A Queer Trial by Dr Jennifer Wise. April 13-14 2017 in Bastion Square, Victoria BC.

A Queer Trial by Dr Jennifer Wise. April 13-14 2017 in Bastion Square, Victoria BC. I don’t miss much when it comes to local theatre, but regrettably and unavoidably, I did miss theatre historian Dr. Jennifer Wise’s last production, the historical play Girl Rabbi of the Golden West, staged for the 150th anniversary of Congregation Emanu-El in 2013.  When a note was posted to a local Facebook group informing students in the UVic Theatre … [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...]

Sense and Sensibility by Company C at St Ann’s Academy. A review.

Sense and Sensibility by Company C at St Ann's Academy. A review. With crisp precision and nuanced flourish, under the inspired direction of Glynis Leyshon, CCPA’s Company C brings Jane Austen’s 200 year-old romantic comedy of manners Sense and Sensibility to life in the sumptuous setting of the chapel and grounds of St Ann’s Academy. As readers of my website know, I’m a big fan of site specific theatre; Victoria is fortunate to have … [Read more...]

Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride 2014-preview

Theatre Skam’s 6th annual Bike Ride is set to roll July 12/13 and 19/20, 2014 along a 4 km stretch of the Galloping Goose Trail—starting from Cecelia Ravine Park.  This family-friendly, all-ages event features short performances in various locations along the trail. Some of this year’s 14 performances include: a 10 minute edition of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, a Punch and Judy show for peace, stilt walkers from Ottawa, an eco-tale, puppets and more. … [Read more...]

Theatre SKAM Bike Ride 2013

Theatre SKAM’s Bike Ride is a family-friendly mobile festival of performance along 4 kilometres of the Galloping Goose Trail, starting at Cecelia Ravine Park, July 6/7 and 13/14 in Victoria BC. I first met Matthew Payne, Artistic Director of Theatre SKAM in 2008 when he produced Schoolhouse Rocks at VISA (the Vancouver Island School of Art).  When he announced plans for Bike Ride (loosely based on idea by the Hive Collective in Vancouver), I … [Read more...]

The Path by Impulse Theatre – a review

As the warm July day reaches a soft close and the sun heads slowly west, imbuing the air with golden light, we're gathered in the reception area of The English Inn, a period 1906 McClure mansion, prior to embarking on The Path, the newest site-specific interactive theatre experience from emerging Victoria company, Impulse Theatre. With drinks in hand, we follow our guide down the back stairs and into the magnificent gardens.  She briefly … [Read more...]

Theatre Skam’s Bike Ride 2012

Despite some rather soggy weather on the second weekend, Theatre SKAM’s fourth annual Bike Ride live outdoor theatre festival along the Galloping Goose trail attracted large and enthusiastic crowds of cycling theatre-lovers. Matthew Payne, one of the original founders of Theatre SKAM, based Bike Ride on a concept seen at HIVE in Vancouver where theatre-goers moved from space to space to view mini-plays and vignettes. He first experimented with … [Read more...]

Impulse Theatre presents The Path on the grounds of The English Inn

With summer comes the opportunity to enjoy theatre outdoors.  This year a group of emerging artists, Impulse Theatre, has arranged with the venerable Victoria landmark, The English Inn, to perform their original work The Path on the stunning lawns of this historic McClure mansion. Formerly know as The Old England Inn and home to a replica of Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the site was an absolute must-visit for any tourist to Victoria in the 1980s … [Read more...]