2021 - 22 SEASON

Life is made of
remarkable experiences.

We’re standing by to welcome you for a season of engaging, exciting, and entertaining theatre!

Show 1
Streaming Sept 21 - 26, 2021

Same Old Same Old

By Jan Wood & James Fagan Tait

Description

Life’s Tiny Moments.

Actor Jan Wood (Mrs. Fezziwig in our production of A Christmas Carol) and James Fagan Tait (director and co-writer of 21 Ways to Make the World Last Longer) teamed up to write this charming—and deceptively simple—new play—which has just been filmed on the Belfry stage.

Steadily approaching “till death do us part”—a man and a woman—through snippets and sketches and little scenes—reveal the moments that make up their lives. The mundane and the meaningful. The small but profound. The benign and hurtful. And the real—yet unspoken love. You will find it deeply funny because it is totally familiar—spot-on and touching.

Why I Chose This Play

From the moment I heard that Jimmy and Jan were writing this play—from the moment I started reading an early draft—and from the moment we performed it before an enraptured audience during our 2020 SPARK Festival—I knew this was a play that belonged on our stage. And now on film! This long-married couple is so familiar—it’s impossible not to recognize them—and laugh out loud at the reality of their relationship.
—Michael Shamata

Show 2
In-Person Nov 23 - Dec 19, 2021
Streaming Dec 7 - 12, 2021

Serving Elizabeth

Created by Marcia Johnson

Description

Turning The Crown Upside Down.

Actor and playwright Marcia Johnson was inspired to write this play after watching an early episode of The Crown on Netflix. The play premiered in February 2020.

Politics and pop culture collide with unexpected twists as this fascinating new play moves between 1952 Kenya—when an anti-monarchist cook challenges Princess Elizabeth in the moments before she becomes queen—and 2015 London—when a Kenyan-Canadian film student clashes with convention and custom while working on a TV series about the Royals.

The tension between people and politics—imperialism, prejudice, and the irresistible draw of the monarchy—infuses and ignites this exciting new play.

Why I Chose This Play

I was searching for a play that could address this important moment in our history—when racial inequality can no longer be ignored. Serving Elizabeth does that—while delivering a thrilling and engaging story. In an immediate response to the popular television series The Crown, playwright Marcia Johnson argues for inclusion—and creates a play as contemporary as this morning’s newspaper.
–Michael Shamata

World Premiere
Show 3
In-Person Feb 1 - 27, 2022
Streaming Feb 15 - 20, 2022

Little Red Warrior & His Lawyer

By Kevin Loring

Description

An irreverent comedy.

Little Red, the last remaining member of his tribe, discovers that a land development firm has violated his traditional territory. After attacking one of their engineers, he is arrested and assigned a court-appointed lawyer.

Things turn surprising and farcical—when displaced Red moves in with the lawyer and his wife. And sometimes—when you invite a coyote into the coop—he may just walk off with your chickens.

Kevin Loring won the 2009 Governor General’s Award for Drama for his play, Where the Blood Mixes (Belfry 2010), and was nominated for the same award in 2019 for Thanks for Giving.

Why I Chose This Play

I saw a reading of this play—and loved it—at the 2019 Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver. Kevin and I started talking that night about premiering it at the Belfry. After a year-plus of COVID postponements—here it is at last!—in all its edgy irreverence and hilarity.
–Michael Shamata

A tri-production with Savage Society (Vancouver) and NAC Indigenous Theatre (Ottawa).

Show 4
In-Person Mar 29 - Apr 24, 2022
Streaming Apr 12 - 17, 2022

Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes

By Hannah Moscovitch

Description

A whip-smart exploration of power, truth and desire.

Jon is a prize-winning novelist and star professor. Annie is a clever, imaginative, first-year student, and a huge fan of Jon's work. Jon’s third marriage is going about as well as his first two, and he’s frustrated teaching creative writing to lazy undergraduates. And then he finds himself admired by a student—a girl in a red coat. Annie.

Who’s the hunter—? Who’s the hunted—? Who will take the next step—? And who will ever understand this complex dance—? When the dust has settled—who controls the narrative—? And who owns this story—?

Hannah Moscovitch (What a Young Wife Ought to Know and The Children’s Republic) has set the international theatre scene alight with her fiery wit and incisive ability to tackle complex subjects with humour and intelligence.

Why I Chose This Play

During my time at the Belfry, Hannah Moscovitch has become a frequent voice on our stages. As a writer—she is incredibly direct—while approaching her subjects from oblique angles. This play is no exception. Hannah gives us a fresh and unusual way of addressing an all-too-familiar scenario. This is simply a marvellous and captivating play.
—Michael Shamata

World Premiere
Show 5
In-Person May 17 - Jun 12, 2022
Streaming May 31 - June 5, 2022

Kindred

By Rosa Dolores

Description

A fairy tale for adults.

