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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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Solving a mystery, being Hamlet, streaming a play, climbing a mountain, and other theatrical pursuits this weekend

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a puzzling world where much has gone way wrong, cause and effect have gone their separate ways, and logic has gone AWOL, there’s satisfaction to be had in collaborating with others to consider evidence and … Continue reading

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The journey of the outsider: The Ugly Duchess, streaming finale of the Northern Light Theatre season

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “That night I dreamt of the faraway land where the ugly women are loved by the blind men, the men that were the pincushions of cupid’s arrows….” The Ugly Duchess by Janet Munsil Direct to you from … Continue reading

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Transformations: what would it take to change the world? Catalyst Theatre enlisted three artists to ask the question

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “When you sign ‘new’ it means ‘to grow’.” — Chris Dodd, The Transformers: Regrowth Can something positive, something transforming emerge from a year of devastation? To imagine a better future for the world, who better to consult … Continue reading

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Adventures in pandemic theatre: a mystery box, a romantic comedy, a (very) short film fest, and more

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Theatre’s strange, circuitous and sometimes wonderful route through the pandemic, chapter umpteen. Let me tell you about my week. •For three days the mystery box sat on the dining room table, wrapped in silver. Light, but … 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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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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