Gary Smith, Hamilton Specatator
Our newest play, SOMETHING FISHY, won the Tom Hendry Award for Best New Comedy in October. We are thrilled! The play was commissioned by Lighthouse Festival www.lighthousetheatre.com and we think it’s a blast. Written for 5 actors to play 14 roles it’s nothing if not busy. And funny. And topical. Contact us now for a copy.
In the sleepy town of Port Walmsley, local hero Raymond Bream is running for Prime Minister. He comes to town to make a major announcement that promises to put his campaign over the top and win him the majority he so fervently desires. Meanwhile, the incumbent Prime Minister has sent a couple of henchmen to town to prevent Raymond from making his announcement – by any means necessary. The showdown between the two camps takes place on the stage of the local community centre, home of the PW Players, an amateur theatre troupe who are about to open their latest production, a British bedroom farce. As the world of politics collides with that of community theatre, everyone is forced to don disguises and take on new roles, and suddenly no one is who they appear to be. Will Raymond make it to the podium to make his speech, or will the Prime Minister’s hatchet men win the day? And will the five actors playing the fourteen characters in this play make it to the final curtain before one of them keels over from exhaustion?
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A year has passed since my last blog. It’s been a busy time. Too busy to blog, apparently! I’m proud to tell you that For This Moment Alone has just been published by Dramatists Play Service, Too Many Cooks was published by Samuel French Inc. in the Spring and is already scheduled for three productions, and Jack of Diamonds had a great public reading in the Fall and is awaiting its first production. Doug and I are about to launch into a very exciting new project commissioned by Lighthouse Festival and we hope to have a first draft completed by Spring–when I will be able to tell you more about it. Oh, and later this month we head to the UK to see a production of Who’s Under Where? at the Mill at Sonning. Should be fun!
In the directing realm I began the year working with the graduating class at Sheridan College Music Theatre Program in a production of Chicago! I got to work with some very talented students and a great creative team– Ray Hogg (choreographer), Steve Thomas (musical director), Ivan Brozic (set and costume designer) and Louise Guinand (lighting designer). A shout out too to my fab assistant-director Thomas Alderson! After some writing time in March/April and a quick and very cold trip to London I then embarked on prepping my summer shows– Too Many Cooks for Drayton Entertainment, and a revisit of my production of Anne of Green Gables at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown. Both projects were a joy to do and successful to boot. Thanks to all concerned. And coming soon, after a bit of a break (phew), I look forward to directing the classic The Sound of Music for Theatre Aquarius, followed by David Craig’s charming play Having Hope at Home for Neptune Theatre back in my second home of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Casting is now complete for both projects and I’m thrilled!
The year is flying by. I feel grateful for it all. Till next time…Read More
It’s summer already! I wanted to let you know that my writing partner, Doug Hughes, and I have had a very busy few months. In the Spring we were delighted to hear that our play TOO MANY COOKS had been picked up for publication by Samuel French Inc. NYC.Read More