Friends of Bygone – The Storefront Theatre

Bygone Theatre has reached out to some local theatre’s in preparation for our Retro Radio Hour – Suspense!

We’ve been very lucky to have gotten a lot of positive feedback and to have received donations from several companies for our raffle. Up first, a pair of tickets to “The Skriker”; here are all the deets:

THE SKRIKER Oct 23rd - Nov 9 @ The Storefront Theatre Photo by ZAIDEN

THE SKRIKER
Oct 23rd – Nov 9 @ The Storefront Theatre
Photo by ZAIDEN

September 9th, 2014 ­This October, two of Toronto’s hottest indie theatre companies

The Red One Theatre Collective and Theatre Brouhaha team up to bring you Caryl Churchill’s “Impossible” play THE SKRIKER.

In his directorial debut, Daniel Pagett helms a cast of Toronto’s hottest Indie talents: Claire Armstrong (Dora award winner­After Miss Julie, Rock), Perrie Olthuis, Suzette McCanny (Shakespeare Bash’d), Claire Burns (Hatched, Human Furniture, Shrew), Sam Coyle, Elise Bauman, Karen Knox (Sam and Kate are not Breaking Up, Shrew), Tim Walker (NOW Magazines 2012 “Artists to watch”, Punch Up, Help Yourself, Sam and Kate are Not Breaking Up), Jeff Hanson (Shrew, Classical Theatre Project), Luke Marty (A Midsummer Night’s Dream…A Puppet Epic!, Theatre 20 collective ensemble, The Cocksure Lads), John Fleming (Shrew), Andy Trithardt (Delicacy, Rock, Sucker) and two time Dora nominee Jakob Ehman (Cockfight, Donors, Minotaur).

Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker is often described as her ‘impossible play’, due to the magical nature of the show, the shattered language with which the narrator speaks, and the sheer scope of the faerie underworld that it weaves in and out of. This unique theatrical experience will invite the audience into The Storefront Theatre, transformed into a portal to the faeries’ home by our critically acclaimed design team: makeup wizard Angela McQueen (Classical Theatre Project, ROTC, Brouhaha), costume design by Kendra Terpenning (wardrobe After Miss Julie), set design by Holly Lloyd (Stratford Festival, ROTC, Brouhaha) and lighting by Indie veteran Melissa Joakim (Cockfight, Punch Up). Incorporating physical theatre, mask, dance and a world premiere score composed by Andy Trithardt, The Skriker provides a completely immersive experience in this dark and twisted world.

THE SKRIKER 

by Caryl Churchill

October 23rd – November 9th, 2014

8pm

The Storefront Theatre

955 Bloor Street West

OCT 23­26 $20.00 / OCT 29­NOV 2 $15.00 / NOV 5­9 $25.00

Advance tickets available @ www.secureaseat.com

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Dial M For Murder – Crew Spotlight – Alexis Budd

Alexis is the fight director for “Dial M For Murder”. He has worked previously with director Emily Dix, but this is his first show with Bygone Theatre.

Fight Director Alexis Budd

Fight Director Alexis Budd

Bio: Alexis Budd is a Toronto based theatre artist. He has done fight direction on shows such as “We Are The Bomb” and “The Unseen Hand” (Theatre Brouhaha), and “Romeo & Juliet” (Hart House Theatre). He has also performed as a musician/foley artist in such shows as “27 Wagons Full of Cotton” and “The Unseen Hand” (Brouhaha) and “We Walk Among You” (Artichoke Heart Collective) which recently returned from the Montreal Fringe Festival. He is pleased to be working with the wonderful and talented people at Bygone Theatre.

Review: The Unseen Hand – Theatre Brouhaha, The Playwright Project

ImageI had the pleasure of seeing Theatre Brouhaha’s “The Unseen Hand” last night at the Magic Oven.The show was directed by Kat Sandler and starred Scott Clarkson as Blue Morphan, Rick Jon Egan as Cisco Morphan, Tom Darcy McGee as Sicamore Morphan, G. Kyle Shields as the Kid, Kevin Ritchie as Willie, and Alexis Budd on guitar. The play was a part of the Playwright Project, this year focused on works by Sam Shephard.

I’ve gotta say, I’m usually a pretty harsh critic, but I’d give this piece a 8/10. While it was a little slow to get going, all the actors had great chemistry, amazing energy, and near perfect comedic timing. The costumes were well thought out (something I tend to be extra critical of as I do costuming myself), and the set was great considering the space restrictions and the changing venues.

Sandler did a good job of working with a very small space and a technically limited venue. While the actors were practically in the audience’s lap, there were very few points when it was difficult to see (some of the moments with actors lying on the ground were missed by those of us sitting further back, but such is the nature of theatre in found spaces). The movement was stylized, posed, and very well suited to Shepard’s bizarre script.

Kudos goes to Kevin Ritchie for what looked like an absolutely exhausting performance: his raving speech early in the piece was especially impressive (though disturbing!).

All the actors had great comedic moments, but what punctuated the humour best was the musical score provided by Alexis Budd. Perfectly timed strummed chords and great Western tunes helped to define a show that had to work within a lot of restraints. The very catchy mashup of Rawhide & Ghost Riders In The Sky that they used for their curtain call was especially fun.

I won’t spoil what was the most bizarre and visually interesting point in the play, but I will say, I loved the ping pong balls 🙂
The Unseen Hand is playing until Tuesday May 7th at various locations across Toronto. For more info, check out this.