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LITF wraps up another successful festival with awards ceremony

Amaranta Getino from Mexico’s En Movimiento accepts her outstanding supporting actress award from Kristopher Snarby; Azizur Rahman Suzan of Bangladesh waves to the crowd after winning outstanding supporting actor; Eslam Awad ElNagdy of East-Voice Group for Arts from Egypt receives the outstanding international production award from South Shore-St. Margarets MP Bernadette Jordan. (Photos by David Dobson)

Thank you to everybody for making our 14th festival such a success!

Hundreds of people saw some amazing theatre over four days at the Astor Theatre. The nine troupes from Canada, Bangladesh, Mexico, Peru, Iran, Wales, Nepal and Egypt gave us compelling, thought-provoking and just plain fun performances.

We were honoured to have Lieut.-Gov. Arthur LeBlanc and his wife Patsy attend our closing and award ceremonies on Sunday night, along with South Shore-St. Margarets MP Bernadette Jordan. 

Richard Finch, our workshop leader, oversaw a very fun performance by students from around Queens County, which had the audience on their feet and participating.

Chairperson Jean Robinson-Dexter presented the Harlequin Award to longtime LITF volunteer Cathy Raddall, for her many years of service with the festival.

Adjudicator Annette Procunier announced our award winners, who were lucky enough to go home with our beautiful stained-glass Jester Fish awards crafted by Queens County artist Sarah Webber.

Here is a list of the main award winners, announced Sunday night: 

Outstanding international production – The Seven Days, East-Voice Group for Arts, Egypt

  • Other plays considered: Oliver’s Bench, Liverpool; The Ruins of Talgarth, Wales

Outstanding director – Eslam Awad ElNagdy, The Seven Days, East-Voice Group for Arts, Egypt

  • Other plays considered: Greg Tutty, Oliver’s Bench, Liverpool, NS, Canada; Neil Maidman, The Ruins of Talgarth, Wales

Outstanding male actor – Vic Mills, The Ruins of Talgarth, Blackwood Little Theatre, Wales

  • Other performances considered: Al Steele, Oliver’s Bench, Canada; Sawdesh Ranjan das Gupta, The Miser, Bangladesh

Outstanding female actor – Peta Maidman, The Ruins of Talgarth, Blackwood Little Theatre, Wales

  • Other performances considered: Shiva Makinian, The Seven Days, Iran; Annette Burke, Oliver’s Bench, Canada

Outstanding supporting actor – Azizur Rahman Suzan, Kanjosh (The Miser), Loko Natyadal, National Centre of IATA/AITA, Bangladesh

  • Other performances considered: Luis Edgardo Aguilar Cuellor, Moronitas (Debris in our Hearts), Mexico; Chaklader Mustafa al Mashad, The Miser, Bangladesh

Outstanding supporting actress – Amaranta Getino, AmandoNOs, En Movimiento, Mexico

  • Other performances considered: Emma Hickey, The Ruins of Talgarth, Wales; Teresa Clarke, Oliver’s Bench, Canada

Best original script – Vic Mills, The Ruins of Talgarth, Blackwood Little Theatre, Wales

  • Other plays considered: Greg Tutty, Oliver’s Bench, Canada; Moronitas (Debris in our Hearts), Ricardo Castro Mendoza, Mexico

Outstanding visual presentation – Kanjosh (The Miser), Loko Natyadal, National Centre of IATA/AITA, Bangladesh

  • Other plays considered: The White Butterfly, IATA Nepal, Nepal; Moronitas, Compania de Teatro Itinerante, Mexico

People’s choice award – The Ruins of Talgarth, Blackwood Little Theatre, Wales

Special adjudicator awards

Outstanding ensemble production – Oliver’s Bench, Winds of Change Dramatic Society, Liverpool, N.S., Canada

Outstanding ensemble production – The Seven Days, East-Voice Group for Arts, Egypt

Outstanding musical score — Shyam Nepali, The White Butterfly, IATA Nepal

Curtain call Sunday: Two performances, two critiques, awards ceremony

Ricardo Castro Mendoza from the troupe Compania de Teatro Itinerante from Mexico.

The last day of our festival promises to be another full one, with two final performances, two coffee critiques and our closing ceremonies.

Here’s the Sunday rundown:

9:30 a.m. – Coffee Critique at the Liverpool Curling Club, led by our adjudicator Annette Procunier. We’ll be discussing the plays from Saturday, with troupes from Iran, Nepal, Mexico (En Movimiento) and Bangladesh. Free for delegates and Stage & Beyond pass holders, $5 for the general public.

