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The spectacle of suffering: Toronto theatre’s addiction to trauma porn

Trauma is everywhere in Toronto — on the streets, subway, and stage — and maybe that’s why I’m so bored by it.

By Stephanie Fung / Jun 19, 2024
ottawa fringe iPhoto caption: Images courtesy of Ottawa Fringe.

For Trip the Light Collective, Ottawa Fringe ‘is a sandbox of creativity’

“Fringe is really like a sandbox for creativity,” says the award-winning collective. “[We’re] seeing where we can go outside of the box. It’s stories we want to tell and it's stories that reflect our experience.”

By Eve Beauchamp / Jun 7, 2024
iPhoto caption: Photos of Karen Ancheta and Donna-Michelle St. Bernard courtesy of Theatre Aquarius.

This year’s Brave New Works Festival is set to be a ‘place of convergence’ for Hamilton artists

“With all of these pieces, there’s something really about perspective,” says co-curator Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. “There’s something about not just risk and performance, but risk and experience… These are stories that I could not know if you did not tell them to me. And I think that’s an important piece of broadening the voices in theatre.”

By Liam Donovan / Jun 3, 2024
iPhoto caption: For In the Soil Arts Festival: Karen Hines, Deanna Jones, Yolanda Bonnell.

At In the Soil Arts Festival, process is everything

“There’s an electricity in the air when presenting work in progress,” says theatre artist Karen Hines. “There are thrills and spills. It’s exhilarating seeing things that aren’t finished yet. You don’t know where it’s gonna go, but that’s not even the point of the evening. The point of the exercise is theatre, and there’s nothing more alive than something that will never happen exactly that way again.”

By Aisling Murphy / May 30, 2024