Category Archives: Features

The Free Willies: the ‘sounds and sweet airs’ of travelling troubadours

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Some time before the end of the month, it will happen. You’ll be in a park. Or a community playground. At a farmer’s market. Or chilling on a front deck. And suddenly, a little troupe of … Continue reading

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Signs of life: live theatre is coming back, with cautious first steps

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca And they’re back! Very cautiously, of course, experimentally, a little tentatively, with ultra-sanitized jazz hands. And not full-blast: nary a large-scale musical in sight, needless to say. But live theatre is starting to be back … … Continue reading

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The might-have-been hits home: it’s Fringe Eve in Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For months I knew it would come. The weirdest week of a weird summer. The week the Fringe doesn’t happen. It’s a might-have-been that leaves us face to face with the strangest, most unrecognizable of vistas … Continue reading

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Remembering the enchantment: Brent Carver in Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca There was an unmistakeable magic about seeing Brent Carver onstage. People felt it; they remembered the enchantment. I was struck again by that with the many heartfelt responses that came my way with the terrible news … Continue reading

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What do you know now that you didn’t know on March 12? 12thnight asked theatre artists

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “It’s been a learning curve.” Once more, with feeling. Since March I’ve heard the line from theatre artists too many times to count. And it’s been delivered in every intonation and cadence: exasperation (sardonic or direct), … Continue reading

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Portrait of an Indigenous artist in a Fringe-less summer: Todd Houseman

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A summer without Fringes? Without real live audiences to test new material? “It’s been a deeply reflective time,” says Todd Houseman thoughtfully, of the four months-plus since in-person performances suddenly vanished from the land. “A time … Continue reading

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Live theatre: has it found a footing on a platform instead of a stage in Zoom-laden times?

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca A lifetime ago (March 25, 2020 to be precise), Malachite Theatre’s resourceful artistic director Benjamin Blyth explained to me that the company had borrowed an interactive online platform from the business world for a new venture. … Continue reading

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Hungry for theatre? Lodestar Theatre delivers … to your own back yard

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. In this unpredictable and isolating moment, which has sent live theatre into lockdown exile on screens, Lodestar Theatre is its own creative resistance movement. The rep company, originally from Liverpool … Continue reading

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Meet nine exciting artists at The Virtual Indigenous Artist Hub

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca This month you’ll get to meet and mingle with some of the country’s most exciting creators — nine Indigenous artists from Alberta, across Canada and beyond. The meeting place: The Virtual Indigenous Artist Hub. The Hub … Continue reading

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Finding a new way at Found, the festival of unexpected encounters

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If ever there was a moment in history when artists and audiences have had to find each other in new, experimental, reimagined ways, this has got to be it, my stir-crazy friends. And, hey, Edmonton has … Continue reading

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