Ten Theatre Festivals for 2016 in Victoria BC.

Ten Theatre Festivals for 2016 in Victoria BC Victoria is a city of theatre with over 50 companies (both large and small, new and established, traditional and emerging) regularly producing work.  This is the year the Belfry Theatre celebrates its 40th season, Paper Street Theatre celebrates its fifth and the Victoria Fringe Festival turns 30!  As I began to catalogue the many events audiences  can look forward to in 2016, I came to the … [Read more...]

21 Ways to Make the World Last Longer. Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2016. A review.

21 Ways to Make the World Last Longer. Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2016. A review. Exquisite enchantment and home-spun wisdom couple in 21 Ways to Make the World Last Longer—currently celebrating its world premiere at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival (March 22-26, 2016). In a series of short vignettes, the personages in Cathy Stubington (Runaway Moon Theatre) and James Tait’s original work come to life with alacrity.  Craftsmanship is … [Read more...]

The Gay Heritage Project at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2016. A review.

The Gay Heritage Project at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2016. A review. Begin with what you know—or, in the case of Damian Atkins, Paul Dunn and Andrew Kushnir, the uber-creative team responsible for The Gay Heritage Project (currently at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival March 22-26, 2016)—what you do not know. In an entertaining, challenging, and at-times-breezy compendium that simultaneously dives deep into intimate details and sweeps the … [Read more...]

Huff by Cliff Cardinal at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2016. A review.

Huff by Cliff Cardinal at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2016. A review. Huff by Cliff Cardinal balances on the razor’s edge of light and dark, humour and despair, myth and reality. It’s one thing to know the sobering statistics, and another to enter, albeit briefly, the tortured and tormented lives of young isolated First Nations kids involved in solvent abuse. Cliff Cardinal in Huff. Photo: AKIPARI Sparing no grim detail, Cardinal, in a … [Read more...]

Iceland by Nicholas Billon at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2016. A review.

Iceland by Nicholas Billon at Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival 2016. A review. Intense focus and crystalline dialogue propel the economic thriller Iceland, by Governor-General-award-winner Nicolas Billon (WhyNot Theatre), currently onstage at the Belfry Theatre SPARK Festival (March 15-19, 2016). Discordant strings (sound designer Richard Feren) thrum and whine—setting an uneasy feeling even before the action begins. Set design (Joanna Yu) is … [Read more...]

Belfry Theatre presents SPARK Festival 2016 March 11-26.

Belfry Theatre presents SPARK Festival 2016 March 11-26. From March 11 – 26, the Belfry Theatre’s SPARK Festival will feature over 50 performances and events, including a free all-ages dance party (Hootenanny) and an interactive play reading where audience members become the actors in Innocence Lost – a play about Steven Truscott. Full descriptions and details are available at www.sparkfestival.ca. Highlights include: Nicolas … [Read more...]