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Speaking in Draft: Rachel Forbes

Rachel Forbes’ wide-ranging career has set this artist in a league of her own. The award-winning set and costume designer’s work has appeared across the country in productions by the ​​Shaw Festival, Buddies in Bad Times, Obsidian Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Centaur Theatre, and more.

By Nathaniel Hanula-James / May 14, 2024
iPhoto caption: Troy Adams image courtesy of Tarragon Theatre.

The Legend of Daddy Hall makes music from an epic life and a neglected history

Come Home — The Legend of Daddy Hall, written by Audrey Dwyer and staged by Tarragon artistic director Mike Payette, pays tribute to the extraordinary life of John “Daddy” Hall.

By Nathaniel Hanula-James / May 10, 2024
iPhoto caption: Tom Wilson and Sheldon Elter face each other at rehearsals for Beautiful Scars. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

In a new musical by Lee Harvey Osmond’s Tom Wilson, one Indigenous icon honours another

Beautiful Scars, adapted by Wilson and co-creator Shaun Smyth from Wilson’s 2017 memoir of the same name, tells the story of Wilson’s journey from a lonely childhood on the East Hamilton Mountain to a celebrated career as a multidisciplinary artist and three-time Juno-award-winning musician.

By Nathaniel Hanula-James / Apr 19, 2024

Speaking in Draft: Zahra Ebrahim

Think of a lot of our major cultural institutions: theatres, galleries, museums. A lot of them are designed in this way where it’s not clear who is welcome, because they are so pristine. 

By Nathaniel Hanula-James / Apr 10, 2024