March 9 - 22, 2015
The Belfry's Annual Festival of New Plays
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.
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)
PHOTO: ANITA MAJUMDAR / PHOTO BY MAX TELZEROW
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
A ROCK & ROLL CABARET STARRING HAWKSLEY WORKMAN
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
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
PHOTO: HAWKSLEY WORKMAN / PHOTO BY TRUDIE LEE
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.
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
PHOTO: EMELIA SYMINGTON FEDY / PHOTO BY ITAI ERDAL
SUNDAY, MARCH 22 AT 8 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.
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
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 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 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!
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
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 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 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.