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Slava’s Snowshow returning to Broadway- the magic of clown

Clowns occupy a strange space in the minds of western audiences. Especially in North America, clowns more oft than not get pigeonholed into the roles of comedically unfunny or disturbingly evil in their roles for modern media (the upcoming feature Joker reminding us a clown is one of the most iconic villains of all time); […]

Shakespeare In The Park- the past and future of the outdoor bard

“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date”, to quote the Bard, and all the shorter when you start to plan what to do with that all too fleeting flick of time. Get out to the beach as much as possible, go for a road trip, have a few barbecues, and maybe finally get out […]

The history of Fringe Festivals- on the fringes of theatre

July 11th marked another annual World Fringe Day, the celebration of Fringe Festivals internationally. An important means for artists to develop themselves and find audiences, as well as homes for many touring artists, it’s easy to understand why Fringe Festivals receive such devoted attention from those who participate and organize the events. For the uninitiated, […]

Theatrical trigger warnings and culpability

I recently had an article come to my attention, discussing London theatre company The Donmar Warehouse and their decision to begin listing warnings for potentially triggering content in their performances. While theatrical trigger warnings are by no means new (are advisories of violence, nudity, and staged smoking not the same concept under a different name?), […]

Pioneering legacy- Remembering Girish Karnad

On June 10th, revered Indian playwright, actor, and director Girish Karnad passed away. Leaving behind a monumental legacy as a pioneering artist of the 60s and onwards, Karnad has been lionized extensively in his death. Theatre and Bollywood fans have been expressing their grief as well as their gratefulness to the late artists, Indian politician […]

In fair Verona, on unceded territory- Romeo and Juliet and land acknowledgements

I recently attended a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the National Theatre School in Montréal. It was the end of semester performance for the acting students concluding their second of three years in the school’s program. And it was a good and interesting performance, the roles of Romeo and Juliet both being double cast […]

Shades of Hope- The Colour Purple at Neptune Theatre

Right now in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Canadian major theatre premiere of The Colour Purple is taking audiences by storm at Neptune Theatre. I had heard as much from several of my peers in the Halifax theatre community, some attached to this production and others simply in awe of its quality and heart. One dear […]