The Rocky Horror Show Live, produced by Atomic Vaudeville, October 19-29, 2016. A review.

The Rocky Horror Show Live, produced by Atomic Vaudeville, October 19-29, 2016. A review. It’s a triple hit wonder—for a third year running, The Rocky Horror Show (on until October 29th at the Metro Studio Theatre) teases and tantalizes with delicious debauchery and show-stopping song and dance numbers. Believe it or not, there are still people who have not seen The Rocky Horror Show—either live or film versions.  What would Hallowe’en be … [Read more...]

The Slipknot by TJ Dawe at the UVic Phoenix Alumni Festival October 18-22, 2016. A review.

The Slipknot by TJ Dawe at the UVic Phoenix Alumni Festival October 18-22, 2016. A review. The years have not dulled the acuity or relevance of TJ Dawe’s narrative, The Slipknot, presented at the inaugural Phoenix “Spotlight on Alumni” in January 2003, and staged once again as part of the Alumni Festival to celebrate the Phoenix’s 50th anniversary. Dawe graduated from UVic in 1997 and quickly became a contender on the Canadian Fringe … [Read more...]

Hildas Yard by Norm Foster at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 7-November 5, 2016. A review.

Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster at the Chemainus Theatre Festival October 7-November 5, 2016. A review. Hilda’s Yard, currently playing at the Chemainus Theatre Festival until November 5, 2016, is a light-hearted reminder of the importance of family when life becomes difficult. Norm Foster is considered to be one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights, popular with theatres—community, school, university and professional—from coast to coast. … [Read more...]

Shop Talk by Theatre SKAM October 13-23, 2016. A review.

Shop Talk by Theatre SKAM, October 13-23, 2016. A review. Theatre SKAM (founded in 1994) built their reputation with off-the-wall, edgy site-specific theatre, at times even drawing attention from the police when the action became a little too “realistic”.  Having hit the big Two-O, the company is definitely not settling down, as signalled with the latest production—Shop Talk, a troubling mind-and-gender bending look at life in a scene … [Read more...]

A Murder is Announced by St Luke’s Players October12-23, 2016. A review.

A Murder is Announced by St Luke’s Players October12-23, 2016. A review. Who doesn’t love a good mystery—particularly when it’s written by the undisputed queen—Agatha Christie, whose books have sold more copies than any other author and publication (except the Bible and the Bard). Originally penned in 1950, and adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon in 1977, A Murder is Announced (the first production in Saint Luke’s Players 68th season) is … [Read more...]

Launch Pad Theatre Company presents Arkenham Abbey at Craigdarroch Castle October 19th – October 31st, 2016

Launch Pad Theatre Company presents Arkenham Abbey at Craigdarroch Castle October 19th – October 31st, 2016. Media release. The Dark Night returns to Craigdarroch Castle! (M Award and Pick-of-the-Fringe winner) Launch Pad Theatre Company brings back their sold out Halloween Spectacular, Arkenham Abbey, a Batmanesque thriller that combines the best elements from the most Gothic Batman comics and spins them into a live horror-comedy. Set … [Read more...]

Our Town by Company C, the Canadian College of Performing Arts. October 20-23, 2016. Interview.

Our Town by Company C, the Canadian College of Performing Arts. October 20-23, 2016. Interview. The Canadian College of Performing Arts’ third year collaborative theatrical collective—Company C—enables students to develop and mount three separate performances between September and February, guided by guest directors. For the 11th Company C season of 2016-2017 the first production is Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Our Town … [Read more...]

The Walrus Talks Youth Leadership in Victoria on October 24 2016

The Walrus Talks Youth Leadership in Victoria on October 24 2016 The Walrus Foundation and RBC Foundation are pleased to announce a special event exploring youth, leaders, ideas, and questions that will shape our future. RBC Foundation Presents The Walrus Talks Youth Leadership takes place on Monday, October 24 at University of Victoria. This is the latest instalment in the popular nationwide Walrus Talks series. The Walrus Talks … [Read more...]

Sleeping Giants by William Head on Stage WHoS October 7-November 5 2016. A review.

Sleeping Giants by William Head on Stage WHoS October 7-November 5 2016. A review. Sleeping Giants currently playing at William Head on Stage (in collaboration with SNAFU) is SNAFU’s founder Ingrid Hansen first introduced devised theatre to the men at William Head in 2010—the result was CHALK, a silent movement-based piece.  In the intervening years, they have gone on to imagine Fractured Fables (a series of fairy tales based on inmates' … [Read more...]

Shop Talk by Theatre SKAM October 13-23. Realtor saves production from cancellation.

Shop Talk by Theatre SKAM October 13-23. Realtor saves production from cancellation. Media release. October 6, 2016: Theatre SKAM’s next performance nearly didn’t happen at all. Thanks to a generous landlord and some quick work by Cushman and Wakefield’s Elizabeth Jane Mears, the show ?Shop? Talk will go on- in Quadra Village. Originally slated to occur inside a 10,000 square foot scene shop, the show will now occur inside a … [Read more...]