Just An Ordinary Lawyer. An interview with Tayo Aluko. Coming February 2, 2017 in Victoria BC.

Just An Ordinary Lawyer. An interview with Tayo Aluko. Coming February 2, 2017 in Victoria BC. Victoria audiences may remember Tayo Aluko for  his previous performances here of Call Mr Robeson. A Life, With Songs in 2013 and again in 2015. He returns February 2nd, presented by Intrepid Theatre in collaboration with the BC Black History Awareness Society with his latest piece Just An Ordinary Lawyer, about the life of Britain's first black … [Read more...]

Theatre Inconnu announces their 2017 season

Theatre Inconnu announces their 2017 season Founded in the late 1970s by Clayton Jevne and Katya Aho-Kearn, Theatre Inconnu is Victoria's longest running alternative theatre company, producing high quality and innovative work from the Paul Phillips Hall (Little Fernwood Hall) in an intimate 70 seat venue.  I've been a fan since the fall of 2004 when I saw a production of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe  performed in the round that was as impactful as … [Read more...]

2017 The Year of Reconciliation

2017 The Year of Reconciliation Harmony by Robin Rewa Haworth 1996 Readers will know that most years, rather than resolutions, I set themes for the year to come.  Last year's was The Year of Writing Daily and while I fell far short of this "goal" I did have my work I need no reference book to know (about the work of Joseph Drapell) featured in the Art-Poem-Art Experiment (and chap book) by Camosun College Visual Arts Department, won first place … [Read more...]

Next to Normal at Langham Court Theatre September 28-October 15, 2016. A review.

Next to Normal at Langham Court Theatre September 28-October 15, 2016. A review. Next to Normal, the 88th season opener for Langham Court Theatre, is a heady mixture of high-powered music and complex drama. Musical theatre lovers will applaud this timely and vocally challenging work, while fans of traditional theatre will appreciate the sensitive exploration of family dysfunction and mental illness. Next to Normal is a modern behemoth … [Read more...]

Dance Victoria requests proposals for 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize until November 15, 2016

Dance Victoria requests proposals for 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize until November 15, 2016.  (Media release) Dance Victoria is now accepting proposals from western Canadian dance artists to be considered for the 2017 Chrystal Dance Prize for Independent Dance Artists. This award is Canada’s richest dance prize for international collaboration supporting new works by independent dance artists living in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, … [Read more...]

She Stoops to Conquer at Langham Court Theatre, June 8-25, 2016. A review.

She Stoops to Conquer at Langham Court Theatre, June 8-25, 2016. A review. Equal parts comedy of romance, manners, errors and situation, She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, with its sharp observations and witty banter, transcends time and place. Originally written in 1773, the version currently onstage at Langham Court Theatre (June 8-25, 2016) has been adapted by director Toshik Bukowiecki to the 1920s—a time of shifting societal … [Read more...]

Flotsam and Jetsam Life on the West Coast by The Other Guys Theatre Company. A review.

Flotsam and Jetsam: Life on the West Coast by the Other Guys Theatre Company. A review. Reviving a formula honed in their last revue, Good Timber, and with a number of the same collaborators (Colleeen Eccleston, Kelt Eccleston and Mark Hellman), joined by newcomer Rachel Capon (most notably on bass), Ross Desprez and Tobin Stokes of The Other Guys Theatre Company bring to life, in spirited and succinct fashion, what it means to live on … [Read more...]

Laissez-Faire at Uno Fest 2016. An interview with Freya Olafson.

Laissez-Faire at Uno Fest 2016. An interview with Freya Olafson. Laissez-Faire is being presented May 27 and 28th in a double bill with okay.odd (by Milton Lim) at Uno Fest 2016.  I had the opportunity to interview Freya Olafson. What sparked the creation of this show? ‘Laissez-Faire’ was commissioned by and created for Ainsley Hillyard as a solo performance work; it was developed with the generous support of the Alberta Foundation for … [Read more...]

Private Lives by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. A review.

Private Lives by Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. A review. July 7-25, 2015 in Victoria BC. Light and airy, with an definite bite—like the warm summer air wafting in when cool fog hangs in Georgia Strait—that hints at darker undertones, Private Lives by Noel Coward (currently at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre July 7-25, 2015), is perfectly paced and impeccably faithful to the spirit and tone of this 1930 creation, considered to be one of the … [Read more...]

Romeo and Juliet by the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival. A review.

Romeo and Juliet at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2015. A review. July 8-August 8, 2015 in Victoria BC. There is a haunting quality to director Christopher Weddell’s version of Romeo and Juliet (currently at the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival on the grounds of Camosun College Landsdowne campus July 8-August 8, 2015)—a profound sense of young, headstrong, willful individuals embroiled in perilous situations far above their … [Read more...]