March 9 - 22, 2015

SPARK Festival 2015

The Belfry's Annual Festival of New Plays

Show Info

MARCH 10 – 15, 2015

Boys With Cars, Let Me Borrow That Top & Fish Eyes

An audacious trio of dance-plays by Anita Majumdar

Written, Choreographed and Performed by Anita Majumdar
Directed by Brian Quirt
Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack
Set & Costume Design by Jackie Chau
Sound Design by Joelysa Pankanea
Produced by Rupal Shah
Nightswimming Theatre (Toronto)

“One cannot help but feel amazement at how this young woman manages to do everything she does…” Drumbeat Magazine, Montreal

“Deliriously Canadian… always buoyant… I defy you not to laugh.” – The Georgia Straight

“She can act, she can write. She is even a mean Kathak dancer! And she accomplishes all this with ease, elegance and intelligence.” – Deepa Mehta, director of “Midnight’s Children”.

“Beyoncé, eat your heart out. When it comes to shaking your booty and making the moves on the dance floor, there is nobody like Anita Majumdar. The star, playwright and choreographer of…”Fish Eyes” and “Boys with Cars”, has Beyoncé beat by far.” Ottawa Life Magazine

Boys With Cars, Let Me Borrow That Top & Fish Eyes all use music and dance to tell the coming-of-age stories of three young women in small town Canada. In Fish Eyes, Meena is an accomplished classical Indian dancer who would trade it all for a chance at true love with her crush Buddy, the most popular boy in school. Boys With Cars tells the parallel story of Naz, who is accepted into Buddy’s clique but soon realizes it’s not at all how she imagined it would be. Finally, in Let Me Borrow That Top, we hear directly from Candice, Naz’s nemesis and the perceived obstacle in Meena’s path to Buddy. Inspired by so-called honour killings, hip hop and teenage heartache, Anita’s tour de force performances celebrate the joy and awkwardness of youth while slyly tackling issues of colonialism and cultural identity.

Anita talks to Jon Williams from The Zone

Performances – Boys With Cars, Let Me Borrow That Top & Fish Eyes

Tuesday, March 10 at 8 pm – Boys With Cars & Let Me Borrow That Top
Wednesday, March 11 at 8 pm – Boys With Cars & Let Me Borrow That Top
Thursday, March 12 at 8 pm – Boys With Cars & Let Me Borrow That Top
Friday, March 13 at 8 pm – Boys With Cars & Let Me Borrow That Top
Saturday, March 14 at 8 pm – Boys With Cars & Let Me Borrow That Top
Sunday, March 15 at 2 pm – Fish Eyes, Boys With Cars, & Let Me Borrow That Top (see all three plays)



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MARCH 17 – 21, 2015

The God That Comes

Created by Hawksley Workman and Christian Barry / Live music and performance by Hawksley Workman

“A tour de force performance that mesmerizes…deft wit and razor sharp humour…” Calgary Sun

“An awesome experience… rare and unique…” The Chronicle Herald, Halifax

“The raw and unpredictable feel of live rock music with the thematic daring of dramatic theatre…pretty close to perfection…” Times-Colonist

“★★★★ … Astonishing … Genius … tough and tuneful and terrific” Toronto Star

“An outrageous theatrical adventure into the red-lit underbelly of sex, violence, Greek myth and regret … it’s an experience not to be missed.” The Chronicle Herald, Halifax

“★★★★ 1/2 … profound, profoundly sexual, and just plain awesome.” Torontist


The God that Comes is a collaboration between 2b theatre company and Juno-winning rocker Hawksley Workman. This one-man live performance fuses the chaotic revelry of a rock concert with the captivating intimacy of theatrical storytelling. The God that Comes tells the story of Greco- Roman god of wine Bacchus (or Dionysus) and uses Euripides’ classic The Bacchae as a primary source. In a world ruled by greed and an oppressive king obsessed with rules and order, the lesser classes have taken to the countryside in a hedonistic spiritual revolution fueled by wine, ritual madness, and ecstasy. Women, slaves, outlaws, and foreigners have all gone to the mountain to worship the god of wine, and to commune with their animal needs to dance, to lose control, to get drunk, and have sex. The king rails against the protesters, leading to a bloody conclusion.

