Exciting theatre news! Ottawa’s favourite indie theatre festival is returning live and in person this spring. Undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream will run from April 20–30 at Arts Court.
Many Ottawa-based music, arts, and performance festivals will receive increased financial support through a new Ontario government funding program. The one-time increase in funding to the festival and event sector will not only help people engage with art and their communities, but will also help festival networks in need of support.
What if we told you that you could keep up your Christmas caroling tradition, support out-of-work Ottawa theatre artists and a great charity, and even have the chance to win a prize—all while being COVID-safe? That’s right: Bear & Co. have combined competition, community-building, charity, and holiday cheer with their Catch a Caroler event this holiday season.
Members of the Ottawa theatre community have come together to produce a socially distanced virtual play called Behind the Beyond, available now for free on YouTube.
There are some new outdoor activities to enjoy this weekend. We are now able to kick a soccer ball around, play a round of disc golf, shoot some hoops, or pop an ollie at the skate parks. Picnics are also now a thing. While we agree that this is very exciting news, please make sure that you enjoy these newfound freedoms safely and respectfully, while keeping your distance from others.
Orpheus still has two shows left in their current season. Rock of Ages in early March and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder in May.
BFFs: “Based on the book by Michael Ende, fans of the original story or the 1984 film adaption will not be disappointed.”
BFFs: “Filled with drills, stretches and chats about politics, periods, competition, pettiness, jealousy and family struggles, the team often borders between innocence and naivety, and hardcore passion and depth.”
60 minutes | Comedy, Solo | Mature Gerard Harris’s A Tension to Detail promises to be a play about stories, and it asks you to trust the tale but not its teller. The interesting thing about A Tension to Detail is that in just over an hour with the actor, I never once felt close to […]
By Julia Bueneman 65 minutes | Drama, Solo | PG Following a multitude of very different, very real characters, Jayson Mcdonald has created an absolute masterpiece. Flicking through half a dozen personas — both loveable and beautifully hatable — Mcdonald portrays each with a convincing newness, leaving all the various characters completely unique and individual […]
By Sandy Gibson 60 min | Comedy, Drama | PG The first question that will pop into one’s head when considering whether to see Searching for Party is: “Do I need to be a gamer to enjoy it?” I’m happy to report that as far as I’m concerned, the answer is no. Gamers may be […]
60 minutes | Comedy, Drama | PG I’ve got to be honest, I was excited for this show. But when I got there, my excitement totally paid off. Hah! Classic misdirect! Rideshares and Rope Swings is an absolutely astonishing comedy about life and death featuring the terrific pairing of Zoe Towne and Matt Hertendy. Matt […]
60 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Solo | PG Magic Unicorn Island sold out again and anyone who sees it can understand why. The horrors of war are so viscerally presented, so nuanced is the exploration of the theme and it is so artfully developed that the ending of this comedy had me in tears. That’s because Magic […]
By Julia Bueneman 55 minutes | Storytelling, Comedy, Solo | PG When was the last time you got lost or, better yet, lost yourself? Jem Rolls’s latest show is a fantastic reminder that when you are stagnant, you are stuck. A beautifully composed, captivating piece that is not only a commentary on the tourism industry […]
By Julia Bueneman 60 minutes | Comedy, Drama | PG Heartwarming, heart-wrenching, adorable and charming: Genevieve (Zoe Towne) and Reid (Matt Hertendy) have incredible onstage chemistry. Rapid-fire dialogue, hilarious one-liners, brilliant writing, and wonderfully elaborate characters: this is a show that has everything (and a little bit of unexpected more). Two strangers embark on a […]