March 16 – 30, 2014

Show Info

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MARCH 18 – 22, 2014

TERMINUS
by Mark O’Rowe
directed by Mitchell Cushman
Outside the March Theatre Company, Toronto

“hhhh (out of 4) … a thrilling mixture of fine acting, writing, direction and design.” Toronto Star

“Do. Not. Miss. Original, powerful, and feckin’ awesome.” Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

Imagine a Tarantino film set to poetry. A mother with a heavy conscience races to save a near-stranger from a vicious situation. A young woman finds comfort, sex and even love in the arms of a disembodied soul. And a dangerous loner prowls the pubs, longing to belt out Bette Midler for all to hear. Terminus explores the darkness that insecurity drives us to, and the light which comes from shedding who we’ve been and accepting who we are.

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firewall spark picMARCH 19–23, 2014

FIREWALL
Collectively created by members of Target Theatre
Facilitated by Geoffrey Ewert
Target Theatre, Victoria
Belfry Incubator Project

Created and performed by Target Theatre through the Belfry Theatre’s Incubator program, Firewall is a collaboratively devised performance that investigates the role technology plays in keeping seniors connected to friends, family, and society. With a lyrical fusion of nostalgia and technology, Firewall explores both the advantages and disadvantages of the internet, social media, and virtual connections – not just for older generations, but for everyone. Does being ‘connected’ really save us from becoming isolated?

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SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 8pm

Belfry 101 Live

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.

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MARCH 25 – 29, 2014

WHEN IT RAINS
written and directed by Anthony Black
2b theatre, Halifax

“A treat for the senses that will leave you thinking about the big questions of life . . . if that’s not great theatre, I don’t know what is.” The Coast Weekly, Halifax

“Form and content feed off, and illuminate, one another…” National Post

What looks like a graphic novel, makes you laugh, and breaks your heart?

When It Rains is by turns blackly funny social satire, heartbreaking drama, and visually arresting theatrical illusion – an award-winning and internationally acclaimed production from one of Canada’s most heralded companies.

The production is an experiment in theatrical storytelling, with deliberately chosen constraints. A computer projector is used as the only source of light, along with a few chairs and a few props. The actors, framed against a black wall interact with projected environments. Nick Bottomley’s projection design creates a visually striking, dynamic, and theatre-in-low-relief aesthetic.

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MARCH 25 – 30, 2014

LITTLE ILIAD
created and performed by Evan Webber & Frank Cox-O’Connell
EW&FCO, Toronto

“A profound and poignant synthesis of art and war.” Irish Theatre Magazine

“Stimulating… Cleverly written and delightfully played and the technical realization is superb.” National Post

In Little Iliad, two childhood friends, a writer and a soldier enroute to Afghanistan, reconnect on Skype over a little-known fragment from the epic Trojan War Cycle. The audience listens on headphones to an intimate, disarmingly simple play, where one performer is live and the other is present through technology.

Limited to just 34 seats per show with a pair of headphones for each audience member, this is contemporary performance at its most topical, personal, immediate and intimate. 35 minutes.

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The Heart of the Matter

MONDAY, MARCH 17, 7pm

BLOOD: A SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE
by Meg Braem
Governor General’s Award Nominee

“Blood: A Scientific Romance explores love, in all its strange and sometimes disturbing forms. It’s a strikingly powerful play that pulsates with life and forces us to examine all the painful, beautiful, messy complexities of the human connection.” Bad Tempered Zombie

Directed by Britt Small featuring R.J. Peters, Celine Stubel, Treena Stubel and Paul Terry.

MONDAY, MARCH 24, 7pm
THE BOY IN THE MOON
adapted by Emil Sher, based on the book by Ian Brown

“Given the current glut of smug daddy blogs and cutesy mommy memoirs, it’s bracing to read a story about parenthood in which there is something so extraordinary at stake.” The Walrus

A tender and haunting play that owes its beginnings to a Globe and Mail series written by Ian Brown, exploring the joy and turmoil of life with his son severely challenged son, Walker.

Directed by Michael Shamata featuring Kelt Eccleston, Amanda Lisman, Charles Ross and Jan Wood.

Synopsis

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2 – 5 pm
WRITING FROM YOUR FEET: A Journey From Impulse to Structure

Led by Governor General’s Award nominated playwright Meg Braem, this workshop concentrates on awakening impulses and emotional honesty using writing exercises, clown, butoh and authentic movement. Participants will learn how to listen both internally and externally and, once filled with unfettered creativity and expression, will work to find the structure that best communicates these ideas into a story.

