B4Play is a kind of live talk-show, featuring guests from the upcoming Belfry production, along with experts on topics related to the play. B4Play is hosted by CBC Radio’s popular morning show host, Gregor Craigie.
It is our belief that the theatrical experience is enhanced by having some sense of the world of the play. Now entering its fourth season as a part of our regular activities, B4Play was launched as a means of giving our audiences just such a context for the production that they would soon be attending. It is designed to provide insights, information and intriguing details about the play that is currently in rehearsal.
Gregor is an exceptional interviewer and, over the course of an hour, he interviews four individuals about the upcoming play. Those interviewed usually include the director of the play, and one of the actors. These interviews cover some career information, but usually focus primarily on the challenges and rewards of the play-at-hand. The other two interviewees are local experts in areas of interest touched on by the play. Examples include a visual artist demonstrating Mark Rothko’s painting technique prior to our production of RED, an historian discussing Victorian England as a lead-up to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and a professor of women’s studies talking about female empowerment as a means of preparing audiences for Venus in Fur.
As B4Play is always a sold-out event, we now live stream the interviews on our Facebook page. In addition, all of the interviews are recorded, and can be found as podcasts here on our website on the individual show pages under the “The Heart of the Matter” tabs. These interviews are also broadcast on CBC Radio throughout the run of the play.
B4Play is held at 11:00 a.m. on the Saturday preceding the opening of each of our Mainstage subscription shows. This season’s dates are:
The Last Wife – Saturday, September 17, 2016
I Think I’m Fallin’ – The Songs of Joni Mitchell – Saturday, November 5, 2016
Gracie – Saturday, January 21, 2017
Alice Munro Stories – Saturday, April 15, 2017
B4Play is a collaboration between the Belfry Theatre and CBC Radio.