Oak Burial Park. June 25, 2016.

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Seventh Annual Summer So(u)lstice at Royal Oak Burial Park. June 25, 2016. When my husband Yves Loran passed away in 2001, I did what many people do--keep his cremated ashes at home--while I made a decision about a final resting place.  Many years later, after exploring all options, and remembering that my beloved grandfather was buried at Royal Oak Burial Park (ROBP), we chose a columbarium nestled in a grove of trees.  Royal Oak Burial … [Read more...]

Pretty Good Not Bad Festival June 17-19 2016. Preview.

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Pretty Good Not Bad Festival June 17-19 2016. Preview. A new festival for Victoria BC. When noted musical improviser Dan Godlovitch contacted me with news of a new festival—I was intrigued.  Over the years I’ve come to know Dan more for his work with Paper Street Theatre Co, but others will recognize him from The Krells, Urban Therapy, Cloud Sounds and CFUV. Media release follows: Pretty Good Not Bad (PGNB) is a brand new festival … [Read more...]

A Summer of Theatre 2016 in Victoria BC.

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A Summer of Theatre 2016 in Victoria BC. Ah—summer! The regular theatre season concludes and audiences can look forward to festivals and evenings outdoors.  Although the volume slows down somewhat, there are still plenty of wonderful seasonal surprises for your viewing pleasure. This list is current as of June 1 2016.  I will continue to update it as shows are announced. June 2016 Pizazz and All That Jazz at Jim Pattison Toyota a … [Read more...]

ana by Impulse Theatre at Uno Fest 2016. A review.

ana by Impulse Theatre Uno Fest 2016

Ana by Impulse Theatre at Uno Fest 2016. A review. Emerging artist—these words are fraught with meaning and interpretation.  How long does one emerge?  When can a company consider itself to be established? With ana, currently at Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest May 26-28, 2016, Impulse Theatre confirms, once again, their place in the region’s burgeoning arts scene, and as “part of the current great cultural shift” (my comments following Wolf in … [Read more...]

In the Blue of Evening at Uno Fest 2016. A review.

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In the Blue of the Evening at Uno Fest 2016. A review. The blue hour (that dusky time twixt day and night) has long been associated with romance and longing.  It’s a favourite time for photographers when landscapes take on an aura of mystery—a period the French call “entre chien et loup”, between dog and wolf, since it’s hard to distinguish the two in this shadowy light. In dementia, the blue hour leads to sundowning, a symptom in which … [Read more...]

The Unfortunate Ruth at Uno Fest 2016. A review.

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The Unfortunate Ruth at Uno Fest 2016. A review. Uno Fest audiences will remember Tara Travis from her performance in The Six Wives of Henry the Eight (Uno 2014) a multi-character, rapid-paced and highly comical historical “play of possibility”.  Her facility to switch characters and accents engendered such buzz and audiences that the show was moved from the Intrepid Theatre Club to the much larger Metro Studio, and sold-out. In The … [Read more...]

Inside/Out at Uno Fest 2016. Interview with Patrick Keating.

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Inside/Out at Uno Fest 2016.  Interview with Patrick Keating. Inside/Out is part of Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest 2016.  I had the opportunity to interview Patrick Keating. What sparked the creation of this show? I had been thinking of writing the story for over a decade but I was reluctant to because most of the people in the theatre community (Keating is an actor with an impressive list of film, television and stage credits to his name) … [Read more...]

Lavinia at Uno Fest 2016. An interview with Jon Lachlan Stewart.

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Lavinia at Uno Fest 2016.  Interview with Jon Lachlan Stewart. Lavinia is part of Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest 2016.  I had the opportunity to interview Jon Lachlan Stewart. What sparked the creation of this show? The event that sparked the creation of this show was the attack on Jyoti Singh in Delhi, December 2012.  I was shocked, outraged, and began to look into how our society still enables violence against women. How does this … [Read more...]

Rzeka Czasu: River of Time at Uno Fest 2016. An interview with Grace Salez.

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Rzeka Czasu: River of Time at Uno Fest 2016. An interview with Grace Salez. Rzeka Czasu us part of Intrepid Theatre's Uno Fest 2016.  I had the opportunity to interview Grace Salez, the author. What sparked the creation of this show?  The spark was a solo performance workshop that Lina de Guevara was giving at Royal Roads in 2014. I did a short piece about my mother. Lina liked what I presented and asked if I had more material. I … [Read more...]