Theatre Inconnu announces 2015 season

Theatre Inconnu announces 2015 season.  Victoria BC.

I’m a big fan of Theatre Inconnu since first being introduced to the company in 2005 when they produced George Riga’s Ecstasy of Rita Joe.  Consistently, over the years, I have come to rely on their programming for some of the most challenging theatre in Victoria.  Working with minimal budget and a combination of community and equity actors and crew, artistic director Clayton Jevne continues to confront expectations.  Theatre Inconnu, founded in 1978 is Victoria’s longest surviving alternative theatre company and is located at 1923 Fernwood Avenue in the Little Fernwood Hall.

I’ll be on pins and needles for the entire year as I anticipate Spit Delaney’s Island, a collaboration with the great Vancouver Island novelist Jack Hodgins and playwright Charles Tidler, but know the entire season will be strong and full of surprises.

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Alien Creature: A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwan by Linda Griffiths
February 17 – March 7

Gwendolyn MacEwan was one of Canada’s greatest poets and Linda Griffiths was one of Canada’s finest playwrights. Griffiths has created a magical text of story-telling in which the ghost of MacEwan visits a contemporary audience to tell tales of her life, her work, her inspiration – and her death.

Griffiths does not try to emulate the inimitable style of MacEwan’s writing, but wisely, and theatrically, follows her own instincts as a playwright so that we are in awe of both the content and the form. This play was a Governor General Award nominee.

“An engrossing and convincing evocation of the creative spirit.” The Globe and Mail

Preview 8pm: Feb 17
: Feb 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, Mar 3, 5, 6, 7
: Feb 21, 28, Mar 7

Cockfight by Mike Bartlett
May 5 – May 23

Mike Bartlett is one of most exciting and acclaimed new British playwrights. He examines with wit and sensitivity the confusion around sexual identity. The main character, John, has been in a stable relationship with his boyfriend for years. But when he takes a break, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. He doesn’t know which way to turn. His boyfriend is willing to wait for him to make a decision, but so is his girlfriend. John must decide who he is, and what he is. This award winning play tackles head-on, a subject that is gaining wider public discussion.

“A terrific comedy…Hypnotic and utterly contemporary.” NY Times

Preview 8pm: May 5
: May 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23
: May 9, 16, 23


If We Were Birds by Erin Shields
September 29 – October 17

This recent play, by one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, was a Governor General Award winner. If We Were Birds – based upon the ancient Greek myth by Ovid – tells the story of King Tereus and represents a harrowing exploration of violence and revenge, focusing upon the treatment and suffering of women in times of conflict, with contemporary references to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Nanking, and Berlin. The style of writing is a powerful mixture of classical and modern, tied together by a superior poetical skill.

“A stunning new play”. The Globe and Mail

Preview 8pm: Sept 29
: Sept 30, Oct 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
: Oct 3, 10, 17


Spit Delaney’s Island by Charles Tidler, based on the short story by Jack Hodgins December 1 – December 19

Local internationally lauded writer Hodgins’ original book of short stories of the same name won the Eaton’s Book Prize and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. Charles Tidler is a local playwright, novelist, and poet of international renown. Both writers are eager to work with Theatre Inconnu on further adapting this script, which was originally produced in the early 1990s’. Spit Delaney is a steam locomotive operator whose skills are no longer needed. His loss of identity is touchingly and humourously portrayed through encounters with characters who are both real and mystical.

“Jack Hodgins has done for the people of Vancouver Island what… Faulkner did for the American South. He has burned them into the national consciousness.” The Gazette (Montreal)

Preview 8pm: Dec 18pm: Dec 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19

2pm: Dec 5, 12, 19

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Our venue is located at 1923 Fernwood Road.

With a Subscription you will pay:

Regular Admission

$42 for 4 show (or $10.50 per show)

Senior & Student Admission

$30 for 4 shows (or $7.50 per show)

Without a Subscription you would pay:

Regular Admission

$56 for 4 shows (or $14 per show)

Senior & Student Admission

$40 for 4 shows (or $10 per show)

Tickets are also available through TicketRocket.

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