The God that Comes is a tonic for a society that has lost its sense of balance, and for a people that have lost touch with their animal instincts. It is an invitation to raise a glass together, hear a story, and get lost in the music for a few hours.

2b theatre company production, Halifax

The God That Comes Website

Hawksley talks to Jon Williams from The Zone

Performances – The God That Comes

Tuesday, March 17 at 8 pm
Wednesday, March 18 at 8 pm
Thursday, March 19 at 8 pm
Friday, March 20 at 8 pm
Saturday, March 21 at 8 pm



spark pics in page navelMARCH 10 – 15, 2015

Through the Gaze of a Navel

By The Chop
Created by Anita Rochon and Emelia Symington Fedy
Performed by Emelia Symington Fedy

A 60 min performance yoga class (you can take part in the show or just watch)

“Through the Gaze of a Navel works for both the non-yoga enthusiast and its fans by creating a near perfect satirical balance, a comedic yin-yang as it were, of genuine respect and gentle derision.” Vancouver Presents

“Yoga Satire. Brilliant, brash, and wickedly wise. You will pee your yoga pants laughing so hard.” Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map

Through the Gaze of a Navel is a performance in the form of a yoga class led by self-proclaimed pop psychology expert Emelia Symington Fedy, a woman who has consumed every new-age pop-psych medicine she could get her hands on, from swimming with cosmic dolphins to crystal bowl regression therapy to vaginal weighlifting classes. Emelia’s take is irreverent but the darkness she encounters is real. More than a mere kiss-and-tell of a life-long obsession, Through the Gaze of a Navel takes the sacred journey of a spiritual quest and sets it in a hilarious context.

Emelia talks to Jon Williams from The Zone

Performances – Through the Gaze of a Navel

Tuesday, March 10 at 8 pm
Wednesday, March 11 at 8 pm
Thursday, March 12 at 8 pm
Friday, March 13 at 8 pm
Saturday, March 14 at 8 pm
Sunday, March 15 at 2 pm



Belfry 101 Live

Written, created and performed by Belfry 101 High School Students

Belfry 101 Live is an exciting theatre event, collectively created by the remarkable high school students of our Belfry 101 programme. Themes and images from the plays in the Belfry’s current season mix together with the students’ own ideas and concerns, generating an original, surprising, and always entertaining piece of theatre.


SPARK Festival 2015 is funded by the Government of Canada and is generously sponsored by 100.3 the Q, The Zone @ 91.3, Hillside Printing and CVV Magazine

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The Heart of the Matter

Engagement Events

  • Professional Development Workshops
  • To register for any workshop please call our Box Office at 250-385-6815. All workshops are $25 (+GST).
  • Introduction to Sound Design with Brian Linds
  • Sunday, March 22 from 10 am – 1pm

    This workshop will introduce practical elements of designing sound for the theatre. Using a scene from a play, each participant will touch upon selecting music, ambience, and SFx to support the scene. Not required, but a Mac laptop will allow each person to explore simple editing and sequencing of sound cues in Qlab.
  • Mixed Media Masks: Design and Sculpture with Laura Farn
  • Sunday, March 15 from 6 – 9 pm

    In this mask-making intensive, you will create a character and bring a fully sculptural half-mask to life while experimenting with a variety of fabrication materials. The workshop reinforces foundation sculpting skills and emphasizes character, expression and communication rather than decorative concerns. Explore an artistic approach that you can apply in any creative endeavour and make the mask you have always wanted. Early-intermediate level (have taken past art classes and /or have some experience with 3-D crafts). Participants will need to complete some creative work in advance. contact lenses not permitted.
  • An Introduction to Physical Approaches to Character with Jo Leslie
  • Saturday, March 21 from 10 am – 1pm

    Participants will explore developing a character from the inside out and the outside in. Some acting or performance experience / training is useful but not mandatory. Writers might also enjoy the process. Please bring a hat or two, and another accessory (sunglasses, bag, shoes...). Participants will be moving, speaking, improvising, getting silly and creating drama.