Can you snatch happiness from the jaws of discontent? Elise and Andrew, Vlad and Soleil: two couples search for the answer to that very question in this new romantic and dramatic comedy.

When your world turns sour and the future you dreamt of disappears, what happens next? Words and recriminations don’t get you far but maybe there is a silver lining. Could one date change fate? And could one chance encounter change it all again?

Rosa Dolores is a writer from Vancouver, BC, who studied at Langara College. She runs a bed and breakfast with her RMT husband and has two children. She is a published poet and screenwriter.

Why I Chose This Play

I love this play—it surprises me—and it is unlike any other play I know. It has romance, and villains, and tests and traps and lessons—and a chance to find what you’re looking for in unexpected places. And it’s real and believable.
—Michael Shamata

Ticket Information

BY TELEPHONE - 250-385-6815

Pay-What-You-Want Season Tickets

In the past, season tickets ranged from $80 - $160 per person. This year, we offer you Pay-What-You-Want Season Tickets.

As soon as we know what the health orders allow for each show, we will either confirm your seats and dates or let you know how you will be able to watch.

When only a limited audience can be seated, we will first draw from the pool of subscribers for each date. All subscribers will have access to the live stream of each production.

We recognize that some of you won’t feel comfortable coming back to the theatre yet. For anyone in that position, we’ll continue to keep your season package preferences on file for the 22-23 season.

You also have the option to indicate that you are ONLY interested in watching the shows as they are being live-streamed.

All seating is subject to health orders; seating preferences are not guaranteed for performances with reduced audience capacity.

Belfry Futures Fund (BFF)

You’re part of our future and this season we’ve introduced a fee for capital improvements and ongoing stability. The Belfry Futures Fund is $4.00 per subscription, regardless of the price you choose to pay. Your subscription and the BFF are also subject to 5% GST.

What to Expect

We’re Ready For You.

Our first priority is the health and safety of our audience, staff, and artists.

Help us ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience by reading our latest guidelines and FAQs before your visit. You can find that information at belfry.bc.ca/covid-19/

How to book

BY PHONE
Call us at 250-385-6815. We can book your season tickets quickly and easily.

ONLINE
Go to belfry.bc.ca/subscribe to purchase your season tickets online, anytime. The box office will follow up with you regarding seats and dates.

IN PERSON
Stop by our Box Office at 1291 Gladstone Avenue.

Get more out of your Belfry experience

When we return to the stage, we will be offering you a range of engagement activities and ideas you can take part in at any time.

UPSTAGE MAGAZINE
Sign up for e-news on our website and we will send you a digital version of Upstage. Each issue will provide you with insight into our productions and further enrich your experience.

B4PLAY
Our live talk show, B4Play with CBC Radio’s Gregor Craigie, is slated before the opening of each production. You can join us in person (seating is limited and this is a popular event) or you can watch the event live (or later) on Facebook and YouTube. We will feature artists from the upcoming show, along with experts from the community.

PODCASTS
You can listen to and download the full audio interviews from each B4Play event and from The Flame, our real-life storytelling series at belfry.bc.ca/podcasts.

E-NEWS
If you haven’t already, please head over to belfry.bc.ca and sign up for our e-newsletter.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in a season ticket package?
Access to our four live shows, plus you can stream our filmed play, Same Old Same Old in September.

I had a season ticket package for the 2019 - 20 Season. What happens to it now?
The box office has a record of your past preferences so we can offer you your favourite seats on your favourite day as soon as circumstances allow.

How do I watch?
Performances with an in-person audience will be live on the Belfry stage. Streaming performances will be broadcast through our website, tickets.belfry.bc.ca

How do I change my dates?
Simply inform the box office any time before your performance has started and we’ll be happy to move you to another date within the run of the same show.

Can I exchange tickets between shows?
Tickets are not exchangeable between shows.

Can I get a refund for one or more of my tickets?
We do not offer refunds except in extraordinary cases.

What happens if I miss my show?
Unfortunately, once a performance date passes, tickets to that performance are void. If you miss a performance due to extreme circumstances, such as a medical emergency, please contact the Audience Services Manager to see what options may be available to you.

How do I find out if there are any audience advisories?
We make every effort to advise you of strong language, subject matter, or extreme technical effects (strobe lights, haze). Please call or email the Box Office for advisories and running times, or if you have any sensitivities to stage effects.


Land Acknowledgement
The Belfry Theatre is located on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples, also known as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create and perform on this territory.

Charitable Registration Number - 119215549 RR0001. All plays and players are subject to availability. All ticket sales are non-refundable. Ticket prices are subject to change.

Box Office / Information - 250-385-6815