The Charming of the Shrew by Launch Pad Theatre Co March 31-April 9 2016 at Craigdarroch Castle

The Charming of the Shrew by Launch Pad Theatre Co March 31-April 9 2016 at Craigdarroch Castle. In the elegant surroundings of a beautiful mansion, a group of cultured ladies and gentlemen bid you welcome as they proceed to desport themselves for your enjoyment.  David Radford and Christina Patterson of Launch Pad Theatre Co. present a vigorous modern version of Shakespeare’s classic, now re-named, The Charming of the Shrew. As a conceit, … [Read more...]

Blackbird by Theatre Inconnu – a review

David Harrower’s play Blackbird, currently at Theatre Inconnu, brings to light the morally complicated lives of two individuals, linked previously in a power-imbalanced relationship when the female protagonist was 12. Now 27, Una (Jess Amy Shead) tracks down Ray (Graham McDonald), and confronts her abuser. What follows is a tense, staccato exchange where sympathies ebb and flow.  Harrower’s dialogue has been compared to Mamet’s, and … [Read more...]

The Walworth Farce by Theatre Inconnu – review

It took 18 tries before Graham McDonald, Theatre Inconnu’s Associate Artistic Director, was able to secure the rights to Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce (on now at Little Fernwood Hall until June 16th). For his patience,Victoria audiences are about to be rewarded with a diaspora tale-within- a-tale, a farce of mythical proportions and great black-comedic appeal. Walsh is a leading light in contemporary Irish theatre, coming to prominence at … [Read more...]

Theatre Inconnu announces their 2012 season

It promises to be another fantastic season at Theatre Inconnu in 2012. Consistently producing some of the most challenging theatre I have the pleasure of seeing in any given year, on a bare-bones budget, with semi-professional actors, and mentoring emerging theatre artists, Theatre Inconnu merits your attention!  Established in 1978 by Katya Kern-Aho and Clayton Jevne, they are Victoria's longest surviving alternative theatre company.  The list … [Read more...]

Moscow Stations by Theatre Inconnu, Fundraiser Performances

Theatre Inconnu is Victoria's longest surviving alternative theatre company, established in 1978 by Katya Kern-Aho and Clayton Jevne.  I've been a fan since 2005 when they produced The Ecstasy of Rita Joe in the round using masks. The play was almost 40 years old but this hard-hitting treatment made is as relevant to today's audience as it was in 1967. Why had it taken me so long to appreciate their offerings?  During the 1980s and 1990s I was … [Read more...]