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Happy International Women’s Day 2018

Happy International Women’s Day 2018

Posted 03.08.18 | By Kelly Thornton | Comments

As a feminist theatre, Nightwood is part of a bigger conversation that is unfolding in society around gender parity, power imbalance, and human rights for all.

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CALPURNIA fiercely tackles everyday racism with tact and humour - by Tobias B. D. Wiggins

CALPURNIA fiercely tackles everyday racism with tact and humour - by Tobias B. D. Wiggins

Posted 01.24.18 | By Tobias B. D. Wiggins | Comments

Calpurnia is much of a conversation starter as it is entertaining, which is a feat when broaching difficult issues like intersectionality. And because of this, there is no doubt that your own social location will impact your experience of the performance.

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Tales of the unexplained at Calpurnia rehearsals

Tales of the unexplained at Calpurnia rehearsals

Posted 01.15.18 | By Cate McKim & Carolyn Fe | Comments

Actor Carolyn Fe, who plays Precy in Calpurnia, had some strange and unexplained sightings during rehearsals at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She kindly agreed to share a couple of hair-raising ghost stories…

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Statement from the Artistic Director: Art is our Weapon

Statement from the Artistic Director: Art is our Weapon

Posted 01.05.18 | By Kelly Thornton | Comments

In the wake of the sexual harassment allegations made against Albert Schultz and Soulpepper Theatre, our entire industry is grappling with the horror these young actors went through to simply do their job, and to do it with the passion and commitment that brought them to their profession in the first place. The toxic cloud that has descended over the theatre, this life-affirming art form, has shattered our innocence (or perhaps our ignorance), but also, and more importantly, fueled our resistance and resilience. While this tragedy sinks in, one in a long line of recent stories on the abuse of power, we can also celebrate the massive sea change our world is experiencing. Women have been silenced by power for far too long and this systemic imbalance has enabled this abuse to go on unchecked.

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Q&A WITH PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCE ANNA CHATTERTON

Q&A WITH PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCE ANNA CHATTERTON

Posted 12.14.17 | By Cate McKim | Comments

Heroine is a verbatim play, starring myself and Iranian artist Shahrzad Arshadi. The play is inspired by the Kurdish Female Fighters—the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ) in Syria.

In May, Shahrzad and I will be travelling to Iraqi Kurdistan in the Qandil Mountains, a training and retreat camp for the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (known as the PKK). We will live with the fighters for two weeks. I will be interviewing the fighters and incorporating that journey and experience into the play.

My play is a dissection of appropriation, privilege and feminism. It is also an examination of female courage, a trait I have never personally identified with. I have always thought of myself as a scaredy-cat and I am drawn to the stories of women like the Kurdish female fighters because of their fearlessness.

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