Magnetic North Theatre Festival Kicks Off - Magnetic North Theatre

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Magnetic North Theatre Festival Kicks Off - Magnetic North Theatre




    VANCOUVER –Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Canada‘s highly acclaimed national festival of contemporary Canadian theatre in English, kicks off this week with the best of Canadian Theatre. Held in Vancouver from June 4-14, 2008, the annual festival alternates between Ottawa and a different Canadian city each year.

Performances opening this week include:

blood.claat , written by d'bi.young.anitafrika and directed by Weyni Mengesha, fuses theatre and dub

    poetry in this one ‗womban‘ story of blood. Mudgu comes of age, struggles with her first menstruation, chafes against her grandmother, endures her overly-religious aunt, nurtures a crush on her strutting neighbour and morphs into Yemoja, an African goddess who creates the world with her blood. Produced by Toronto‘s Theatre Passe Muraille, the show won two Dora Awards, the National Post Solo Phenomena of the Year Award, and the RBC Emerging Artists Award. blood.claat plays June 4-9 at the Firehall Arts


From Crow‘s Theatre and Mammalian Diving Reflex in Toronto comes [boxhead], written by Darren

    O’Donnell and directed by Chris Abraham. A young geneticist wakes up to discover a box secured to his head; he finds all thoughts come from God, all his words come from the devil and his desire for love is a habit acquired from the movies. Sound familiar? [boxhead] is an existential, symbolist romp from the

    creator of Diplomatic Immunities and Haircuts by Children. It runs June 4-8 at the Waterfront Theatre.

    Eleven theatre companies create 11 unique, intimate performances for adventurous audiences. It‘s HIVE2, created by some of Canada‘s coolest companies. Performed at repeated intervals over the course of the evening, the audience‘s experience is entirely self-directed, and there‘s always a lounge and

    central party space to buzz the night away. The original 2006 HIVE sold-out quicklythis time there will

    be more room and more performances. Boca del Lupo, Electric Company, Felix Culpa, Leaky Heaven

    Circus, neworldtheatre, The Only Animal, Radix, Rumble Productions, Theatre Replacement, Theatre Conspiracy (Vancouver) and Theatre SKAM (Victoria) are this year‘s HIVE, performing June 5-

    14 (dark June 9) at a top secret location.

    Loft, by Montreal‘s The 7 Fingers, is a multi-media contemporary circus. Imagination exposes the secret desires, dreams, impulses and follies of seven roommates. Soaring, somersaulting, contorting, balancing, catapulting there are no boundaries. In this ordinary setting the extraordinary never fails to surprise. Montreal‘s Le Devoir says ―Run to see this show, new and refreshing, you won‘t regret it!‖ Loft runs from

    June 6-8 at the Arts Club Granville Island Stage.

Join Andy Jones, one of Newfoundland‘s (and Canada‘s) funniest guys, and spend An Evening with

    Uncle Val. Uncle Val, a hilariously indignant 70-year old retired fisherman, has been displaced from his outport home. The year is 1987, and Uncle Val is now trapped in the ‗big city‘ of St. John‘s. Homesick, Val struggles to figure out what life has left to offer him. Is there anything of use for a senior citizen in the suburbs to do? Will his grandchildren survive an afternoon of his babysitting? Find out June 5-8 at North

    Vancouver‘s Presentation House Theatre.


Celebrity Speakers

    These encounters are not to be missedcome early for a seat, or book a ticket in advance for $20. All

    Celebrity Speaker events are 5-6pm

    Gordon Pinsent actor/director/producer/writer. Friday June 6, Performance Works Sandra Oh actor. Saturday June 7, Performance Works

    Mieko Ouchi actor/playwright/musician. Sunday, June 8, Performance Works

Tea with the Artists

    Sip tea with director Sarah Stanley and enjoy her compelling conversations with some of this year‘s

    Festival artists. These encounters take an intimate look at what makes these artists tick, what drives them

    and how they came to create this year‘s shows.

    Afternoons from 3pm 4pm at Performance Works. Admission by donation.

    blood.claat, d‘bi.young.anitafrika and Anita Alfred, June 5

    [boxhead], Chris Abraham, Andrew Shaver and Adam Lazarus June 6

    Loft, Patrick Léonard and Sébastien Soldevilla, June 7

Lunchtime Encounters

    The noontime, admission-by-donation menu at Performance Works includes:

    The Great Debate: Watch an old-fashioned style debate with artists who have big opinions about hot topics in the Canadian theatre scene Saturday, June 7.

    The Doyenne: Get the real story of what it takes to become one of Canada‘s great theatre women.

    Sunday, June 8.

Festival Lounge

    Before shows, between shows, after shows... there's time all day long to relax and enjoy a refreshment in our comfortable indoor/outdoor lounge at Granville Island's beautiful Performance Works.

Magnetic Madness

    Be sure to check out the Magnetic Madness raffle, happening during the Festival. You could win terrific prizes!

Festival passes are available online now at; tickets for individual shows are

    available at The Magnetic North Theatre Festival is produced by the Canadian Theatre Festival Society and co-presented by the National Arts Centre English Theatre. For more details on

    the Magnetic North Festival, visit

Magnetic North Media Contact:

    Emma Lancaster | Lancaster Communications 604.253.7595 Cel: 604.790.7595

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