Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with costume designer Graham McMonagle.

Born Yesterday at Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre. Interview with costume designer Graham McMonagle. Since 2014, costume designer Graham McMonagle has worked in close association with Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, on Lagrimas Crueles (Cruel Tears) and Gaslight in 2014, Private Lives in 2015 and The Importance of Being Earnest in 2016.  During this period, he also obtained his MFA from the University of Victoria where his designs were featured … [Read more...]

The Secrets of Naming Clouds Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Kerri Flanagan.

The Secrets of Naming Clouds Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Kerri Flanagan. What sparked the creation of this show? I heard a radio program about a symbol-based language, Blissymbols, and the utopic inspirations of the man, Charles Bliss, who created this language. Growing up in my family we used a symbol-based language to communicate with my sibling, Heather, who mostly communicates non-verbally. I heard this radio program … [Read more...]

Charisma Furs Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Katie Sly.

Charisma Furs Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Katie Sly. Can you speak to the creation process for Charisma Furs—how long it was in development, the collaboration with Jonathan (Seinen)?  What sparked the creation of this show?  Jonathan and I met in 2012, when he was co-facilitating a performance mentorship program for LGBTQ youth at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. I was one of the youth lucky enough to participate … [Read more...]

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Langham Court Theatre April 19-May 6 2017. A review.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at Langham Court Theatre April 19-May 6 2017. A review. Crackling with energy, suspense, intrigue and thrills, and filled with dazzling special effects, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (at Langham Court Theatre April 19-May 6, 2017) keeps the audience on the edge of their seats with a masterful blend of drama and horror. Lights flicker, sparks fly, the very air thrums with intensity as Dr. Jekyll (Wayne Yercha) hovers over … [Read more...]

The Dream Collectors by Impulse Theatre April 19-22, 2017. A review.

The Dream Collector(s) by Impulse Theatre April 19-22, 2017. A review. Impulse Theatre has been enchanting and confounding me since 2012.  I remember watching Andrew Barrett and Mathilde Cobanli performing in Light on Our Feet (Holly Vivian’s sadly departed fundraiser featuring dance artists from around the region), thinking “I must meet these young people, they are doing ground-breaking work”.  Now in their seventh season, Impulse Theatre was … [Read more...]

2 Pianos 4 Hands at the Chemainus Theatre Festival April 7-May 14, 2017. A review.

2 Pianos 4 Hands at the Chemainus Theatre Festival April 7-May 14, 2017. A review. When Ted (Max Roll) and Richard (Bryce Kulak) walk onstage and begin goofing around with the piano benches before sitting down to play the first tentative notes, the emotional connection is immediate—I grew up the eldest child in a family with a piano. There was no question that I would have piano lessons. Many years later my children endured endless reminders … [Read more...]

SPIN by Evalyn Parry at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2017. A review.

SPIN by Evalyn Parry at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2017. A review. Musical love poem, feminist manifesto and history lesson, all rolled into one, SPIN by Evalyn Parry (Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival March 14-18, 2017) is a life-affirming, joy-filled celebration of the bicycle. SPIN is a polished performance piece—incorporating spoken word, projections and video (design: Beth Kates), songs (as well as an amazing percussion bicycle) and … [Read more...]

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...]