Kaleidoscope Sixth Annual Family Theatre Festival June 9,10 and 16. Preview.

Kaleidoscope Family Theatre Festival June 9,10 and 16. Preview.  The Family Theatre Festival: 3 Days of Great Performances, 2 New Locations, and a World Premiere! Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People is proud to announce our upcoming Family Theatre Festival, taking place on June 9th and 10th at the Belfry Theatre, and June 16th in Langford. For our sixth year, Kaleidoscope is delighted to be expanding our festival, reaching out to … [Read more...]

A Summer of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC.

A Summer of Theatre 2018 in Victoria BC.   Victoria Fringe Festival line-up at the Metro Studio Theatre. Photo: Derek Ford. Summer is a time of festivals and outdoor events, perfect for unwinding and experiencing theatre in venues outside of the "norm"--although there are still plenty of indoor shows too.  Here's the line-up as of May 29th. June All My Sons by Arthur Miller Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre May 29-June 10 Arthur … [Read more...]

Red Phone Project at UNO Fest 2018 Interview with Jay Dodge

Red Phone Project at UNO Fest 2018 Interview with Jay Dodge Intrepid Theatre's UNO Fest, now in its twenty-first year, runs May 9-19, 2018 in Victoria BC.  It features eighteen shows, including two as part of the new Family Fest Series, and a spotlight on women's indigenous voices with a guest indigenous curator, Yolanda Bonnell. I'll be featuring interviews, previews and reviews during the festival. Follow … [Read more...]

SPARK Festival 2018 at the Belfry Theatre March 8-25, 2018

SPARK Festival 2018 at the Belfry Theatre March 8-25, 2018 Victoria has an abundance of theatre festivals and the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival is one of my favourites.  It kick-starts the festival season in early spring; there are many FREE events (mini-plays, Belfry 101, play readings, concerts and a Hootenanny); there are opportunities to see vibrant, current work by artists not often seen on Victoria stages; it attracts a different … [Read more...]

Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 an overview

Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 an overview of the 31st annual festival August 23-September 3 2017. Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love the Fringe. I've gone from seeing more shows for the 20th anniversary (2006) than in the previous 20 years COMBINED, to volunteering (2007-2013), to writing previews (2010 on) to providing complete coverage of the festival with "picks", previews, media releases and reviews (30 last year and close … [Read more...]

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMpede July 14-16 2017

Theatre SKAM presents SKAMpede July 14-16 2017 One of my favourite summer-time experiences is Theatre SKAM's SKAMpede.  I love the feeling of the wind in my hair as I zip from show to show. Now in its ninth year this summer festival (formerly known as Bike Ride) introduces audiences to a mobile feast of short works along the Galloping Goose Trail.  Originally meant for audiences who meandered by bike from venue to venue along a series of … [Read more...]

Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2017. A review.

Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2017. A review. Oh to have the wit and erudition of the noble lords and ladies of Navarre and France.  Janet Munsil directs the light, airy and playful word feast, Love’s Labour’s Lost, perfect for summer viewing on the grounds of Camosun College Landsdowne campus as part of the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (July 4-29, 2017). Be prepared for quick repartee and … [Read more...]

Macbeth at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival July 4-29, 2017. A review.

Macbeth at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival July 4-29, 2017. A review. What a treat to be ensconced in a comfortable seat, on the beautiful grounds of Camosun College Landsdowne Campus on a soft summer evening, imagining the rocky outcroppings as the Scottish Highlands, waiting for Macbeth to begin. Perhaps one of Shakespeare’s most recognized tragedies, many will have studied this work in high school or university English.  … [Read more...]

A Summer of Theatre 2017 in Victoria BC

A Summer of Theatre 2017 June-August in Victoria BC Ah, summer, and the chance to slow down and partake of outdoor festivals, classical theatre, innovative new works and fundraisers.  This information is accurate to June 1st and will be updated as needed. Waiting for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival performance to begin. A quintessential Victoria experience. June Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin, directed by Janet Munsil Blue … [Read more...]

A Queer Trial by Dr Jennifer Wise. April 13-14 2017 in Bastion Square, Victoria BC.

A Queer Trial by Dr Jennifer Wise. April 13-14 2017 in Bastion Square, Victoria BC. I don’t miss much when it comes to local theatre, but regrettably and unavoidably, I did miss theatre historian Dr. Jennifer Wise’s last production, the historical play Girl Rabbi of the Golden West, staged for the 150th anniversary of Congregation Emanu-El in 2013.  When a note was posted to a local Facebook group informing students in the UVic Theatre … [Read more...]