Monthly Archives: June 2011
Visit our special SPENT website for info on the Edinburgh tour and to buy tickets for the show at the Pleasance
SPENT hits the Edinburgh Fringe in August!
Dear Friends and supporters!
We are very proud to announce that our Dora award winning production of Spent will tour this August to the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival!
Spent will play from August 5-29 at the Pleasance Dome.
Follow us on twitter at @spenttheshow
…AND if you can’t afford the flight to Scotland…
SPENT returns to the Young Centre in July!
6 show fundraiser for our tour to Edinburgh
If you missed Spent during the first two runs or just want to see it again you’re in luck!
SPENT returns for a limited number of 6 special performances at the Young Centre in the Distillery District.
The 6 performances are a special encore presentation of the show in order to raise funds for our tour to Edinburgh in August.
Come and laugh with us and send us off to Scotland in style.
SPENT plays at the Tankhouse theatre on
July 21, July 22, July 23
July 27, July 28, July 29
INFO ABOUT TICKETS AND SHOWTIMES COMING SOON!
Theatre Smith-Gilmour and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre’s production of Lu Xun Blossoms is the first ever Sino-Canadian co-production in theatre.
Lu Xun Blossoms is based on five short stories of Lu Xun: a great writer and teacher. Considered by many to be the father of contemporary Chinese literature, Lu Xun wrote about China at a time of great change. He wrote about “The Living City” of his time, using deeply etched characters and riveting images, documenting the early urbanization of China and the conflicts and joys in the early 20th century.
Lu Xun Blossoms is a journey back to Luzhen (home). It is childhood memories, compassion, death, shame, a scream in the night, a rickshaw driver growing larger and larger, and the slippery oil bean hell for those who seek knowledge. Poignant, amusing, uplifting and raw: “it is consistent with the style of the works of Lu Xun – both humorous and wailful.” – Oriental Morning Post.
With a cast & crew of 6 Canadians and 4 Chinese, Lu Xun Blossoms is two cultures and two languages (English & Mandarin) dancing together – a cultural exchange on a very profound level.
Lu Xun Blossoms premiered to great acclaim in Shanghai on May 26, 2007 followed up with a Fall 2007 tour to Macau, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Theatre Smith-Gilmour is excited to build on this momentum and bring this story back to Toronto audiences.
Praise for Lu Xun Blossoms:
“The most surprising thing of Lu Xun Blossoms is that few prop is used in the performance. From the door, the table, the rickshaw to the coins and ropes, the actors and the actresses perform with their body. This technique is also shared by traditional Chinese players with equally satisfactory result.” -News Times
“The actors and the actresses bring to the audience exactly the respect for the rickshaw driver, the love of the Book of Hills and Seas and the sob for Xiang Lingsao.” -Shanghai Evening Post
“Consistent with Lu Xun’s works, the play cleverly expresses sorrow through humour.” Oriental Morning Post (Shanghai)