Get ready for seven plays in three days as Shuswap Theatre presents Theatre on the Edge.
This exciting new event, will provide theatregoers with a weekend of short plays, live music, and a rich and stimulating café atmosphere.
Plays will be performed from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 24 to 26.
In between performances, theatregoers can enjoy music, delicious food and licensed drinks on the patio.
Four theatre productions originate in the Shuswap and three come from the Okanagan and beyond.
• A Bench at the Edge – Red Wagon Theatre (Shuswap), Friday 2 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.
A multiple award- winning dramatic comedy in the style of theatre of the absurd. A man sits on a bench at the edge of the abyss. A second man arrives. How did they come to be here? What has drawn them to the edge? Adult themes.
• Bed Among the Lentils – Nina Dickins (Shuswap), Friday 4 p.m., Saturday 11:30 a.m. A delightful one-woman show starring Nina Dickins. Susan, an unhappy churchman’s wife with a surprising secret, tells her own story.
• A Very Silly Love Story – The Third House (Shuswap), Friday 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.
Bertie and Jasmine are alone on a South Sea island, the only survivors of a shipwreck. The bump on the head that he suffered when the ship sank has resulted in Bertie losing his memory, so he has no recollection of their whirlwind romance or of being married moments before the ship sank.
• Christie in Love – Fred Skeleton Theatre (Kelowna), Friday 9 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m.
A disturbing investigation into the mind of the infamous serial killer, John Reginald Halliday Christie, who strangled eight women in his flat in Notting Hill in the 1940s and ’50s.
It is part of Brenton’s group of ‘Plays for the Poor Theatre’ – plays with minimal theatrical requirements and small casts, but fierce intensity.
• The Question Is …Calvin White (Shuswap), Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 9 p.m.
An unsettling look at an individual’s search for purpose. A psychodrama that pulls the audience into the emotions and thought processes that any human might experience given similar circumstances, and engages us in ways we might not expect. The result is theatre that, while disturbing, in the end pushes us to go deeper into the fabric of our humanness. Adult themes.
• Back and Forth and Back – Saucy Fops (Kamloops), Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.
The newest offering by Saucy Fops, this is a fast-paced and intricate show that examines the repetition and rhythm of our daily interactions, and how a simple change of perspective can often reveal mixed messages.
• Cougar Annie Tales – Katrina Kadoski (Sooke), Saturday 9 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.
This touring musical drama tells the tale of legendary pioneer settler Cougar Annie. She outlived four husbands, ran a post office/nursery business near Tofino and was a bounty hunter who claimed to have trapped many cougars.
The production was the 2012 Pick of the Fringe in Victoria and nominated Critics Choice for “Best New Play” in 2012.
All the shows are about 40 to 60 minutes, and we’re hoping to make this an annual event,” says organizer Jaci Metivier.
Tickets and information about artists and schedules is available on Facebook or at www.shuswaptheatre.com. Single tickets are $10, with three-, five- and seven-show passes available online, at Intwined Fibre Arts on Hudson Avenue or at the door.