Author Archives: Liz Nicholls

Bonfire: the festival of new and flammable improv ideas, from Rapid Fire Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How crazy is this? What if … you were quarantined in a room, and you had to improvise all by yourself — for an entire show? And you didn’t know whether anyone was watching or not? … Continue reading

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Got a couple of minutes? catch a film at the Play The Fool International Short (very short) Film Festival

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Psst.… Wanna have fun, fast, on a blowy pandemic Sunday? I went to an international film festival this morning. And I saw all 12 jury selections, in their entirety, before my second coffee. Surely the world’s … Continue reading

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Unwrapping an adventure: La Boîte Sensorielle delivers a box to your place

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Life can be full of surprises. You, my friend, are going to get a mysterious package delivered to your door. It’s wrapped; it has your name on it. But you mustn’t open it until  showtime a … Continue reading

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SOUND OFF gathers Deaf artists from across the country and beyond for its online 2021 edition

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In an age of probing questions about inclusivity in theatre, here’s a model of accessibility — forged in the fire of experience, years of it,  of being marginalized, and finding alternate pathways to communicating. SOUND OFF, Canada’s … Continue reading

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Expanse 2021, the festival of bodies in motion, moves online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Creating more space.” It’s a phrase that recurs like a mantra, and an invitation, when Azimuth Theatre’s two new co-artistic producers Sue Goberdhan and Morgan Yamada talk about this year’s Expanse Festival, opening tonight on an … Continue reading

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An ancient vision, a new cosmology: Makram Ayache’s The Hooves Belonged To The Deer

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A year of dizzying optics. The walls have both closed in on us — an audience of one wrapped in our own pandemic carapaces in front of our own personal screens — and they’ve blown wide … Continue reading

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Making indie theatre just got less lonely: RISER goes national and comes to Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Even at the best of times (which I think we can all agree this is not) It’s hard, high-risk work producing indie theatre. Bright creative innovative ideas that find their natural habitat in independent theatre arrive … Continue reading

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Real people reporting from the real world: COVID Collections, a short film online at SkirtsAfire

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca As the pandemic grinds on, don’t you find it becomes harder and harder to imagine watching the inevitable outbreak of solo confessional COVID-inspired monologue shows in our collective future? You can conjure them in your mind’s … Continue reading

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Dressing the stars: a star designer. Leona Brausen creates stroll-by theatre in a costume installation at the Varscona

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So what do wealthy socialites wear to dinner parties in ‘30s Budapest anyhow? Or to auctions in ’20s upstate New York? Breezy playboys in ‘50s Manhattan with their pleated trousers, worn high and sharp like their … Continue reading

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Here’s welcome news: EPCOR boosts Heart + Soul Fund with an additional $1 million`

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a devastating year for the city’s performing arts, EPCOR has again stepped up with welcome news and a boost. At a press conference Monday the Edmonton utility announced an additional $1 million infusion to its … Continue reading

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