“Damned if it isn’t really good. More than that, it just might be the best version of this show I’ve ever seen… 90 minutes of great storytelling.” John Threlfall, Monday Magazine, 2001
For 8 years Theatre Inconnu presented Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at various historical location in Victoria BC. The show was adapted and directed by Clayton Jevne, with Clayton and Sandra Ritter performing it. Sandra also designed the sound/music-scape, and played live harp.
This particular recorded performance took place on Christmas Eve, 2000, at Emily Carr House (built in 1863) in Victoria BC. Emily had written that A Christmas Carol was one of her favorite stories, and she carried a copy with her in her painting frock. The performance of the show in the Carr dining room, on this night, was a magical experience.
Other heritage locations that saw performances of this production included: Craigflower Schoolhouse (built in1854), Gyppeswyk House (part of the Art Gallery of greater Victoria, built in 1889), Craigdarroch Castle (1887), St. Anne’s Academy Chapel (1858), and the Parfitt Building (now the Paul Phillips Hall, built in1909, and current home to Theatre Inconnu).
We recognize that the recording picture and sound quality is less than we would expect from a more modern digital video, but we hope that this copy of the original VHS recording will provide some joy and entertainment.
We would like to acknowledge the wonderful help of Jan Ross and family for their help with this particular show (as then custodians of Emily Carr House).
This production was conceived, designed, directed and acted by Theatre Inconnu Artistic Director, Clayton Jevne. Between 1991 and 2008 the show toured in 4 countries (UK, Mexico, US, Canada) logging over 600 performances. In 2011 Clayton remounted the show to celebrate the 20th year since its inception. This performance was videoed and we would now like to share this performance with you.
Tim Gosley’s The Heart Coffer: a puppeteer’s quest for the universal heart. (a multi-discipline show using puppetry, music, and projections)
About the Show Tim Gosley is grateful to Theatre Inconnu for accepting to produce The Heart Coffer: a puppeteer’s quest for the universal heart. The show, created during Gosley’s artist in residence fellowship at UVic’s The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, was going to be cancelled due to COVID; as happened to so many others. The Canada Council Digital Originals (#digitaloriginals2020) initiative stepped in to provide resources to put the performance online, but there still was needed a venue, and hopefully a live audience. Theatre Inconnu saved the day by engaging The Fernwood Community Association’s Paul Phillips Hall and providing all things technical. We are following all COVID regulations, and are allowed a limited audience of 14 patrons for each of our 4 public performances.
The Heart Coffer examines the heart, material and ethereal, through the eyes of Tim Gosley, the grandfather of Canadian puppetry, a boomer puppeteer. It is an esoteric variety show with a lot of heart and many styles of puppetry: muppet-style, video projected, laser shadowed, object manipulated and there are even puppets made from oyster shells. The show has a musical weave from fellow boomers, Douglas Henley, (sitar, tar, guitar, electric bass and lute,) and Niel Golden, (tabla, cajón, and hang.) We are miners for a heart of gold.
The THEATRE INCONNU YOUTH PROGRAM is
proud to announce Roy Henry Vickers PEACE
DANCER Saturday, September 14 at 2pm Centennial Square, Victoria,
BC part of The Pacific Peoples’
Partnership’s ONE WAVE GATHERING
Originally performed at Government House
in 2017 as part of Theatre Inconnu’s Puppets for Peace Celebration, PEACE
DANCER is inspired by the book of the same name written and illustrated by Roy
Henry Vickers along with co-writer Lucky Budd. It tells a cautionary Tsimshian
flood tale predating Noah and the arc. Puppeteer, Tim Gosley asked Mr. Vickers
if he would come to Victoria and tell his story while performers illustrate it
with giant banners and puppets taken from the designs in his book. He agreed, and
two years later he is coming back again.
The cast of over twenty is comprised of
a rainbow of community performers including indigenous youth from different
nations and a mix of others both young and older. Along with the storytelling
of Roy Henry Vickers, we are honored to have indigenous drummer Avery Nelson as
lead drummer and Metis actor Colin Mah playing Crow. Directors Krystal Cook and
Barbara Poggemiller both have a rich background in movement theatre. STORY
THEATRE members under the direction of David McPherson provide performance
mentoring and stage management. It is produced by Tim Gosley.
We would like to thank the Pacific
People’s Partnership for inviting us to be part of the wonderful ONE WAVE
The THEATRE INCONNU YOUTH PROGRAM is
dedicated to unique, often one-time events, that nurture the creativity of
young children to older youth. These have included acting classes with original
plays, activity booths at public events, puppet workshops, the Puppets for
Peace Celebration and now Roy Henry Vickers PEACE DANCER.
We are grateful guests on the traditional and unceeded
territories of the Lekwungen Peoples (now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt
FROM 2017 http://www.timescolonist.com/puppets-for-peace-aims-to-make-the-world-a-better-place-
Tim Gosley email@example.com