September 26-October 3
The fall-season theatre you cannot afford to miss
Stop up the Shakespeare. Actually, cease and desist with the deceased playwrights altogether. Fall is here and it’s time for all serious theatregoers to head out in search of the new and the nearly new. Contemporary-theatre companies in the cities across Canada have woken up from their summer slumber – and hopes seem higher than usual for what they have in store this autumn. As the season heads into high gear, here are the shows that seem most worth seeing across the country.
English theatre is alive and well in Montreal this fall
Cancel your Netflix subscription, Montreal’s English theatre is back for its fall season, and there is something for everyone. At an event held at the Mainline Gallery last Monday, the Quebec Drama Federation (QDF) previewed its upcoming plays. The lineup includes a few classics, some musicals, and a number of for-the-stage adaptations.
The Deaf Artists & Theatres Toolkit
by Cahoots Theatre Company
Welcome to the Deaf Artists & Theatres Toolkit (DATT)! The DATT serves as a resource and guide to increase innovative collaborations between professional theatre companies and Deaf artists as well as to increase engagement with Deaf audiences. We invite you to explore the DATT and join us in extending the conversation on theatre arts access, empowerment and engagement.
This capacity development program is unique to Canada’s professional arts ecology, in that it promotes a Social Justice framework that gives equal importance to the barriers and inequities experienced by all equity-seeking communities, and offers-up multi-versal world views from which we can all learn about and from each other’s different cultures, customs and norms.
National Arts Centre unveils $23-million fund to support Canadian arts
The National Arts Centre has lifted the lid on a major fundraising campaign that could become a significant force in commissioning new works from Canadians working in music, theatre and dance. But the NAC stopped short of giving any details about how the $23-million already gathered by its Creation Campaign will be disbursed.
The Watershed sheds light on water politics: review
Following The Watershed’s well-received premiere at the Panamania festival in the summer of 2015, this documentary play about Canada’s relationship to water is back for a national tour. It’s a sprawling affair. Annabel Soutar’s script starts out as the story of an investigation and morphs into the saga of a cross-country family road trip. Director Chris Abraham embraces the play’s ambition in a bumptious production that joyfully exposes its backstage mechanics and is often great fun to watch.
John Hudson remembers collapsing when it was all over. “I went to Nova Scotia with my family and pretty much slept for three weeks,” recalls the executive director of Edmonton’s Varscona Theatre, reflecting on the theatre’s successful fundraising campaign and a year’s worth of renovations.