Category Archives: arts

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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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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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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COMING UP SOON !

Coming Up Soon — The 5th Annual 1000 Monkeys Play Writing Event – 2017 Five years ago, I arrived for the first-ever 1000 Monkeys Play Writing Event at the Red Sandcastle Theatre. Convened by the theatre’s Artistic Director, Rosemary Doyle, … Continue reading

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A LOOK IN THE MIRROR

  This production of Alex Dault’s play, The Five Points, premieres in the handsome Mady Centre, on a corner of The Five Points, a series of intersecting streets in downtown Barrie, Ontario. Dault created the drama from hundreds of interviews, … Continue reading

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A FASCINATING THRILLER PREMIERES

    (Left to right) Kyle Bailey, Alexander Thomas in Stephen Joffe’s Letters to Annabelle. Photo by John Gundy. Last night, I took in Stephen Joffe’s new play, Letters to Annabelle, at the MAY Cafe, premiering during the Fringe festival. … Continue reading

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A TURN OF THE PAGE

After a few brief years, The Storefront Theatre closed at its location, 955 Bloor Street West, near the Ossington subway stop. Rather scruffy looking, and on a corner, the small space become home to some of the most talented directors, … Continue reading

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THE RED LACQUERED BOX

“Love. Yes. Madame Tullée was an expert in matters of the heart. She could listen to any man, or any woman—to their problems.“ Initially written as prose, my play, The Red Lacquered Box adapted easily to the stage. In late … Continue reading

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AT THE EXTREMITY OF MALENESS

In the dramatic presentation KATA, we enter the stark space. There are large monitors, left and right. We, the audience, are “investors” there to view four soldiers, examples of ideal men, their bodies stressed to the limit. The four “products” … Continue reading

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A CHILLING INCANDESCENCE

The inspiration for both the  Italian Mime Suicide and Three Red Days springs from real-life events. In the hands of ordinary artists, the ideas embodied in these two distinct shows might come off as silly or so abstract, no one … Continue reading

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CASTLE FULL OF MONKEYS

  I was thrilled to attended the 4th Annual 1000 Monkeys Play Writing Festival at the Red Sandcastle Theatre.  Each year, playwrights crowd into the little, perfect theatre, sitting around tables, typing up a storm, and devouring piles of gorgeous food. … Continue reading

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