Dream Another Day at UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Meagan O’Shea.

Dream Another Day at UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Meagan O'Shea. Meagan O’Shea of Stand Up Dance has a long history of creating solo shows. Victoria audiences may remember her from The Atomic Weight of Happiness at UNO 2012. What sparked the creation of this show? Rape culture The inheritance of the imperative to keep secrets The fact that now we’re in a truth telling and believing moment there is still the training to not … [Read more...]

UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Guest Indigenous Curator Yolanda Bonnell

UNO Fest 2018. Interview with Guest Indigenous Curator Yolanda Bonnell. Yolanda Bonnell is the very first guest curator at UNO Fest. She kindly answered questions not only about her role as curator, but also as the creator of bug, one of the shows in the festival. How do you see your role as Guest Indigenous Curator? Well I was definitely honoured to be asked to be guest curator for the festival.  I see it as an opportunity to … [Read more...]

UNO Fest 2018. Interview with curator Heather Lindsay of Intrepid Theatre

UNO Fest 2018. Interview with curator Heather Lindsay of Intrepid Theatre.  UNO Fest  is Canada's longest running solo theatre festival, now in its twenty first year. Produced by Intrepid Theatre it has been curated since 2017 by Executive Director Heather Lindsay after the retirement of long-time artistic director Janet Munsil. “This year we’ve made a conscious choice to put the spotlight on indigenous women’s voices by opening up the … [Read more...]

Last Train In by Adam Grant-Warren. A review.

Last Train In by Adam Grant-Warren. A review. An audience is often complicit in how a story is told—particularly for solo artists (on the Fringe circuit and elsewhere).  Popular narratives sell tickets, thus engendering more popular narratives, ad infinitum.  Love conquers all, coming of age, overcoming a challenge—these are some of the more common tropes.  Equally popular is “person with a disability triumphs”. During the Diversity Panel … [Read more...]

I’m Doing This For You by Haley McGee. Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Review.

I’m Doing This For You by Haley McGee. Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Review. Underneath the winsome veneer and placating manner, Haley McGee’s character in the darkly disturbing (and oh-so-funny) I’m Doing This For You is brilliantly fragile, seesawing between conspiratorially recruiting the audience into her party plans, and despair as events swiftly go off the rails. From the outset, she’s the perfect hostess, seeking help with blowing … [Read more...]

4 1/2 (ig)noble truths by Thomas McKechnie at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. A review.

4 1/2 (ig)noble truths by Thomas McKechnie at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. A review. Raw, chaotic, poetic—4 ½ (ig)noble truths by Thomas McKechie at the 20th annual UNO Fest gets under your skin and worms its way into your psyche with a never ending onslaught of words, thoughts and actions. The set design is meticulous—tall white pillars constructed of Coroplast, edged in blue, and a low table, each topped with a range of objects—a … [Read more...]

Quiver at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Anna Chatterton.

Quiver at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Anna Chatterton. What sparked the creation of this show (can you speak to the creation process)? Is this your first one person show? This is my first solo show! This story is inspired by my teenage self and is a fictional account of that time in my life. I am playing a fictional and dramatic version of myself, my older sister, and my mother. I wrote Quiver as my thesis project … [Read more...]

Small Town Hoser Spic at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan.

Small Town Hoser Spic at Intrepid Theatre Uno Fest 2017. Interview with Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan. Derek Chan and Pedro Chamale are rice and beans theatre. What sparked the creation of this show? Is this Pedro’s first one person show? Derek: I’ll leave the spark of creation in regards to this specific piece to Pedro, but in general, a lot of our work comes from bouncing ideas back and forth between the two of us. Even outside of … [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...]