Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner weighs in on pros and cons of rehearsal length

This is a spot-on article from the usually spot-on Lyn Gardner from the Guardian UK.

It’s a very relevant article to Canadian theatre practitioners as we operate on the same model: 4-6 weeks rehearsal, 1 week preview and then press night, whether we like it or not.


Peter Brook documentary by his son

Here’s an intimate portrait of Brook by his son.

This is not the film Tightrope which has just come out but a slightly older one produced on French television.

It is, unfortunately for those who do not speak it, in French.

2 of my passions: Rabelais & McBurney – more on the body

McBurney from Complicité talks about Rabelais and the body-spirit connection

Toronto Star article on the Ken Gass/Factory story

Here’s the latest…

BBC Radio documentary about Chaplin’s grand children

BBC has a radio documentary here about the amazing James Thierree and his sister, Aurelia, and the spectacular theatre they create:

“The legacy of Charlie Chaplin extends far beyond the celluloid archive. There is a living strand of creative performance, which sees the grandchildren of Sir Charles exploring an adventurous new world of physical theatre, and adding a new dimension to those well-worn silent film images of The Little Tramp, battling against a hostile world.

The children of Victoria Chaplin – Aurelia and James Thierree – were born in a tent, and brought up in their parents’ world of travelling circus. In their adult life, both are theatrical pioneers, always pushing at the limits of stagecraft, to create original work that mixes acrobatics, illusion, music, mime and comedy.

In this backstage documentary, Tim Brooke-Taylor goes behind the scenes with James Thierree as he prepares to launch his new one-man show RAOUL, combining mime, acrobatics, music, comedy and illusion. How does the Chaplin legacy inform his ideas? How do the marketing people sell his shows, which always defy easy categorisation? How will audiences respond, in London and Paris?

The Chaplin biographer, David Robinson, explores the theatrical connections of the Chaplin family: additional commentaries are provided by Thierree admirers Bill Nighy and Terry Gilliam, and by producer Rachel Clare. The voice of Charlie Chaplin himself also makes a contribution from the archives, with shrewd observations on genes and genius.”

Ivo van Hove’s Roman Tragedies is playing in Brooklyn this Fall!

Toneel Groep & Belgian directorIvo van Hove’s Roman Tragedies was a huge success at the Festival Transamerique a few years ago. If you’re in NYC this Fall it is a must see!

It’s playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this November.

Kadozuke Kollektif at Nuit Blanche

The always slick and interesting people at Kadozuke will be a part of Dada ReBoot! , curated by Thom Sokoloski.

Going from 7pm on in the Distillery District.

poster by Lacey Creighton

NYTimes article on the the shock factor in modern art

An interesting article By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER in the New York Times about the use of shock in modern 20th century art.

Thanks to Volcano Theatre for posting this.

image from the NYTimes



Great workshop with Michael Wheeler of Praxis

Sign up for the Theatre Ontario workshop led by Michael Wheeler HERE

Looks to be very interesting.


Article on risk, administration and funding in Canadian theatre

Great article on the state of affairs in Canadian theatre by Mike Levin in

Thanks to Claire Calnan for posting this…