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

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...]

A Summer of Theatre 2016 in Victoria BC.

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...]

The Tempest by Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea July 2-August 2, 2015. A review.

The Tempest by Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea July 2015. A review. Victoria is a city rich in outdoor sites for summer cultural events, and one of the most spectacular has to be the seaside from Dallas Road. Robert Light, founder of Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea, now in its fourth season, decided to capitalize on the amazing views of sea, mountains and passing ships for the staging of his festival, which joins the ranks of over … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival Celebrates 25 years in 2015

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival celebrates 25 years in 2015 with 25 alumni. I can't imagine a more wonderful way to spend an evening outdoors than enjoying live theatre--I've written often about the experience at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival on the grounds at Camosun College's Landsdowne Campus.  Over the past few years the society has improved the staging (constructing the Camus portable stage) and in 2014 moved to a … [Read more...]

Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea presents Hamlet and The Tempest at Clover Point Park July 2-August 2 2015

Victoria's Shakespeare by the Sea presents Hamlet and The Tempest at Clover Point Park July 2-August 2 2015. Victoria’s Shakespeare by the Sea embarks on a multi-year exploration of Shakespeare's mind on women,and aims to illuminate the consequences of misogyny with the three year trilogy Shakespeare and Women. “This year we present Hamlet, a young man estranged from his mother. Next year we will do Othello, a middle-aged man suspicious of his … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. The Taming of the Shrew a review.

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. The Taming of the Shrew a review. And now for something completely different—a romantic comedy—The Taming of the Shrew. Having viewed both shows, it becomes evident how the repertory model is reaping benefits—for the actors as they stretch their creative muscles, and for the festival in the quality of the work produced. Deft of speech and swift of feet These players most assurèd be. The troupe … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. Henry V a review.

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. Henry V a review. I love summer! It offers myriad opportunities to spend time outdoors, enjoying concerts, movies, and performances of dance and theatre. I particularly enjoy spending warm summer nights on the lawns of Camosun College for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (produced by the Victoria Shakespeare Society). There is truly something magical about being gathered together in … [Read more...]

When I’m 64. Playreading July 21-23, 2014 Victoria BC

When I’m 64. Playreading July 21-23 2013. Victoria BC. JS Hill’s “ode to older women”, When I’m 64 returns to Victoria July 21-23, 2014 for staged readings at Shakespeare By The Sea in CloverPointPark. Featuring the inter-mingled stories of 7 women—all 64—When I’m 64 takes its audience on a journey through discovery, grief, illness, celebration, transition and change.  These vignettes are sure to resonate, regardless of age, stage, … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014-interview with Karen Lee Pickett, artistic director

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014—interview with Karen Lee Pickett, artistic director. Now in its 24th year, the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (GVSF)—founded in 1991 by Clayton Jevne of Theatre Inconnu as a summer festival in downtown Victoria and produced since 2003 by the Victoria Shakespeare Society—presents Henry V and The Taming of the Shrew on the Camas stage at Camosun College’s Landsdowne Campus.  Earlier this year … [Read more...]

Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride 2014-preview

Theatre Skam’s 6th annual Bike Ride is set to roll July 12/13 and 19/20, 2014 along a 4 km stretch of the Galloping Goose Trail—starting from Cecelia Ravine Park.  This family-friendly, all-ages event features short performances in various locations along the trail. Some of this year’s 14 performances include: a 10 minute edition of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, a Punch and Judy show for peace, stilt walkers from Ottawa, an eco-tale, puppets and more. … [Read more...]