Movers and/or writers from all levels are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing that won’t inhibit movement.

SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2 – 5 pm
ILLUMINATING IMAGES: Introduction to Projection Design

Projection design is steadily becoming ubiquitous in contemporary theatre and dance. Enter into this exciting world with Jamie Nesbitt, one of Canada’s leading projection designers, as he guides you through past shows, software, and hands-on implementation of projection mapping techniques. This course is designed for all theatre artists who wish to learn more about this innovative form.

SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2 – 5 pm
TAKING THE NEXT STEP: Visioning and Strategic Planning

Looking for ways to take your theatre company to the next level? Thinking of starting a theatre company? The ability to align a business model with an artistic vision is one of the most essential skills one can develop when starting or operating a theatre company. Your business and your art should not be at odds but instead always finding ways to support each other.

Join James Long, Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement, to explore strategic plans, company (re)visioning and other creative methods for developing a sustainable future for the company you’ve created – or are thinking of creating.

Engagement Events

  • BLOOD: A SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE
  • by Meg Braem
    Governor General’s Award Nominee

    MONDAY, MARCH 17, 7pm

    "Blood: A Scientific Romance explores love, in all its strange and sometimes disturbing forms. It’s a strikingly powerful play that pulsates with life and forces us to examine all the painful, beautiful, messy complexities of the human connection." Bad Tempered Zombie

    Directed by Britt Small featuring R.J. Peters, Celine Stubel, Treena Stubel and Paul Terry.
  • THE BOY IN THE MOON
  • adapted by Emil Sher, based on the book by Ian Brown

    MONDAY, MARCH 24, 7pm

    "Given the current glut of smug daddy blogs and cutesy mommy memoirs, it’s bracing to read a story about parenthood in which there is something so extraordinary at stake." The Walrus

    A tender and haunting play that owes its beginnings to a Globe and Mail series written by Ian Brown, exploring the joy and turmoil of life with his son severely challenged son, Walker.

    Directed by Michael Shamata featuring Kelt Eccleston, Amanda Lisman, Charles Ross and Jan Wood.

miniplays & midway party - free

Miniplays are so popular we often have to turn people away so we’ve added an extra performance each evening. Each miniplay will run at 7 pm, 7:20 pm and 7:40 pm. Get here early – first come, first served.

MARCH 19 – 22, 2014

IMPROV: A SCIENCE FICTION THRILLER
In space, sometimes you have to improvise… presented by Paper Street Theatre Co. directed by Dave Morris featuring Dave Morris, Missie Peters, Scott Thompson and Chris Gabel.

TRASH DANCE
Which comes first, movement or sound? In three short pieces, a composer and a choreographer explore the limits of a garbage can. created by Brooke Maxwell (composer) and Jessica Hickman (choreographer) performed by Rebecca Horvey.

SHE REMAINS
Forgotten in the underbelly of the theatre, She fills her home with reminders of her glittering past, and dreams of a final triumphant opening night. presented by Intrepid Theatre created by Heather Lindsay and Janet Munsil, written by Janet Munsil.


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midway party

SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 9:30 pm
A Midway Inferno – we’re celebrating our 6th Midway Party by turning up the heat. Smoking Djs, red hot miniplays, prizes for dance moves and duds, and much, much more. Do your little turn on the hot coal catwalk – we’ll be burning down the house until 1:00 am.

MARCH 26 – 29, 2014

BAR MITZVAH TAPED
With audio equipment old and new, a story is told of a stolen cassette of Brian’s Bar Mitzvah after it was sent to his sister in Africa. created and performed by Brian Linds.

THE SUCCUBUS (a gothic puppet tale)
Hush, little baby, don’t say a word, this 9 1⁄2 foot Mama’s gonna bring you a big, black bird … presented by Levity Stilt Co. created and performed by Jane Bee , marionette created by Banejiiwewin.

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Hop in the back seat for a ride you won’t forget. presented by Pacific Christian Secondary School + Matthew Howe / HELL IS A TEENAGE GIRL by Rehema Ngongo performed by Timur Griffiths + Jessica Smith / O.K. by Aidan Dunsmuir performed by Rehema Ngongo + Braedan Ebanks / PUBLISH by Brad Kettner performed by Julie Benini + Caleb Stewart / ALMOST THERE by Cielene Wood performed by Brittany Raper + Joel Bergum.