MagNorth: A Post-Mortem

Following the cancellation of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival March 22nd, NOC’s Wes Babcock spoke with board member John Goldsmith in a search for more information about the cancellation, the festival’s history, and its future. Dark Day Mondays goes investigative. In order to better understand the Festival’s cancellation, it’s necessary to talk a bit about it’s … Continue reading MagNorth: A Post-Mortem

Momentum

In the wake of the Magnetic North cancellation last week, (to say nothing of the hopefully non-permanent Puppets Up cancellation) I’ve been thinking a lot about the way momentum works in the theatrical ecosystem. Festivals of all kinds are effective because they create an environment where many different creators can come together, and do the administrative … Continue reading Momentum

A Brimful of Asha: Too Much Talk Show and Not Enough Theatre

A Brimful of Asha: Too Much Talk Show and Not Enough Theatre Brianna McFarlane                 Readers be warned: if you really enjoyed A Brimful of Asha, written and performed by Ravi and Asha Jain, at Ottawa’s 2013 Magnetic North Theatre Festival, you may want to stop reading now. It’s ok, it’s easy to see why … Continue reading A Brimful of Asha: Too Much Talk Show and Not Enough Theatre

Tremblay is a Pleasure For All

    Tremblay is a Pleasure For All Brianna McFarlane Lorne Cardinal & Margo Kane in Western Canada Theatre's production of For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. Photos by Barbara Zimonick. Filling the National Arts Centre’s largest theatre space is no easy task, yet For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, written by Michel … Continue reading Tremblay is a Pleasure For All

The War of 1812: History Like You’ve Never Seen

                The War of 1812: History Like You've Never Seen Brianna McFarlane              Photograph by Michael Cooper, 2013               I admit, with much chagrin, that I am not well versed in the War of 1812. When it’s brought up in casual conversation, I’m that person that asks, “is that … Continue reading The War of 1812: History Like You’ve Never Seen