theatre

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A unique aspect of Daisy is the plot’s relevance to the divisive political landscape that permeates society today. In Daisy we encounter what the writers presume to be the inception of the modern day ‘attack ad.’ Its irreversibly deleterious effects upon American politics and the integrity of political campaigns are as discussed and feared then as they are now.

Playwrights Canada Press

The Press Play Reading Series, an event organized by the Playwrights Canada Press, offers its attendees a mini-theatre experience — a chance to discover the works of both well-established and up-and-coming Canadian playwrights and theatre artists.

a period piece

A “period piece” for the 21st century In a night of facts, science, storytelling, and song and dance, A Period Piece, performed by Spicy Day, an award-winning theatre company from Ottawa, left no stone unturned in their mission: to encourage conversation, destigmatize and increase comfort level surrounding periods and menstruation.  Opening on Friday, Nov. 5, …

Bytowne Cinema

The cinema is where I had my first big birthday party. It’s where I saw my first horror film. And it’s also where I went on my first date. Even though the pandemic bars me from the cinema, I hold onto the notion that the cinema is a place of inspiration where I learned to empathize with people with stories different from my own.

High school students are using theatre to keep the stories of abuse and perseverance at Bell High School alive at Ottawa’s Fringe Festival.

A member of Greenland’s Inuit community, Vivi Sørensen said she was compelled to properly tell the stories of Indigenous Peoples. “My main reason for wanting to direct is the fact that our stories … are always told from outside. And I felt like there’s a misportrayal, there’s something that’s wrong.”

There is enough personal and professional intrigue to earn the play’s description as being about “the abuse of power, political expediency, and the masks we wear to carry on as if everything is as it should be.” I think, acutely aware of my privilege as a white cisgender male, the key word here is abuse.

Although improv is, well, improvisational, there’s a lot of work that goes into preparing for a show. Campbell described it as tools to keep in your back pocket—knowledge of how stories progress, different genres and styles to perform, and other tricks and tools learned from plenty of practice.

“I think a lot of them were intrigued by the story, by the text, by the way it was written because it’s not your regular realistic drama—it goes way beyond that,” explained director Melina Buziak. “The characters often break the fourth wall and refer directly to the audience and the text is really intriguing.”

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