PrideCab a trip
Young energy explodes at Buddies in Bad Times all year long, but the fireworks really go off for the PrideCab Project , a collectively created, multidisciplinary cabaret featuring members of Buddies Queer Youth Arts Programme .
Under youth initiatives director Evalyn Parry and in collaboration with Chy Ryan Spain , the 15-to-25-year-old talents have spent three months exploring queer history and taking workshops that lead to the final project. You can expect a combination of song, dance, movement, comedy, video and theatre pieces.
Buddies' program for these developing young creators is unique, offering them a chance to build links with their peers as well as with established queer artists and the broader queer and arts communities.
Produced by Wayne Sujo , this third annual PrideCab Project (tonight, Thursday, June 14) is the start of Buddies' Pride festivities, which we'll be covering over the next few weeks.
There's theatre for rather than by young people in Theatre Direct Canada 's Seedling Festival , a series devoted to new plays being developed by this award-winning troupe.
Last week Theatre Direct collaborated with Tapestry New Opera Works on a workshop of Sanctuary Song , a new work by librettist Marjory Chan and composer Abigail Richardson .
This weekend at the Tarragon, the focus is on works-in-progress aimed at various age groups.
The Hot House performances at 1 pm Saturday (June 16) feature pieces for youth and young adults, by playwrights Anne Barber , Lauren Brotman , Valerie Buhagiar , Dave Deveau , Erin Shields and others. At 4 pm you can catch excerpts from plays dealing with adolescence, written by Lisa Codrington , Marcia Johnson and Andrea Donaldson .
On Sunday (June 17) at 2 pm the company offers plays for children by Mike Kenny , Christina Wong and Sharada Eswar , and following that there's a family dance party to celebrate Theatre Direct's 30th anniversary.
The dance is the only event for which there's a fixed charge; all the readings are pwyc.
Experiments at Lab Cab
Did you get to last September's Lab Cab Festival ? If not, you missed dozens of wonderful experimental pieces in and around Factory Theatre .
The company's planning another festival this coming fall (September 8 and 9), and to raise funds they're holding a no-cover-charge carnival on Friday (June 15). Expect carny games and prizes, food, music and dancing. Oh, and snow cones. What's a carnival without snow cones?
Stoking the Fire
You can't do better for grassroots outdoor performance than the Cooking Fire Theatre Festival , which returns for a fourth year to Dufferin Grove Park. The evening is family-friendly, with shows for kids early in the evening and for older audiences afterwards.
You'll see works about Bigfoot, Shakespeare, Victorian melodrama, rival gangs and witches over the course of the evening; in all, there are five short shows. The event begins each night with a meal prepared in the park's outdoor ovens.
We'll tell you more about the festival in next week's paper.