It’s summer stock time! Fawnda is joined by Laura Raboud to chat about this year’s Freewill Shakespeare Festival, which is alternating Hamlet and Comedy of Errors amid the squirrels in Hawrelak Park until July 15. Plus, we re-cap what went down at the Sterling Awards, and highlight a fascinating public spreadsheet that weighs gender-based stats of YEG’s theatre companies.
It’s a full-time week for guest Laura Raboud as we take in Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at the Citadel Theatre, then hunker in for the befuddling, heart-churning experience of Collin Doyle’s new play, Terry and the Dog. What a time to be alive in #yegarts.
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!
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.
Paul and Fawnda and Laura saw ALL the things this week: We swilled vodka at Catalyst Theatre‘s presentation of Onegin, and caught Kill Your Television‘s all-male cast in Shakespeare’s R&J. Our eyes watered under the blinding lights of Shaping Sound, and finally we got caught up in the yarns of Rebecca Sadowski’s The Sash Maker (and learned a bit of weaving, too). Did anything pass the Bechdel Test? You may be surprised. Listen to find out!
Anita Sarkeesian presents her talk “The Real World of Online harassment” as part of the Edmonton Public Library’s Forward Thinking Speakers Series on January 24 at the Chateau Lacombe you can get you tickets here. And you can listen to an interview with Sarkeesian on The Well-Endowed Podcast here.
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