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...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2017 season

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2017 season A mainstay in summer performance in Victoria, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 27th season with Macbeth  directed by Kate Rubin and Karen Lee Pickett and Love's Labour's Lost directed by Janet Munsil, and announces a new collaboration in partnership with the Township Community Arts Council (Esquimalt). There is simply something magical about being outdoors, in the … [Read more...]

Gather by Passing Through Theatre at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

Gather by Passing Through Theatre at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview with Lily Sutherland and Erin Morgan. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? This will be Passing Through Theatre's second year producing original work on the Fringe circuit. Last year we produced a play at the Toronto Fringe Festival and this year we are back with a completely different show which we have … [Read more...]

Theatre SKAM 2016-2017 season

Theatre SKAM 2016-2017 season Theatre SKAM was formed in 1995 by four emerging artists (Sarah Donald, Karen Turner, Amiel Gladstone, and Matthew Payne) as a means for the creation and production of new work. Since that time they have served as a hub for other emerging artists, particularly with the advent of Bike Ride (now SKAMPEDE)--a mobile feast of theatre along the Galloping Goose--in 2009. Fashion Machine at George Jay April 30th, … [Read more...]

Twelfth Night at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review.

Twelfth Night at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review. July 6-30, 2016 This iteration marks the fourth time this well-known comedy of mistaken identity is produced by the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. Director Janet Munsil continues a long tradition of adaptation with the choice to gender-switch the cast; all the men’s roles are played by women and the women’s roles by men. There is such felicity in the decision a … [Read more...]

The Winter’s Tale at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review.

The Winter’s Tale at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2016. A review. Not since 1992 have Victoria audiences had the pleasure of seeing Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.  The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, now in its 26th season, has grown from strength to strength with the decision, in 2014, to employ a repertory model for the company. This year’s mentor actors are Trevor Hinton a master of highly physical movement and … [Read more...]