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Theatre for Living: Us and Them -- The Inquiry

David Diamond and two actor/audience members at work. Photo: Milan Radovanovic
The artistic director of Vancouver's Headlines Theatre Company discusses their groundbreaking new community theatre project.

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Theatre for Living: Us and Them -- The Inquiry

David Diamon of Headlines Theatre with a Vancouver audience devising Us and Them [The Inquiry]. Photo Tim Matheson.

Headlines Theatre Company was founded in Vancouver in 1981 by a group of writers, actors and theatre directors who were "disgruntled by the kind of theatre work we were asked to do," according to its artistic director David Diamond. The Jessie award-winning company is about to enter its 30th year with its most ambitious project yet. Us and Them [The Inquiry] brings ordinary people to the stage to tell stories of conflict and explores reasons and resolutions. Diamond explains the company and the process involved in devising theatre this way.

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Theatre in a quiet place can make a big noise

Poland’s Teatr Węgajty, whose founders cite Emerson and Whitman as influences, blends tradition and experimentation to address social issues in a rural, grassroots setting.

The small village of Węgajty, hidden amongst the forests of Poland's Lake District, unknown to anyone who does not deliberately seek it out, is home to one of that culturally rich country's most socially engaged experimental theatre companies.

Experimental theatre? In the middle of cow country? For Wacław and Erdmute Sobaszek, co-founders of the Teatr Węgajty Fieldwork Project, there is no better setting.

"This is a collective effort," explains Wacław. "What makes us different from other theatre companies is that instead of putting on a show for people, we work with people. The whole community gets involved."

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Maury Chaykin's irreplaceable madness

Maury Chaykin died this week on his 61st birthday. Some obits called him a character actor. It's basically a film-TV term -- where Maury mostly worked -- as opposed to star. Another term is supporting actor versus leading man. It's a shame he didn't do more stage work, where physical typing isn't as great. I once wrote a play on the Montreal Canadiens; a sports type who met the actor cast as Rocket Richard said, "You can't have a fat Rocket!" But you can and we did. Maury was a beautiful guy in his prime but not a typical movie lead; yet he'd have made a great Lear or Prospero. Asked by Jian Ghomeshi for a role he felt he'd nailed, Maury joked, "Hamlet," making you think it may have been on his wish list.

StART Festival

Thursday, January 29, 2015 (All day) - Sunday, February 1, 2015 (All day)

Location

Bus Stop Theatre
2203 Gottingen St.
Halifax, NS
Canada
44° 39' 11.7108" N, 63° 35' 5.8632" W

The StART Festival showcases brief original pieces by student artists working in a variety of disciplines. It runs Jan. 29-Feb. 1 and lives at the Bus Stop Theatre.

Submit your entry by Dec. 16 here.

Get more info here

| July 20, 2014

Video: Don't Get My Valley Up! A rap from Stone Fence Theatre's new musical

Don't Get My Valley Up! -- the rap song used in the Act 1 finale of Stone Fence Theatre's new musical, G'day, We're from the Valley, EH!, which opens in Eganville July 22 and plays throughout the summer and fall in six Renfrew County locations. The rap is written by Ish Theilheimer and Chantal Elie-Sernoskie. Leads in video: Robin Pinkerton, Chantal Elie-Sernoskie and Ambrose Mullin. Information, scheduling and ticket purchases are all at the company's website, www.stonefence.ca . The video was shot and produced by Space Camp Collective, with recording by Robin Pinkerton.

Queer Acts Theatre Festival

Thursday, July 17, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, July 20, 2014 (All day)

Location

Various Halifax, NS
Canada
44° 38' 55.9068" N, 63° 34' 31.152" W

Queer Acts never fails to deliver challenging, nourishing and entertaining theatre. This year's line-up includes three out-of-town shows (including the award-winning Agokwe by 23-year-old Ojibwa playwright/performer Waawaate Fobisteran), as well as local shows being created by Stewart Legere, Mary Fay Coady and Chris Aucoin. Plus, there's a new addition: A queer arts conference called Queer Acts Confab. It will to support the work of local creators by bringing together artists, presenters and producers from diverse artistic disciplines. It will include industry professionals from across the country, and combined with our thriving queer arts community here in Halifax, it's going to be an amazing event.

Bingo, Booze and Blasphemy: A Tara Cheyenne Performance and Zee Zee Theatre Fundraiser

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Location

Anza Club
3 W 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC
Canada
49° 15' 50.184" N, 123° 6' 18.1656" W

Bring your lucky charms and a pocket full of toonies! The 5th Annual Bingo, Booze and Blasphemy is your chance to support two fantastic local theatre groups while giving yourself a night of fun, beer, sparkles and general mayhem. $10 cover includes bingo dabber, your first game and a chance at amazing prizes! Hosted by the East Van queens of drag Peach Cobblah and Isolde N. Barron, with Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and a special guest DJ. For more information visit taracheyenne.com or zeezeetheatre.ca.

 

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