Views and Reviews: Canadian Theatre Review

by Alex Fallis

“Without our past, we are just any town, no town at all.” – City of Wine

The City of Wine Festival, produced by Nightswimming and presented at Theatre Passe Muraille, was a unique event. Seven of Canada’s professional and university theatre training programs came together to perform a seven-play series that collectively dramatized the history of the city of Thebes. The festival was an unqualified success on numerous levels. It provided a snapshot of the variety of training available in Canada, filled the theatre for the run, created an energy that spilled into numerous celebratory parties, and brought national media attention to a previously unproduced group of plays. Robert Cushman, in The National Post, called it “a dizzying achievement” (Cushman, Review) Many of the schools hired outside professionals to work in senior positions, so the students were working with leading directors and designers. Eda Holmes, Craig Hall, and Jillian Keiley were among the directors, and Vikki Anderson, Rebecca Picherack, Kimberley Purtell, and Mara Gottler among the designers.

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