11 a.m. – Theatre workshop with Richard Finch, at the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre (Astor Theatre). Open to LITF delegates and Stage & Beyond pass holders. Members of the public are welcome, on a space-available basis, for $10 each. 

2:30 p.m.Moronitas (Debris in our Hearts), by Mexico City’s Compania de Teatro Itinerante, focuses on the earthquake in Mexico on Sept. 19, 2017, and the humanitarian work and acts of kindness or greed that followed. Buy tickets now or call the Astor box office at 902-354-5250.

3:45 p.m. – Coffee Critique (our last one!) at the Liverpool Curling Club to discuss Moronitas. Free for delegates and Stage & Beyond pass holders, $5 for the general public.

6 p.m. – Lieutenant governor’s reception. Invitation only.

7 p.m. – Showcase performance by the Chinese Culture and Art Club of Nova Scotia, including Chinese classical dance, Chinese ethnic and folk dance, Chinese folk music with traditional Chinese instruments, and Chinese opera. This is a replacement show for the Yue Diao Opera Troupe, whose members were denied entry into Canada. If you have tickets for the Yue Diao troupe, those will be honoured for this show. 

8:30 p.m. – Closing ceremonies at the Astor Theatre. We will be handing out our festival awards, created by local artist Sarah Webber, and will be treated to a performance by our youth workshop participants. 

10 p.m. – International Night closing celebration at the Liverpool Curling Club. Sponsored by Sobeys, this will be our last time together with our wonderful troupes and other delegates. Snacks and cash bar. Free for delegates and Stage & Beyond pass holders. $10 for the general public.

Four plays in a day: Saturday’s schedule features Iran, Nepal, Mexico and Bangladesh

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The Silent House by Iran Saye Theatre

Saturday’s schedule at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival is jam-packed, with plays from Iran, Nepal, Mexico and Bangladesh. We also have Coffee Critiques this morning at 9:30 of three plays from Friday — from Wales, Peru and Egypt. Richard Finch will be leading a workshop at 11 a.m. And we have more social events to keep you hopping around Liverpool.

Here’s our lineup for Sat., Oct. 20 (all plays are at the Astor Theatre on Main Street in Liverpool):

9:30 a.m.: Coffee Critique with adjudicator Annette Procunier, at the Liverpool Curling Club, discussing Friday’s plays from Egypt, Wales and Peru. Admission is free to delegates and Stage & Beyond pass holders. $5 for the general public.

11 a.m.: Theatre workshop with Richard Finch, at the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre (Astor Theatre). Open to LITF delegates and Stage & Beyond pass holders. Members of the public are welcome, on a space-available basis, for $10 each. 

2:30 p.m.: The Silent House, by Iran Saye Theatre, from Tehran, tackles immigration and the idea of home. Buy tickets here or call the Astor Theatre box office 902-354-5250.

4 p.m.: Seto Putalli, or The White Butterfly, from IATA Nepal, focuses on a man trying to pay for his dauther’s education by working as a cremator in his village. Buy tickets here or call the Astor Theatre box office at 902-354-5250.

7 p.m.: AmandoNOs, from Mexico City’s En Movimiento, is a comedy about marriage and focuses on two couples from two different worlds. Inspired by the works of William Shakespeare and Ecuadorian writer José Martínez Queirolo. Buy tickets here or call the Astor Theatre box office at 902-354-5250.

8:30 p.m.: Kanjosh (The Miser), from Loko Natyadal, National Centre of IATA/AITA, in Bangladesh is a retelling of Moliere’s classic farce The Miser, fast-paced and full of twists. Buy tickets here or call the Astor Theatre box office at 902-354-5250.

9:30 p.m.: Karaoke! Come out and sing at the Liverpool Curling Club. Unleash your inner Simon LeBon, show us your vocal Reflex(es) and dance on the Valentine with us. Only $5 admission. Free to festival delegates and those with Stage & Beyond passes.

Other events around Liverpool

Privateer Farmers Market – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Liverpool waterfront, next to the Visitor Information Centre. Local artists, craftspeople and farmers will be selling Nova Scotia-grown and made goodies.

Historical Walking Tours – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Join Brittany Wentzell and Kathy Stitt and learn about the history of Liverpool on an entertaining and educational walk. Meet at the Astor Theatre/Town Hall Arts & Cultural Centre. $10 per person.

Fort Point Lighthouse – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to the top of Liverpool’s historic lighthouse and toot the foghorn. 21 Fort Lane (at the end of Main Street).

