The Cultch is banking on twenty shows for its 2014-2015 season that not only includes new performances, but includes some past favourites as well.
Opening the season in September is the return of puppeteer Ronnie Burkett’s blend of improvisation and variety show, The Daisy Theatre. Sold out in 2013, this new edition promises both something new and something familiar in of itself.
“The Daisy Theatre is so much about improvisation that it is a different show every night and so many people didn’t get a chance to see it last year,” says The Cultch Executive Director Heather Redfern who admits that programming it and a few other returning shows is a bit of an experiment. “It will be an opportunity to find out if audiences will come. Plus I’ve received such great feedback from the returning artists who really appreciate the opportunity to revisit some of these shows.”
Following Burkett’s puppets is Butt Kapinski, winner of the 2013 Cultchivating the Fringe Award, an award given by The Cultch each year to a performance from the Vancouver Fringe Festival that demonstrates a strong potential for further development. With a 16+ age warning, the show is billed as a “filthy, funny, fully-interactive ride is riddled with sex, sin, shadows and subterfuge” as Private Eye Butt Kapinski invites audiences to co-star in a film noir fantasy.
Another returning show, and one that Redfern wanted to give the artists a second opportunity with is 19+ rated Broken Sex Doll from The Virtual Stage (featured in the video above), which also sold out in 2013.
“I thought it was really important for [Broken Sex Doll writer and director] Andy Thompson to go back to the work and dig deeper into the material. They’ve also had interest from other cities to put it on tour so this will give them an opportunity for another take on it,” says Redfern of the original homegrown sci-fi musical.
Not everything in the season comes with an age warning though as Theatre Replacement returns with another East Van Panto from Amiel Gladstone, Veda Hille, and Charles Demers, in a decidedly un-Disney retelling of Cinderella. Blackbird Theatre is back in the Cultch’s Historic Theatre with a production of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall, presented as a radio play as dictated by Beckett’s estate, this production will be a Canadian premiere of a show that was first broadcast on the BBC in 1957.
In Motherload, five prominent Canadian theatre artists and mothers to bare their personal stories about what it takes to be a member of the world’s biggest club and Delinquent Theatre gets a remount of their original musical Stationary: a recession era musical. The season closes in May 2015 with The Sensationalists, a new experimental dance creation from 605 Collective and Theatre Replacement.
Other highlights include the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre production of TransMigration which is inspired by the life and paintings of iconic Ojibwe shaman-artist Norval Morrisseau and the Ruby Slippers Theatre presentation of Linda Griffiths’s The Duchess a.k.a. Wallis Simpson, about the woman who would topple a King and Cadre, another work from South Africa that follows on the heels of this season’s Mies Julie.
“Cadre, the piece from South Africa was one of the shows that I was particularly excited about getting to Vancouver,” says Redfern. “It is so difficult to bring work from South Africa and it is important work.”
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