Tag Archives: Nextfest

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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Looking forward to 2021 in Edmonton theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca I know what you’re thinking.… The world has been so chaotic and unpredictable this past year that you’d have to be crazy to ink in a calendar of upcoming theatre events.      But one thing … 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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Fringe FOMO: House of Hush burlesque goes live

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Take it off! No, wait…. In the age of COVID, burlesque, a teasing vaudeville involving the playful progressive doffing of apparel, can remove just about everything — everything, that is, but the mask.  Masked showgirls: now, … Continue reading

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The “what’s next?” comes to you: the 2020 Nextfest goes online

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “O my gosh!” declares Nextfest director Ellen Chorley, who has a great and natural talent for celebration. “I’m absolutely blown away by how special and magical it is! I’m so thrilled!” The playwright/ actor/ director/ mentor/ … Continue reading

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Tracks: choose your route in an online theatre adventure from Amoris Projects

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It started out as an ambulatory theatre adventure. Tracks let its audiences loose to wander in an unexpected assortment of rooms and spaces — a theatre box office, dressing rooms, bathrooms, the playwright’s car — to … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre: behind the scenes with stage manager Isabel Bergquist

They’re young. They shine brightly. And their talents are already lighting up the Edmonton theatre scene. 12thnight talked to six starry and sought-after up-and-comers, artists whose work, on- and backstage, will have a big impact on theatre here when the … Continue reading

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The year in podcast dramas: The Alberta Queer Calendar Project

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Lately I feel like I’m constantly on the edge of a vortex. Swimming. Trying to keep my head above water.” — Local Diva, Liam Salmon In January when his “one-person drag queen drama” premiered in podcast … Continue reading

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Who am I? Where do I belong? A couple of theatre kids in love in Ellen Chorley’s Everybody Loves Robbie, at Northern Light

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In the comedy that premieres Friday at Northern Light Theatre, a starry high school couple, drama kids who live and breathe the oxygenated air of musical theatre, come up against doubts. The kind of doubts that … Continue reading

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What are they up to? Celebrate the next generation of artists at Nextfest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So, what’s happening? What’s new? What’s next? There’s a festival in Edmonton that’s all about the answers. Yes, Nextfest is back in Old Strathcona Thursday for 11 days (and nights) of showcasing and celebrating the next … Continue reading

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