Tag Archives: Rapid Fire Theatre

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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Bonfire: the festival of new and flammable improv ideas, from Rapid Fire Theatre

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How crazy is this? What if … you were quarantined in a room, and you had to improvise all by yourself — for an entire show? And you didn’t know whether anyone was watching or not? … Continue reading

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SOUND OFF gathers Deaf artists from across the country and beyond for its online 2021 edition

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In an age of probing questions about inclusivity in theatre, here’s a model of accessibility — forged in the fire of experience, years of it,  of being marginalized, and finding alternate pathways to communicating. SOUND OFF, Canada’s … Continue reading

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New faces in theatre: smile, here’s sketch and improv star Sydney Campbell

They’re young, bright, and unstoppably creative. And, pandemic be damned, their adaptable, flexible talents are already lighting up the Edmonton theatre scene. In this 12thnight series you’ll meet some of E-town’s sought-after up-and-comers, artists whose work, on- and backstage, is … 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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Rapid Fire Theatre is back live, across the river

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca “Flexibility!” declares Matt Schuurman. “It’s all about being flexible, in a space that’s flexible….” He’s talking about improv, to be sure, a theatrically acrobatic subject on which he is an expert practitioner, mentor, producer. But the … 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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Gender? I Hardly Know Them: the queer sketch comedy duo zooms back with a new online show

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How do you capture a sense of humour in words? On the eve of their new (mostly) live web series httpeepee, launching Tuesday, the queer sketch comedy duo Gender? I Hardly Know Them is brainstorming on … Continue reading

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A world of uncertainty: a playground for improv. Dungeons, Dragons, and Die-Nasty

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In a world of uncertainty, improv makes perfect sense. It’s no coincidence that in a crisis, award-winning artists in this improv-crazy theatre town have stepped up to the challenge, and improvised new ways to take performance … Continue reading

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