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Why Edmonton? Why Garneau? What’s in a ‘hood? We ask novelist Todd Babiak about The Garneau Block

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “LET’S FIX IT.” A rallying cry? A call to action? A cosmic signal? It sounds like a communal mantra for our fraught and broken time. That mysterious three-word sign, duct-taped to trees in a signature Edmonton … Continue reading

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Together once more, on the street where you live: The Garneau Block at the Citadel. Meet playwright Belinda Cornish.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “There was something quite magical,” says Belinda Cornish, “about having us all come together, to be a community together that one night…. It felt very special. And I felt lucky to be there.”    She’s talking … Continue reading

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Towards a more inclusive theatre: Postmarginal Edmonton

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At a moment in history when so many of our artistic assumptions are ready for their close-up, the intertwined questions of how theatre gets made, how it’s experienced — and by whom — are up for … Continue reading

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‘A lovely step back into live performing’: What was it like to be a Fringe artist in 2021? We asked.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca For artists, the Fringe has always been an experiment. Does their new show have potential? Will it attract an audience? How will the audience react? Will they get it? Laugh in weird places? In 2021, when … Continue reading

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Making real space: péhonán, a venue for Indigenous artists at the Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The name, in Cree, means “meeting place.” That’s how Josh Languedoc explains pêhonân, the Fringe incarnation of the Roxy on Gateway (temporary home of Theatre Network). “And not just gathering…. It’s a waiting place that’s welcoming, … Continue reading

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The first line of your play is here: a public service from 12thnight

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight The week in overheard lines (from walking alone), a selection of possible first lines for your play-in-progress. The Fringe is coming. So feel free to use any of the following (since “Who’s there?” and “When shall … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Plain Janes’ Scenes From The Sidewalk the sequel

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You have to hand it to the catastrophe that is the pandemic: it’s impossible now to take for granted the “live” in live theatre. “Going out to the theatre,” a phrase to be tossed off expectantly … Continue reading

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Grab your headphones and go for a walk: Would You Wander, a nature/ storytelling podcast at Nextfest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “You’ve come to the right place. Exactly where you are…. So c’mon.” – Episode 0, Would You Wander Yesterday I went on a stroll by the river. And there was a friendly voice in my ear. … Continue reading

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Hansel and Gretel go solo in a new digital Alberta Musical Theatre production

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca They’re the most famous brother-sister act in the fairy tale canon, joint stars of a cautionary tale about injudicious junk food consumption in the woods.      Now Hansel and Gretel are back together again. Closer … Continue reading

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Nextfest at 26: catching the drift of the new wave of artists, online again for a second year

It’s the eve of Nextfest, the freewheeling multi-disciplinary Edmonton festival that for more than a quarter of a century has sought out, showcased, and celebrated the original creative ideas of the next generation of emerging artists. You’ll meet some of … Continue reading

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