Thank you to everyone who came out to play with us this weekend at our Obstructions show A Place Called Whisper, especially our friends in Progress Lab who helped create such a wonderful atmosphere of happy chaos. The generosity of this community is humbling. Richard will be posting a longer blog on the process soon but these pictures (by Jeff Harrison) were too good to not share today.
VACT president Tetsuro Shigematsu, author JJ Lee and Richard Wolfe
Friday night saw a nearly sold out reading of the first stage adaptation of JJ Lee's Governor General Award nominated mémoire about a father, a son and a suit. The part of JJ was performed by Raugi Yu. I directed the reading. It was a honour to be asked to participate and I look forward to seeing the project move forward to its next stage of development.
We had a great time on Tuesday at AGMapalooza, participating for the first time! It's always an exciting evening hearing what our wonderful and creative friends have planned. Our friends at Rumble told us about their plan to stage Dante's Inferno in five minutes in an elevator, Leaky Heaven are doing theatre in the wilderness, and The Only Animal are creating a waterpark Lord of the Flies! We have so much wonderful theatre to look forward to.
One of the beautiful cookies board chair Ben brought to the party.
Terminus writer Mark O'Rowe's latest film Brokenleads the pack at this year's British Independent Film Awards with nine nominations. O'Rowe has been nominated for Best Screenplay, after being nominated in the same category last month for a European Film Academy Award.
Cillian Murphy, who also worked on O'Rowe's cult hit Intermission, is up for Best Supporting Actor, for his role as the teacher of a troubled young girl.
Other nominations for Broken include Best Film, Best Director, Best Debut Director, Best Supporting Actor (Roy Kinnear), Best Actor (Tim Roth), Most Promising Newcomer (Eloise...
I was recently fortunate enough to be able to attend the Istanbul Theatre Festival. I'm a big fan of seeing theatre in languages I don't understand as it forces me to pay attention and allows me to see things in the show that I would probably miss if I were focussed on the language. (Purchasing tickets is always a challenge but that just adds to the experience.)
One of the shows I saw was by Tiyatro Artı, who play with alternative staging techniques. After a bit of an adventure getting to the venue (the address Google maps gave me was to an apartment, where thankfully some very kind exchange...
The latest installment of BLiNK, Leaky Heaven Circus' performance for the modern attention span, happened last Saturday (May 19) at the Russian Hall.
Blink is an evening of small performance pieces one-minute or less. There's no restriction on content, just on time. I had a lot of fun participating for the second year in a row, this time with a piece called A Lesson on How to Create a Profitable Start Up by Boss Mangan from George Bernard Shaw's play Heartbreak House.
I was joined on stage by the inimitable Adam Henderson.
The 35th annual PACT conference was held in Grand Bend Ontario last week. Pi was fully represented by myself and our GM Becky Low. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to see colleagues we rarely get to see, talk theatre, engage in fabulous PD sessions and, in the end (this being a ratification year) vote on whether or not to accept recommendations to ratify the CTA.
The conference was called Being Alone - Becoming Many.
As written by PACT PD manager Boomer Stacey, "this statement resonates for...
We were very excited last week to receive the full reinstatement of our Community Gaming funding for our 2011-2012 year. We'd like to thank everyone who worked so hard for the reinstatement of adult arts and culture funding eligibility. This financial support allows Pi alone to offer employment to over thirty artists and arts workers, and to provide accessible theatre to hundreds of British Columbians. This stream of funding has an overwhelmingly positive impact on the community as a whole.
A sincere thank you to Minister Ida Chong and Premier Christy Clark for the roles they had in the...