IF WE WERE BIRDS

IF WE WERE BIRDS

If We Were Birds by Erin Shields

“Inconnu has to be commended for their bravery. Everyone should see this play”  CVV Magazine
“Theatre Inconnu has once again delivered on their mandate of presenting challenging work.” Janis Lavcouvee, I Have My Own Life to Live
“It educates.  It terrifies… It’s a gutsy choice from a little theatre company known for gutsy choices.” CBC Radio

 If We Were Birds, by one of Canada’s most accomplished young playwrights, was a 2011 Governor General Award winning play. The story – based upon the ancient Greek poem Metamorphoses by Ovid – tells the tale surrounding the brutal rape of Philomena (daughter of King Pandion of Athens) by her brother-in-law, King Tereus of Thrace. Shields engages in a harrowing exploration of violence and revenge, focusing upon the treatment and suffering of women in times of conflict, with contemporary references to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Nanking, and Berlin. Shields incorporates a full spectrum of theatrical style and genre, using her superior poetical skill to create a mesmerizing script. Under the guidance of accomplished director Wendy Merk, (The Penelopiad at Langham Court Theatre) Theatre Inconnu boasts an ensemble cast of talented local actors who are fully committed to tackling this challenging topic with skill and courage.

Directed by Wendy Merk
Featuring (alphabetically): Montgomery Bjornson, Rosemary Jeffery, Petra Kixmoller, Tracey Roath, Natalie Shaw, Gloria Snider, Kevin Stinson, Melissa Taylor, Keeley Teuber.

Costumes: Keri Garland
Visuals & Sound: Kevin Stinson
Fight Choreography: Sylvie LaRiviere
Music Composer: Ivana Jokic
Stage Manager: Philippa Catling

Preview  8pm: Sept 29
8pm: Sept 30, Oct 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
2pm:  Oct 3, 10, 17

Reservations and Ticket Sales

Through TICKET ROCKET:  http://www.ticketrocket.co/event/details/75802/if-we-were-birds or   250-590-6291 (price will include a $2.50  surcharge).

Or you can reserve directly through THEATRE INCONNU: Phone (250) 360-0234    or by   Email.
(please do not reserve through Facebook)
-Complimentary tickets, special needs seating, and subscribers: need to reserve directly through Theatre Inconnu
We are wheelchair accessible.

Ticket prices:  $14 (regular), $10 (seniors, students, unwaged)
Sept 29 – Preview is $7
Tuesday Oct 6,  is Pay-What-You-Wish admission

 

Theatre Inconnu is located at 1923 Fernwood Road (across the street from the Belfry Theatre).  For parking we suggest the side streets west of Fernwood Road as these do not have parking restriction signs.

BIRDS-1A

Clockwise from bottom left: Rosemary Jeffery, Petra Kixmoller, Kevin Stinson, Gloria Snider, Tracey Roath, Natalie Shaw

SPIT DELANEY’S ISLAND

SPIT DELANEY

 

 

 

 

Spit Delaney’s Island by Charles Tidler from the short story by Jack Hodgins

 

“Spit is played to crusty perfection by… Clayton Jevne… Susie Mullen hits all the right notes.  Kudos are also due to Catriona Black and Perry Burton.”   Martlet

“a great [holiday] option… nicely staged… a charming play.”  CBC Radio 1 – On the Island

“Tidler has retained Hodgins’ distinctive voice with deft skill and great sensitivity… a powerful sense of people and place… Spit Delaney’s Island is worth seeing.”  Times Colonist

“I walked away full of pride for an island way-of-life… if you have never attended one of their shows up until now, make yourself a promise to do so.”
I Have My Own Life to Live – Janis Lacouvee

Jack Hodgins is an internationally lauded local writer whose original book of short stories of the same name won the Eaton’s Book Prize and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award.

Charles Tidler is a local playwright, novelist, and poet of international renown. He is Chalmers Outstanding Play Award recipient, as well as a Governor General Award nominee.

Spit Delaney is a steam locomotive operator at a pulp mill.

After decades of rising at 4am to fire up his beloved steam engine, Spit finds himself without this job when the pulp mill replaces “Old Number One” with a modern diesel engine. Spit declares that he is: “Not sure of where or how I belong.” Spit’s relationship with his family and the world around him is thrown in turmoil as he doggedly tries to hang onto an identity that is no longer relevant. This is the stuff of comedy, and yet it is also the stuff of the human condition. As we laugh at Spit’s misguided struggle to stay the same, we empathize with his loneliness at being left behind while others move on – more readily adapting to a changing world. But there are magical forces at work here, guiding Spit – kicking and screaming – towards a deeper understanding of himself and an unexpected outcome.

“Jack Hodgins has done for the people of Vancouver Island what… Faulkner did for the American South. He has burned them into the national consciousness.” The Gazette (Montreal)

Directed by Karen Lee Pickett.
Featuring (alphabetically): Catriona Black, Perry Burton, Clayton Jevne & Susie Mullen
Costumes by Shayna Ward
Lighting by Clayton Jevne
Sound by Karen Lee Pickett
Stage Managed by Sylvia Lindstrom

Preview  8pm:  Dec 1
8pm:  Dec 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19
2pm:  Dec 5, 12, 19

Reservations and Ticket Sales

Reserve directly through THEATRE INCONNU: Phone (250) 360-0234    or by   Email.

We are wheelchair accessible.

Ticket prices:  $14 (regular), $10 (seniors, students, unwaged)
Dec 1 – Preview is $7
Wednesday Dec 9,  is Pay-What-You-Wish admission

Theatre Inconnu is located at 1923 Fernwood Road (across the street from the Belfry Theatre).  For parking we suggest the side streets west of Fernwood Road as these do not have parking restriction signs.

SPIT-11
Clayton Jevne, Perry Burton and Susie Mullen as:
Spit Delaney, Waiter, Stella Delaney
Photo by Monique Cartesan