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Shakespeare for people who don’t like Shakespeare

A year and a half ago, Jillian Keiley, the Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, asked Calgary’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop to collaborate on a production of one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies – Twelfth Night.  However, she wanted them to imagine the play without puppets.  As the Old Trouts say […]

Choreographer Mark Godden of Going Home Star on telling residential school stories through dance

Commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) with the support of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Going Home Star  explores the trauma and healing of Aboriginal residential school survivors. The story, written by novelist Joseph Boyden and staged by choreographer Mark Godden, revolves around a pair of contemporary First Nations young people coming to terms with the […]

The Crucible: Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s latest is something of a trial

Joseph Hutt is a freelance writer and editor in Ottawa, and a radio host on CKCU. You can find links to his various endeavours on his website, at I absolutely loved Sock ‘n’ Buskin‘s performance of Dr. Faustus, so when I was offered the chance of seeing their most recent production, The Crucible, I was stoked […]

Review: A Little Fire at Arts Court Theatre

I don’t think it’s all that unusual for small children to have a relationship with God, whatever they conceive that to be. The early years of life are a strange and bewildering time; a prolonged shaking off of the dreams of oblivion. You don’t think about it all that often anymore once the options of […]

Feb 5. Bronson Centre. Coeur de pirate. Be there. Soyez-y! + ticket giveaway

Béatrice Martin, a.k.a. Coeur de pirate, plays the Bronson Centre February 5th.  We spoke to her in both official languages about Ottawa, her new record, and bilingualism. Coeur de pirate on Ottawa “I have a nice relationship with Ottawa. I was 15 years old and I used to take the bus from Montreal to visit […]

Lighting a theatrical fire with Matchstick at the GCTC

Once upon a time, a girl born in an undesirable country meets a boy from the land of freedom and opportunity: and so begins the not-so-fairy-tale journey of Matchstick in Nathan Howe’s beautifully inventive musical-narrative that stitches enchanting storytelling to heart-stopping reality. Young Matchstick (Lauren Holfeuer) leaves behind a traumatic childhood moving to her uncle’s […]

Write On Ottawa: A tale of a tenacious sleuth who lets nothing stop her

Review by Molly O’Connor. A fast paced mystery with likable characters, Journey of a Thousand Steps is a valiant effort as a debut novel. Naya, the protagonist, immediately grabs the reader’s attention: she is an unusual sleuth, since she has mobility issues. Author Madona Skaff-Koren, and her protagonist, Naya, both have multiple sclerosis (MS).  Skaff-Koren describes the […]

Awaken at Ottawa’s creepiest escape room

Apt613 was recently invited by Room Escape Ottawa to try their newest escape room, Serial Killer Charade. Allowing yourself to be ‘locked’ in a room, voluntarily, for an hour (or less, if you can find your own way out) may seem like a strange way to beat the winter blues. But if you haven’t tried […]

Artist Profile: Manasseh Tagoe and his philosophy of “tears unknown”

When he isn’t busy excelling in his rigorous industrial design program at Carleton University, the creative and talented Manasseh Tagoe is inspiring other with his Tears Unknown philosophy that has carried him throughout the years, using art as a means of transmitting his mantra to others. Manasseh is an international student from Ghana spending his […]