Tag Archives: Catalyst Theatre

A theatre to-do list for the week, including a bread and circus combo, kid stuff, costume and video installations, shows to stream

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In week ten thousand of the pandemic, before you actually melt into Netflix and disappear, clicker in hand, put a couple of suggestions on your theatre to-do list. The word ‘fun’ does not go amiss, I … 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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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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A concert for our time: UnCovered 2021 crosses the country on (digital) tour and arrives at Catalyst

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Your place. Saturday night. Drinks, snacks, songs. A cross-country meet-up between two of the country’s most distinctive theatre companies. One is Toronto’s Musical Stage Company, a company with a musical theatre heart and a remarkable blue-chip … Continue reading

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2020: a year like no other in Edmonton theatre (part 1)

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca 2020: the year the laws of probability bent so far out of shape they snapped. Along with satire, futurist dystopian fantasies ceded pride of place to … reality. Every definition of live theatre was up against … Continue reading

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The experimental spirit lives on in Edmonton theatre, live and in unusual hybrids

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Calling the pandemic an “obstacle” to live theatre, or maybe a “challenge,” is a bit like saying COVID is the flu. The pandemic has had a devastating effect on an art whose raison d’être is the … Continue reading

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A night walk through Strathcona: Workshop West launches season with ‘an adventure into the unknown’

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Workshop West Playwrights Theatre is back in action next week — live, on its feet, and in motion. And it’s with an original promenade adventure that takes you on a nocturnal walk through Old Strathcona. The … Continue reading

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Cool breath in, warm breath out: Catalyst’s ‘until the next breath’ in the great outdoors

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca From the River Road at dusk, you catch a glimpse of something mysterious through the trees of Victoria Park. Rounded huts — hives? a village perhaps? — glowing from within, and strung with twinkling lights. We’ve … Continue reading

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Catalyst commits a Grand Act of Theatre: ‘until the next breath’ comes to a secret outdoor location Sunday

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “A grand act!” sighs Jonathan Christenson. “It’s everything I miss about theatre. I want to go to a big event. Where something happens. And it matters!” “Grand!” declares Bretta Gerecke, lingering over an alluring word that’s … Continue reading

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Big, memorable, and live: Catalyst is part of Grand Acts of Theatre across the country

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the fateful summer of 2020, Jillian Keiley’s thoughts turned to … live. And she was not alone. Four months into the new, weird, screen-dominated pandemical world, the artistic director of the National Arts Centre’s English … Continue reading

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