#FridayFive: 5 shows not to miss at the 2018 PuSh Festival

Each year in January, Vancouver awakens from its winter doldrums with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

Now in its 14th year, the 2018 PuSh Festival takes place at venues around Vancouver from January 16 through February 4.

Featuring 28 works from 11 countries, here are five we think you should not miss:

The Events

Inspired by the massacre of 77 people by Anders Breivik in Norway in 2011, The Events (Jan 17-28) sets out to answer the most difficult question of all: why? Each performance will feature a different choral group from the Metro Vancouver area sharing the stage with the show’s two actors.

The Events
Pi Theatre presents The Events. Photo by Emily Cooper.


UK artist Andy Field brings a Vancouver-centric version of Lookout (Jan 20-21) to a location high-above our city. As children describe the future as they imagine it, the piece becomes a bridge between people who might not normally meet.

Lookout. Photo by Oliver Crawford.
Lookout. Photo by Oliver Crawford.

It’s Dark Outside

From Australia’s The Last Great Hunt, comes the family-friendly It’s Dark Outside (Jan 24-28) in which puppetry, animation, shadow play and live performance combine to tell an epic western about redemption and dementia.

It's Dark Outside. Photo by Richard Jefferson.
It’s Dark Outside. Photo by Richard Jefferson.

King Arthur’s Night

Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre brings a new twist on an old tale with King Arthur’s Night (Jan 31-Feb 4). A live band, a 20-person choir and an inclusive cast helps shape this legend for a modern audience.

King Arthur's Night. Photo by Tristan Casey.
King Arthur’s Night. Photo by Tristan Casey.

Dickie Beau: Unplugged

As part of this year’s Club PuSh, Dickie Beau: Unplugged (Jan 19-20) updates the drag show tradition in a show that defies easy description.

Dickie Beau
Dickie Beau