Author Archives: Burke Campbell

About Burke Campbell

Photographer, Writer, Journalist, Dramatist.

CATS IN BOOTS FOR CHRISTMAS

CATS IN BOOTS AT CHRISTMAS For the past several years, there has been a Christmas season’s pantomime at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. Each year, Jane A. Shields and Rosemary Doyle write a script, which features the recurring character of the … Continue reading

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MACBETH UNDER THE SKY

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a fable about how we hear what we like, until it’s too late. The drama is perhaps the Bard’s most concise, bloody; mysterious work. It’s a cogent study of how a person’s latent ambition is teased out … Continue reading

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THE CENOTAPH PROJECT

THE CENOTAPH PROJECT “And what the dead had no speech for, when living, They can tell you, being dead…” — T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. History records facts, dates, and events. Individuals are rarely noted, except on monuments to the dead, … Continue reading

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SEX T-REX ROARS

SEX T-REX ROARS IN CRIME AFTER CRIME (AFTER CRIME) Toronto theatre team scores in a phenomenal parody of crime film genres. Period genres in the movies carry markings as distinct as leopard spots. For example, in film noir of the … Continue reading

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THE SUDDEN RISE OF IMPRESSIVE TALENT

Iain Moggach: New Artistic Director at Theatre by the Bay, Barrie, Ontario In 2015, Iain Moggach was a theatre arts student at George Brown in Toronto, mostly centred on acting. But in 2018, only three years later, he would be … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS PANTO ROCKS SANDCASTLE

RED SANDCASTLE launches the New Year with theatrical fireworks! A pantomime or panto is a kind of musical comedy, developed in England and performed during Christmas and New Years. Every year, Red Sandcastle Theatre premieres a newly-minted holiday pantomime. Originally, … Continue reading

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UNHOLY FINDS A PERFECT SETTING

UNHOLY FINDS A PERFECT SETTING AT ZOOMERHALL UNHOLY is a play about whether or not today’s women need religion. Primarily this is because most organized religions, dominated by men, have institutionalized virulent misogyny. These religions have mostly failed to promote … Continue reading

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STONER FARCE FOR THE AGES

Hit ‘stoner’ comedy takes off! FARCE ON A GRAND SCALE In January, 2004, the decent folk of Barrie, Ontario, had their innocence shattered. On a far-fetched tip, the police swarmed a huge building, once the site of the Molson’s brewery, … Continue reading

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MARY OF SHANTY BAY

Glowing Production of New Work “The dancers are all gone under the hill.” – T. S. Eliot, The Four Quartets Leaving home, or making a new one, is an essential part of human history. But if you ask anyone what … Continue reading

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Triumphal Chariot

  Chariots of Fire has opened in London, Ontario. It’s a stage version of the early 1980s Academy Award winning film of the same name. The original stage adaptation had its premiere in London, England in 2012, and now, the … Continue reading

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DEFINITIVE PRODUCTION OF A CLASSIC

  “After watching several productions of this classic drama across a lifetime, for me, the Grand Theatre’s production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is definitive.” – Burke Campbell Tennessee Williams’ semi-autobiographical drama, The Glass Menagerie, premiered in 1944, nearly … Continue reading

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SEX AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

First produced at the Stratford Festival, and written by Hannah Moscovitch, BUNNY is a play about a girl, Sorrell, nicknamed “Bunny”. Bunny grows up, discovers puberty, and takes to sex like a rabbit takes to carrots. Bunny enjoys a large … Continue reading

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NOAH REID’S HAMLET

Tarragon Theatre’s presentation of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is not for purists. Those looking for a standard-issue staging of the Bard will freak at this production. This show is bare bones and the stage is mostly stripped, with only a row … Continue reading

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A TIMELY STORY

      The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, is one of the most beautiful in the country. Its interior is an architectural gem of the Victorian era, with a vast, cosy stage that provides the ideal frame for one … Continue reading

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SMOOTH & DANGEROUS: The Voice of David Michael Moote

In 2017, David Michael Moote auditioned for OPERUS, a newly-assembled metal band with lush, symphonic overtones. Differing from most groups, Operus is composed of highly trained musicians and they needed someone with particular skills. In Moote, they struck pure gold. … Continue reading

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