Guests galore on a big show week: Ainsley Hillyard drops in to chat about Shumka’s collaboration with Indigenous artists in Ancestors & Elders, while Laura Raboud enlightens us on the musical trappings of the Citadel Theatre/Banff Centre production of The Silver Arrow: The Untold Story of Robin Hood. No spoilers, promise!
A week of wonder and juxtaposition: We ramble on physics and music (Theatre Network‘s Infinity); clapping and gravitas (Jairo Barrull Flamenco Company); and the gut-wrenching, mind-stilling Pretty Goblins at Workshop West. We have a bet that one will win a Governor General Award. Can you guess which one?
We tackle Tiny Bear Jaws‘ production of Cleave, a play by bright young writer/producer Elena Belyea, where six characters work through identity issues from the inside out. Be forewarned, there’s adult content (but is it really?). Also we mull over new developments on YEG’s venue front and the EAC‘s ongoing public consultation process. Have a listen, there’s much to explore on stages this month!
It’s the big one, folks: The Children of God episode is here. We even saw it twice. Special guest Laura Raboud offers her musical expertise on the show that, by all popular accounts, has that really, really powerful ending. Like, really. For. Real. (No spoilers, either. Really.)
In other news, we also caught a night at the SkirtsAFire Festival, and brought Dan Shessel of Northern Nerdcast to see the quirky co-pro from Northern Light Theatre and L’UniThéâtre, Do This In Memory of Me (En Memoire de Moi). Between the church’s role in Canada’s residential schools to the story of a young girl who longs to be an altar boy, it’s the most Catholic week we’ve had in a while.
YEG stages are hopping these days. Paul and Fawnda start out a busy week with Toronto Dance Theatre‘s 50th Anniversary showcase House Mix, followed hotly on the heels by Mercury Opera‘s site-appropriate production of La Traviata at Chez Pierre—which includes the return of guest opera buff Colleen Feehan. Bringing it home (all the way back to Ukraine, no less), is Pyretic Productions‘ Blood of Our Soil.