Free Events

All of our free events take place (or start) in the Belfry’s Lobby.

Play Reading – Free

Billy Nothin’ by Sean Dixon
Monday, March 9 at 7pm

Directed by Matthew Payne
Featuring Wes Borg, Sarah Donald, Caitriona Murphy, RJ Peters and David Radford

A quintessential western with more twists than a lasso. Trapped in a world of leather chaps and cowboy boots, five wild west characters collide, encountering murder, metamorphosis, and mayhem alongside a meta-whore who may or may not have the answers to set them free. First produced by Theatre SKAM in 1999.


Free Mini Plays – March 11 – 14, 2015 / Week 1

Miniplays run at 7, 7:20 and 7:40 pm each evening. Capacity varies per miniplay (from 3 – 12 people per showing) – it’s first come, first served – get here early.

Zopyra Theatre
Zopyra Theatre creates original, site-specific, and interactive performances bound in the extra-ordinary. Their work is an invitation to play, take risks, and connect. Created and directed by Emma Zabloski / SKAMspiration: My Three Sisters by Amiel Gladstone.

Impulse Theatre
Impulse Theatre weaves magic and myth in their multidisciplinary work that sits slightly outside of our reality. Voted 2014 Top Emerging Company by Monday Magazine. Created by Andrew Barrett, Julie Forrest and Kathleen O’Reilly / SKAMspiration: Inanna by Claire Calnan.

Charles Ross
Charles Ross has made a career out of his love for Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. He travels the world with his shows. Created by Charles Ross / SKAMspiration: One Minute Play Competition (Charles came in second).


Midway Toga Party! – Free – Saturday, March 14 at 10 pm

Come as your favourite god, goddess or pleb. In the spirit of The God That Comes and Venus in Fur, and fuelled by the grape, we’ll celebrate SPARK with our Midway Toga Party featuring a DJ, dancing, chariot races, our version of the Olympic Games, and prizes. Hail Zeus! Hail Aphrodite!

The Belfry’s bar and concession will be open – please bring your ID.

Click here to learn how to make a toga!


Play Reading – Free

The Privatization of CPR by Gregor Craigie
Monday, March 16 at 7pm

Directed by Michael Shamata
Featuring Kelt Eccleston and Christopher Mackie

On the first day after Canada’s national public radio network has been privatized, the host of a local morning radio show tries to navigate his way through shark-infested waters.


Free Mini Plays – March 18 – 21, 2015 / Week 2

Miniplays run at 7, 7:20 and 7:40 pm each evening. Capacity varies per miniplay (from 3 – 12 people per showing) – it’s first come, first served – get here early.

Kate Rubin Theatre + Drama
Students of Kate Rubin Theatre & Drama – young performers from the Greater Victoria area, ranging in ages from 7–12 years have spent their spring break collectively creating this unique mini play. Directed by instructors Kathleen Greenfield and Emma Zabloski / Administrated and coordinated by Kate Rubin / SKAMspiration: The Wedding Pool by Amiel Gladstone.

Barbara Poggemiller
Barbara Poggemiller is an award-winning actor/ director/teacher/writer, and a proud mother of beautiful daughters. She dedicates her working life to theatre and many aspects of creativity. Created and performed by Barbara Poggemiller / SKAMspiration: End of the World Romance by Sean Dixon.

Hateful Spring
Hateful Spring Production’s Mezzo Soprano Rebecca Hass is a performer of opera and musical theatre. She can also be heard regularly on CBC Radio One and Two. Created and performed by Rebecca Hass / SKAMspiration: Joan by Matthew Payne.