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Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews Much Ado About Nothing On Now At The Cultch Until February 16th

11 Feb

muchadoaboutnothingThe Cultch’s Femme Series is currently featuring Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. You might be thinking, as I was, that it’s unlike The Cultch to put on this type of production; but this is not the classic show you know and love: it’s classic chic. Brought to the stage by Classic Chic Productions, Much Ado About Nothing is a bold and playful romp through the extremes of desire and ambition, loyalty and redemption.

Based in Vancouver, the not-for-profit theatre company is known for their all female cast and crew, believing that there are great male and female roles in theatre that appeal to all human beings. By casting women in male parts they are creating a forum for women to explore these possibilities as well as develop their acting, designing and directing skills. It has been the experience of Director Rebecca Patterson “that gender-blind casting speaks to a diverse audience—straight and queer, men and women—and is a true reflection of our complex contemporary community”.

In Much Ado About Nothing, we see female and male roles that are firmly rooted in tradition. However, whether intentionally or not, performing Shakespeare with an all female cast is a delightful play on these gender roles that Shakespeare himself seemed to enjoy, as evident in plays like The Twelfth Night and Macbeth. What’s more, as his plays were originally performed by an all male cast – since women were not allowed in the public sphere – this provides another subtle layer of fun in Classic Chic’s production.

Don’t miss this classic tale with a twist, on now until February 16th. For tickets, visit The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer:  Nicole Alivojvodic

Nicole Alivojvodic Reviews Power Ballad on Now Until January 26th At The Cultch

24 Jan

powerballadPerformed for the first time in Canada, Power Ballad is a shocking and explosive work that explores gendered narratives and the hidden ideologies in the language we use. Created and performed by Julia Croft, this one woman show all the way from New Zealand is loud and disturbing. But that’s the whole point – it’s a live art exhibit of feminist rage that seeks to deconstruct sexist linguistics and find a new articulation of femaleness.

This 50-minute show is not for everybody, and I strongly encourage anyone interested in going to read up on it beforehand so as not to be utterly confused. Nevertheless, Croft bravely confronts seemingly immovable patriarchal structures in this rallying production which she states “is about finding the cracks where resistance can begin”.

Power Ballad is on now until January 26th as part of the Cultch’s Femme Series. Tickets are available online at The Cultch.

By Contributing Writer: Nicole Alivojvodic

Much Ado About Nothing At The Cultch February 5 – 16, 2019

23 Jan

muchadoaboutnothingClassic Chic Productions brings Much Ado About Nothing to The Cultch this February, but with a little twist. Their signature on this new tale is that the production is an all female cast.  The story is set in a mesmerizing theatrical world with a deadly serious and at the same time sublimely ridiculous story line. It features soldiers in love and women confined by tradition. You are invited for a bold and playful romp through the extremes of desire and ambition, loyalty and redemption.   Tickets for this production are now available online through The Cultch. 

Pitch, Bitch And Ditch At The Cultch January 14th “The Dragon’s Den Of Theatre”

7 Jan

pitchbitchditchDo you love watching Dragon’s Den? If yes, then you may wish to check out Pitch, Bitch and Ditch happening Monday, January 14th at The Cultch.  Do you have a great idea for show?  Do you want to have a say in what type of productions you’d like to see on stage? Creators, Pippa Mackie and Kim Senklip Harvey, aim to highlight the strength and power of female-identifying voices and experiences. During the course of the evening, they will guide attendees through a lively banter and debate on a variety of possible topics.  No idea is off limits, no suggestion taboo, you are to let your imagination run wild and oh, the bar will be open should that help you loosen your tongue just a little.  There general theme goes like this:

PITCH
Bring your ideas —
pitches are anonymous, so no judgement!

BITCH
Kim and Pippa discuss the pitches, and debate whether they have potential as plays or not!

DITCH
The power is in your hands
—audience members vote on which pitches are ditched and which ones have promise!

Tickets for the event are $10 and available online through The Cultch.  If you are interested generally in Women In The Arts, there is mixer by that name the same evening before the show from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in The Cultch Lobby. It is free attend the mixer.

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