Beer tastings at Hell Bay Brewery – All day. Taste some of the best beer in Nova Scotia at our hometown craft brewery. Sample their award-winning beers. Only $5 for a flight of three.

 

 

Friday at the festival: Plays from Egypt, Wales and Peru

Resiliencia Fragmentada by Peru’s Cuerpos y Alma theatre company.

 

Our lineup for Friday, Oct. 19 is a full one, with our coffee critique today at the Liverpool Curling Club at 10 a.m., to discuss our amazing opening-night play, Oliver’s Bench, from Liverpool, Nova Scotia’s Winds of Change Dramatic Society. (Coffee critiques are free for troupe members and Stage and Beyond pass holders. General admission is $5 at the door. Coffee and treats are provided.)

At 2:30, East-Voice Group for Arts from Egypt performs its black comedy The Seven Days, about colonialism and oppression. (Buy tickets here or call the Astor Theatre box office at 902-354-5250.)

At 7 p.m., The Blackwood Little Theatre from Wales opens The Ruins of Talgarth, the award-winning play about gender abuse and misuse of power set around a large “lunatic asylum” in Wales in the 1970s. (Buy tickets here or call the Astor Theatre box office at 902-354-5250.)

At 8:30 p.m., LITF 2016 favourites Cuerpos y Alma from Peru perform Resiliencia Fragmentada, exploring issues facing the younger generation in Peru. (Buy tickets here or call the Astor Theatre box office at 902-354-5250.)

At 9:30 p.m., come party with us and Tony Quinn at the Liverpool Curling Club for an old-fashioned Nova Scotia kitchen party! Entry is free for troupe members and Stage and Beyond package holders. Public admission is only $5 at the door.

Drama, comedy, puppets: Our 2018 lineup has something for everyone

UPDATE (Wed., Oct. 17): We are sorry to report that troupes from two countries have been denied travel documents to enter Canada. The groups from China and the Central African Republic will not be participating in this year’s festival. We have scheduled a replacement show on Sun., Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. for the Chinese troupe. If you have tickets for that show, you can hold on to your tickets and use them for the new show. Or you can exchange those tickets for another show.

We have no replacement for the play from the Central African Republic. If you have tickets for that show, you may exchange them for another performance. Or, you can use your tickets to the China or Central African Republic shows to attend all of our coffee critiques or our social events on Friday or Saturday night at the Liverpool Curling Club. Please contact the Astor Theatre box office at 902-354-5250 or visit the box office to make the change. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with these last-minute developments. (Because of the international nature of our festival, the schedule and lineup are subject to change, depending on individual troupe visa applications and travel issues.)

The 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival will still feature many compelling plays from around the world, including a Mexican play featuring puppets with a political message, a Bengali retelling of the Moliere classic The Miser and a sweet, affecting non-verbal play from Liverpool’s own Winds of Change. 

Opening night is Thurs., Oct. 18. The festival runs to Sun., Oct. 21. All plays are at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.

Here is a quick look at each of the plays we are pleased to bring you this year. For tickets and all-access passes, visit the Ticketpro link here, or call the Astor Theatre box office at 902-354-5250.

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Place a bid in our 2018 Jester Fish Auction

Our Jester Fish Facebook auction runs until midnight on Oct. 10, 2018. Place your bid now by following the link below!

Place a bid on one of the amazing Jester Fish painted by South Shore artists!

Our Facebook auction runs until Oct. 10 at midnight. Minimum bid is $25 on one-sided Jester Fish and $35 on two-sided Jester Fish. You must bid in $5 increments by leaving a comment on the photo of the fish you want. Winners will be contact by Facebook Messenger to arrange payment.

All proceeds from the auction benefit the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival.

Click here for the link to the Facebook auction

Thank you!

Welcome!

You are cordially invited to join us in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, for the 14th Biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival, taking place October 18 – 21, 2018! Once again, we’ll welcome the world to the Astor Theatre stage and our Town Hall Arts and Culture Centre, with a lineup of one-act plays offering something for every theatrical appetite.

Our four-day festival showcases outstanding amateur theatre from across North America and around the world. Previous participants from Japan, Belgium, Ireland, Georgia, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Germany and many other countries, sing the praises of their experience in Liverpool.

While in Liverpool, you’ll delight in our world-renowned Nova Scotia hospitality! From our performances, Coffee Critiques, workshops, to our Festival Club, we offer a social and performance experience that is second to none. Check out our “About the Area” link for information on local accommodations and tourist attractions. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Liverpool.

Join us in October as Liverpool opens its doors to the world!

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Jean Robinson–Dexter
Chair, LITF 2018