Tuesday evening marked the beginning of Ottawa’s third annual undercurrents festival at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington Street West). Festival Director Pat Gauthier’s showcase of six theatre productions includes a mix of local and national creations that highlight some of the best cutting-edge theatre in the country. With each show lasting about an […]
75 minutes (no intermission) | Drama | PG Theatre for football fans; football for theatre fans; storytelling for all. Let’s start with theatre for football fans. From the tailgate party an hour before the show, to the green and white flags hung prominently, the green and white pom-poms, green bench and green cowboy hat on […]
60 minutes (no intermission) | Storytelling | G “Our neighbour was German. How come we have to leave and he doesn’t?” What more is there to say about the internment of Japanese Canadians that we haven’t already read in Joy Kogawa’s novel Obasan, published in 1981? It turns out that there’s plenty. Obasan and The Tashme Project share many […]
There are some things on which playwrights Anthony Johnston and Nathan Schwartz agree. They agree that they wrote a prank letter to a fundamentalist “ex-gay” organization. They asked for funds to develop a new play. The organization invited them to workshop the play at the group’s rural retreat. The offer was conditional: they had to […]
Welcome to the weekend of love (and dance parties). We’ve got at least one, if not many, happening tonight through Sunday! DJ Jas Nasty and Friends, will be taking you back to the Seedy Seventies tonight, at Oz Kafe. They will be playing all the best rock, punk, and funk from the decade. If jazz […]
Miscegenation (noun): the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types. Sarah Waisvisz travels a murky, muddled and miss-remembered heritage in Monstrous a world premiere performance at undercurrents that blends storytelling to dance in Waisvisz search for cultural belonging. Premiering during Black History Month this work comes at an opportune moment offering insight […]
undercurrents has built a reputation as a forum for “theatre below the mainstream”, a place where artists and audiences are encouraged to take chances with original contemporary theatre. Since 2011, it has brought 12 world premieres to stage. Kristina Watt and Martha Ross’s Particle is one such premiere. Particle has a pedigree. Ottawa audiences know […]
Moonlodge – part of the undercurrents festival of new plays – is a reworking of an Aboriginal Canadian classic by playwright Margo Kane. As part of the festival, it was workshopped at the NAC Fourth Stage on February 12 and 13. This is the NAC’s first participation in undercurrents; here’s hoping it’s not the last. […]
Listen To Me is speed dating as theatre, with the stated goal of attempting to tear people away from their phones long enough to make a genuine face to face connection with another human. In the Arts Court Studio, a total of eight ticket holders per performance are given a name tag and assigned a […]
There’s a quote I’ve seen kicking around a lot recently, usually attributed to Margaret Atwood, though there’s some controversy about its exact origin and wording; it goes something like “Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.” Whoever said it and however it was said, the sentiment hits […]
This testing ground for indie theatre has seen more than forty short plays premiere since 2012. It’s a chance to see nascent ideas tested out before a live audience. And it’s that opportunity to explore potential, without the fear of failure, that makes Fresh Meat such a unique night out.
This year’s undercurrents festival, to be held in February, will be headlined by repeats, solo shows among an eclectic 8-show lineup.
This personal story cum TEDtalk raises universal questions about aging and eldercare that are provocative and timely. Milner’s work is well-timed with law makers currently struggling to legislate Canada’s 2015 Supreme Court ruling on the right to assisted suicide.
The 8th undercurrents festival is running from February 7–17 at Arts Court Theatre and the National Arts Centre. Tickets cost $20–25 and admission to some shows is on a pay-what-you-can basis.
The Pipeline Project is playing in the undercurrents festival at Arts Court Theatre until February 10, 2018.