With Vancouver Pride Week now in full swing and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra getting ready to celebrate with Symphonic Pride, the Firehall Arts Centre is getting into the spirit with a trio of physically distanced offerings this weekend with the cleverly titled Pride Performance Empowers (or PPE for short).
Taking place in the East Vancouver venue’s courtyard, the events curated by the Firehall’s artistic producer Donna Spencer will run the gamut of theatre, drag and musical performances.
The weekend festivities get underway on July 31 with Allan Morgan’s Baking and Dishing with Pride. The one-person show chronicles Morgan’s path from 1968 forward, chronicling his life as he begins to understand and accept his sexuality and looks at the points of connection between his life and the gay pride movement.
On August 1, the queens and kings will hold court in the Firehall courtyard as Vancouver drag queen Carlotta Gurl plays host to appearances from other local drag performers including Joan-E, Jaylene Tyme, Owen, and Brunch.
The weekend concludes with a musical performance from award-winning queer actor and musician Sara Vickruck. Recently seen in the Firehall’s Talking Sex on Sunday, and the co-creator and composer of the slam poetry musical Poly Queer Love Ballad with Anais West, her self-produced debut album Prologue was released in 2015.
With the three performances taking place in the Firehall courtyard, physical distancing and other health and safety measures are in place to protect audiences, artists and staff. With a maximum of 40 people permitted at each performance, physical distancing rules are strongly encouraged in addition to wearing a face mask. For those without face masks, they will be available for sale at the door.
Pride Performance Empowers (PPE) runs July 31 through August 1 in the courtyard of the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver). Visit firehallartscentre.ca for tickets and information.