Trad

Trad
by Mark Doherty

Nov 27 – Dec 15

Trad has the makings of a surrealistic mini-epic voyage. Da is a cantankerous 130 something year-old man lamenting the fact that his much spryer 100 something year-old son Thomas did not provide the family with an offspring to continue the family line. But Thomas has a secret! Many decades prior, he gave in to a moment of reckless passion that resulted in the very thing that could relieve Da’s despair. The problem is… Thomas has never met his progeny and has no idea where this child could be. So they set out together on a paternal quest that becomes much more than a simple trek to locate an estranged child of 70 something. The obstacles and characters Da and Thomas encounter on their journey become symbols for life’s challenges, and this whimsical tale – while never taking itself too seriously – delivers a warm reflection on our need to belong.

“Quite funny… Snider and Tipping… play these roles so well… quite remarkable… very well supported by David Conway… The production also boasts one of the better sets I’ve seen at Inconnu.” CBC On The Island

“A fun break from seasonal fare… Trad pokes affectionate fun at Irish theatre’s rich history… Snider particularly impressed as Da… comes fully into her own.”  Times Colonist

Directed by Wendy Merk
Cast (alphabetically): David Conway, Gloria Snider, Deirdre Tipping

Preview: Nov 27 @ 8pm
8pm: Nov 28, 29, Dec 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
2pm: Dec 1, 8, 15

Reservations and Ticket Sales

Through TICKET ROCKET:  ticketrocket.co or   250-590-6291 (a $2.50 surcharge will be added).

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

Complimentary tickets, special needs seating, and subscribers: need to reserve directly through Theatre Inconnu.

Ticket Prices:
14 regular, $10 seniors (60+) /students/unwaged
Nov 27 – Preview is $7
Tuesday Dec 4 is Pay-What-You-Wish admission

The show is about 100 minutes long, including one intermission.

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.

We are wheelchair accessible
Gloria Snider, David Conway, Deirdre Tipping

FALSTAFF

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Falstaff – available for touring

Performed and adapted by Clayton Jevne

from the novel Falstaff by Robert Nye

Clayton Jevne’s, one-actor presentation of Robert Nye’s Guardian Fiction Award winning “biographical” novel, Falstaff, is imaginatively based – with Shakespearean borrowings – upon the life of the actual historical figure of Sir John Fastolf, from whom Shakespeare drew his original inspiration.

To decide if this production is suitable for your festival or event, please read the following, as well as this full-length review (of the longer version of this show) from the Coastal Spectator.

Falstaff is a one-actor romp through the life of Sir John: from birth and continuing into to his eighth decade. Fifteenth century Britain is brought back to life as Jack takes us into battles, bedrooms, and bars. Nye’s Falstaff/Fastolf is a finely balanced persona, combining both the comical figure of Shakespeare’s self-absorbed buffoon, and the more subdued historic figure of Sir John Fastolf; whose extensive writings chronicled the latter part of the Hundred Years War.

This production is available in both 90 and 75 minute versions, making it suitable for different presentation situations.  The longer version is the more “adult” oriented, and does not shy away from some of the ribald details that Nye uses to colour Sir John’s more senuous inclinations. The shorter version discreetly preserves our hero’s more hedonistic qualities while placing an emphasis on his swash-buckling adventures.

Jevne’s/Nye’s Falstaff paints a colourful portrait of medieval England as well as providing a first hand account of some of the Hundred Years War’s significant battles – including Falstaff’s encounter with Joan of Arc.

Falstaff premiered for a very successful three-week run in 2013 at Theatre Inconnu in Victoria, BC, Canada.  This was followed in 2014 by an equally successful showing at the Gabriola Theatre Festival on Gabriola Island, BC.

The Publishers Weekly wrote of Nye’s novel, “Unabashedly bawdy and outrageously raunchy.”

Reviews of this performance have stated,
“Amazing… a very fine actor… a wonderful story teller.”  CBC (Canada’s national broadcaster)
“Masterful… Sympathetic, without losing his bawdy edge.”  Monday Magazine, Victoria
“A character we continue to love… an impressive outing.”  Times Colonist, Victoria
“Unapologetically profane, but sacred and poetic at the same time… masterful acting, never fell into caricature.” Coastal Spectator

VIDEO EXCERPTS

A bit of a bio on the performer:

Clayton Jevne is foremost a theatre practitioner, having founded and led Theatre Inconnu (Victoria’s longest surviving alternative theatre company) since 1978. He has been active with the company in over 100 productions as actor, director, or designer; his solo performances have toured in four countries. Clayton has also pursued scholarly activities, earning a PhD in Performance Practice and Theory from the University of Victoria. He is published in the Canadian Journal of Practice-Based Research in Theatre; and his adaptation, One-Man Hamlet, has been issued by Ekstasis Editions.

Booking Contact information

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(250) 360-0234

709 Yates Street
PO Box 8796 – Victoria Main Post Office
Victoria, BC
Canada
V8W 3S3

 

 

 

Age of Arousal

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Age of Arousal
by Linda Griffiths

Feb 14 – Mar 4

This highly praised play, set against a backdrop of the late 19th woman’s suffrage movement in London, was the final play of Linda Griffiths, one of Canada’s most lauded modern theatre voices. The setting is a school for secretaries run by Mary, with help from her lover Rhoda.  As the school welcomes three new pupils – all sisters – political ideology begins to butt heads with human desire. The frequent presence of the striking doctor Barfoot adds fuel to the fire. We begin to see that each character’s vision of liberation is as unique as their individual personalities, and that common ground in a cause can be infuriatingly elusive. According to Griffiths this play was “wildly inspired” by George Gissing’s Victoria novel The Odd Women. In her own words, “Age of Arousal doesn’t take place in historical reality but in… a dream of Victorian England.”

“Who knew a play about proto-feminists in Victorian England could be so fascinating and funny?.. the balance between humour and drama was just right… a small gem — entertaining, satisfying and worth seeking out.”   Time Colonist

“Extremely good… strong acting, deft directing… lots of laughs… ribald, edgy… explores the hearts and minds of women, no different than the women of today… emotionally fleshed out characters… honest sense of humanity… The ensemble cast is dynamite… Kudos to this ensemble… It’s smart, sexy fun.”
 CBC

“A passionate cry for equality and freedom … The cast is a gift… Age of Arousal is more than worth seeing.”
 Showbill

“Theatre Inconnu has done it again! A powerhouse cast of accomplished actors… Age of Arousal simmers with sexuality, ideas and humour.” Janis Lacouvee – I Have My Own Life to Live

Directed by Wendy Merk

Cast (alphabetically): Joy Lynn Andersen as Virginia, Ellen Law as Monica, Fran Patterson as Mary, Gloria Snider as Alice, Deirdre Tipping as Rhoda, and Corin Wrigley as Everard.

Preview: Feb 14-8pm
8pm shows: Feb 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 25, 28, Mar 2, 3, 4
2pm show: Feb 18, 25, Mar 4

Reservations and Ticket Sales

Through TICKET ROCKET: 
ticketrocket.co or   250-590-6291 (a $2.50 surcharge will be added).

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.

Ticket prices: $14 regular, $10 seniors (60+) /students/unwaged
Feb 14 – Preview is $7
Tuesday Feb 21 is Pay-What-You-Wish admission

The show is about 2 and a half hours long, including one intermission.

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.

 We are wheelchair accessible.

AROUSAL 5Deirdre Tipping, Fran Patterson, Gloria Snider, Ellen Law