Monday, April 19, 2010

Nova Scotia Well Represented at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival

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The Liverpool International Theatre Festival, to be held May 19–23 at Liverpool’s Astor Theatre, is pleased to welcome four outstanding Nova Scotian theatre companies to its milestone tenth anniversary competition.
The River Hill Players, from Inverness, will join three Halifax companies—the Once Upon a Theatre Collective, the Theatre Arts Guild, and francophone players from Ca cloche dans ma caboche—at the prestigious festival.
“We’re both pleased and proud to have, among the competitors, four troupes representing Nova Scotia,” says festival artistic director Chris Heide.

The River Hill Players will perform Her Wake, starring Cindy O`Neil and Diane Mouland as two elderly Cape Breton ladies attending the wake of a mutual dear friend who has recently passed away.  As the evening progresses, their tongues loosen and they share stories about their friend at her best and her worst.  This biting social satire, a reflection on life in rural Cape Breton, has had audiences in stitches all over Nova Scotia.  Written by Inverness playwright Frank Macdonald, Her Wake is a home-grown hit.

Once Upon a Theatre Collective will present an original musical called 11:11, written by company members Jessica Barry, Rebecca Falvey, John Han, Meghan Hubley, and Kristin Slaney.  In 11:11, audiences are introduced to young Hannah and Veronica, the “world’s two loveliest sisters,” who have always believed in magic, moon sprites, superheroes, and each other.  But Hannah is on the verge of her 13th birthday, and her growing interest in boys and makeup threatens to erode the power of sisterhood and childhood dreams.  This touching play explores what happens when a child’s wish to grow up comes true earlier than it should—and what is left behind.

Alone, an original production from the Theatre Arts Guild, takes a closer look at what the titular word really means.  With a four-person choir providing a vocal backdrop, two actors play multiple roles as they deconstruct the idea of loneliness in five distinct scenes.  Taken together, Alone is a stirring and moving dramatic piece.

Le Pas Perdue, performed in French by players from the Ca cloche dans ma caboche troupe, is set in a French train station, where a host of characters arrive and depart while being confronted with conflicting schedules and difficult decisions.  A couple on the verge of a long separation, a perpetually miserable mother, a father who is sending his son to an institution—all are examined under the playwright’s dramatic lens, set against the metaphorical backdrop of a race against time.  This fast-paced drama transcends language with drama, humour, and great tenderness.

In addition to these four outstanding Nova Scotian troupes, amateur theatre groups from around the globe will converge on Liverpool to compete at LITF.  The public is invited to support amateur theatre in the Maritimes and enjoy a fabulous five days of immersion in the performing arts—cheer on your favourite performers, dissect the previous night’s plays at the daily Coffee Critiques, or participate in one of the many theatre craft workshops being offered between shows. 

Visit our website at for more information about the Liverpool International Theatre Festival.  Subscription packages are now available through the Astor Theatre box office, by phone at (902) 354-5250, or online at  Individual tickets go on sale soon.

Media inquiries may be directed to: Beth George, LITF Marketing Director, Phone: (902) 356-2670

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