The Hidden City by Scrumpy Theatre June 8-11, 2016. An interview with Julian Cervello.

The Hidden City by Scrumpy Theatre June 8-11, 2016. An interview with Julian Cervello. Local theatre troupe Scrumpy Theatre produces their first original play--The Hidden City, based on an epic poem by Stanley K. Freiberg--June 8-11, 2016 at the Paul Phillips Hall (1923 Fernwood Road).  Director Julian Cervello agreed to answer a few questions. What sparked the creation of this show? This play is the result of four Projects, previous to … [Read more...]

The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs at Langham Court Theatre. A review.

Small Room at the Top of the Stairs at Langham Court Theatre. A review. The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, currently at Langham Court Theatre, November 18-December 6, 2014 is rich, replete with interpretations and claustrophobic in its psychological intensity. Grace (Julie Forrest) has everything a young woman can desire—a rich husband, Henry (Justin Carter) who loves her and showers her with gifts, a beautiful mansion (28 rooms of … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. The Taming of the Shrew a review.

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. The Taming of the Shrew a review. And now for something completely different—a romantic comedy—The Taming of the Shrew. Having viewed both shows, it becomes evident how the repertory model is reaping benefits—for the actors as they stretch their creative muscles, and for the festival in the quality of the work produced. Deft of speech and swift of feet These players most assurèd be. The troupe … [Read more...]

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. Henry V a review.

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 2014. Henry V a review. I love summer! It offers myriad opportunities to spend time outdoors, enjoying concerts, movies, and performances of dance and theatre. I particularly enjoy spending warm summer nights on the lawns of Camosun College for the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival (produced by the Victoria Shakespeare Society). There is truly something magical about being gathered together in … [Read more...]

Theatrical Double Bill – The Lesson, and Essay.

“A Theatrical Double Bill” (Ionesco’s The Lesson and Essay by Hannah Moscovitch) marks the first, in what Victoria audiences can only hope will be further, collaboration between Eric Grace (Dandelion Theatre) and Julian Cervello (Scrumpy Theatre). The partners are actors familiar for their roles with the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Inconnu, and the Victoria Fringe Festival.  When Grace decided to mount The Lesson, he was … [Read more...]

Fringe Fundraiser – Canterbury Cocktails

This is the year for Fringe fundraisers and readings - several have come to my attention lately. Please let me know if you are aware of more and I'll happily promote them through this blog and my various social media streams.  Thanks to Yule Heibel for the link to Julian Cervello of Scrumpy Productions. Photo: David Lowes Julian presents Canterbury Cocktails as a fundraiser Wednesday July 27th at Merlin's Sun Theatre in Fairfield. This intimate … [Read more...]