Category Archives: playwright

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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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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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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NEW CULT TEXAS COMEDY

    I wrote my dark, outrageous comedy, The Lady in Shoes from Hell about 30 years ago. But it was not until I showed it to Rosemary Doyle, the Artistic Director of the Red Sandcastle Theatre, was the work … 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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ANTON & OLGA

  I Take Your Hand in Mine… is a drama, based on the letters exchanged between the Russian literary giant Anton Chekhov and his wife, the important actress, Olga Knipper.  In a script created by Carol Rocamora, and directed by … 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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DREAM HOMES

Radiant Vermin by famed British playwright Philip Ridley has opened at DIRTY TALK, 167 Augusta Avenue. You arrive, descend a flight of stairs. There’s a waiting area, glowing with pink light and overhead, a huge sign that reads “DREAM HOMES”. After … Continue reading

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REAL AND CONSISTENT TALENT

Life is worthwhile only if you make it interesting, and if you hang with interesting folk. For me, what usually makes others fascinating is their talent, tenacity, and the fortitude to bring that talent to the public’s eye. About two … Continue reading

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BARE AND INTENSE

Drama in a Downtown Bar Wolf Manor’s production of Danny & The Deep Blue Sea is making its appearance at several Toronto bars right now, starring Dylan Brenton and Bria McLaughlin.  John Patrick Shanley’s drama, which premiered in the early … Continue reading

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GENIUS IN A LAMP

  Every year at Christmas time, The Red Sandcastle Theatre stages a pantomime, for kids and grown ups. A pantomime is a kind of silly fairy tale, full of hammy acting, songs, dances, and audience interaction. The pantomimes at the … Continue reading

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