MAINSTAGE JULY 2018
July 4th - 29th (except Mondays)
Hook Line & Sinner
By Mary-Colin Chisholm
Directed by Natasha MacLellan
Sister Vivian Salter returns for the final installment of our Mystery Trilogy. Sister Vivian must exonerate her old friend Ken, a successful paleontologist with whom she’s just reconnected. It appears to be an open and shut case; he killed his wife Lucia because he believed she was usurping his accomplishments. In order to exonerate Ken, Sister must find the real killer...could it be his daughter Sophia? Is Sister’s objectivity compromised by the fact she dated Ken before answering her religious calling? Strangely, the mud that captured dying creatures two hundred million years ago, turning their bones to stone on the Fundy cliffs, now holds the clue to a modern murder.
MAINSTAGE AUGUST 2018
August 8th - September 2nd (except Mondays)
Any Given Moment
by Kim Parkhill
Directed by Natasha MacLellan
A co-production with Theatre New Brunswick
Lisa is an upper middle-class helicopter Mom; Emma is a twenty-something with a severe case of the existential crisis blues; and Bill is an aging homeless man, from the sticks. Three strangers, separated by economic class, life experience and ideology, are thrown together by circumstance - or is it fate? - and forced into a shared experience punctuated by fear, conflict, and revelation. Set in present day, small-town Canada, where ‘nothing happens’ but in today's world, anything could. Kim’s play is an excellent example of global themes in a rural context.
See our award-winning show Chasing Champions before it goes to the National Arts Centre in November 2018.
October 18 - 20th
by Jacob Sampson
A remount of the Ship’s Award-winning production.
Jacob Sampson and a small ensemble cast bring to life the boxing world of 1910s and 20s; the danger and reward of surviving by your fists, and breaking the mold society has set for you. Chasing Champions takes you on the journey of Sam Langford's boxing career. It also uses flashback and a flexible timeline to explore the fighter’s life as a child growing up in Nova Scotia and what forged him into one of the greatest fighters who ever lived.
Chasing Champions is a physical experience that brings the audience into training and the ring, from the corner to the mat, and pays tribute to a great man who was almost forgotten.
Chasing Champions was created by Ship's Company Theatre in 2016 and went on to win six Theatre Nova Scotia Merritt Awards, including Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Production.
Champions won 6 of 9 Merritt Awards it was nominated for:
- Outstanding Lead Actor Male - Jacob Sampson
- Outstanding Supporting Actor Male - Marty Burt
- Outstanding Lighting Design - Leigh Ann Vardy
- Outstanding New Play (NS) - Jacob Sampson
- Outstanding Scenic Design - Garrett Barker (Set)
- & Corwin Ferguson (Projections)
- Outstanding Production - Ship's Company Theatre
Photo credit: Michelle Doucette
August 1st & 2nd
Step inside Burnwater: Alchemy, a performance installation at the crossroads of place, memory and the natural world. Weaving together percussion, dance, poetry and the extraordinary iron sound-sculptures of Nova Scotia blacksmith John Little, the audience is immersed in a delightfully imaginative world, suspended in time and place.
A collaboration between Mocean Dance and Hear Here Productions, Burnwater: Alchemy brings the outdoors in to create a spellbinding experience for the audience.
“A reverie of magical sounds and movements. A semi-dream state of beauty and contentment” - Burnwater Audience Member
September 20th -21st
Uncle Podger’s Hat
by Mike Hirschbach
Uncle Podger’s Hat is a sophisticated and beautifully structured show that combines Hirschbach’s skills at juggling, unicycling and physical comedy with story.
Children of all ages are delighted by Hirschbach’s ‘tricks' that include playing a saw, conducting and whistling the William Tell Overture, and being kissed by a jack-in-the-box gone nuts - while presented within the gentle, nostalgic context of an adult telling a story about his mentor, his crazy, eccentric Uncle Podger.
“Hirschbach is at the peak of his powers in this finely crafted piece of work."
-Elissa, Alderney Gate
“The show is a series of anecdotes about Uncle Podger and his wacky ways, brought to life through gentle storytelling and a charming performance. It’s about the ways in which people have great influences on our lives, and not letting go of the wonder that comes from new discoveries. Uncle Podger’s Hat is a show that will delight all ages.”
– Michael Lake, The Coast