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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.

LITF 2018: Things to see and do in and around Liverpool

 

While you’re in town for the festival, there are many things to see and do in between shows. And many businesses and attractions have extended their hours to accommodate festivalgoers.

Here is a small sampling of what you can see and do while you’re here. Here are some other ideas too.

 

Downtown Liverpool

Historical Walking Tours – Sat., Oct. 20 at 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/pp.

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Privateer Farmers Market – Sat., Oct. 20, 9 am – 1 p.m., on the Liverpool waterfront, beside the Visitor Information Centre

A flight of beers at Hell Bay Brewing Company.

 

Hell Bay Brewery Tastings – Check out Liverpool’s own craft brewery. Sample their award-winning beers, only $5 for 3 samples.

Sipuke’l Gallery – Acadia First Nation’s gallery of indigenous art and artifacts, at the Town Hall Arts & Cultural Centre, will be open during LITF.

Fort Point Lighthouse – 21 Fort Lane, Oct. 20 and 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Climb to the top and toot the foghorn.

 

Outside downtown Liverpool

SEA’spired at White Point Beach Resort — An outdoor sculpture installation, featuring 35 pieces by 19 Nova Scotia artists, placed throughout White Point’s sprawling property.

Beaches! — We are blessed with many silver-sand beaches in this area of the South Shore. From the smaller, lesser-known spots in West Berlin, Ragged Harbour and Eagle Head to the larger Beach Meadows Beach, and very popular Carters Beach. It’s definitely worth your time to venture out to one of these or the other beaches in our area to soak in some salt-air therapy. Before you go, you should take a light lunch with you from one of our amazing local restaurants and make a picnic out of it — Lane’s Privateer Inn in Liverpool, The Port Grocer in Port Medway, the Riverbank General Store and Cafe in Mill Village, Memories Cafe and Eatery in Liverpool, Oscar’s in Liverpool, A-1 Pizza or Liverpool Pizzeria, Dixie Lee Family Restaurant in Liverpool, White Point Beach Resort or the Quarterdeck Beachside Villas and Grill.

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!

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors and partners!

Sponsors and partners for the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival.

A huge thank you from the organizing committee of the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival to our sponsors and partners!

Your contributions are vital and help ensure that we can continue to bring amazing theatre from around the world to Liverpool.

So thank you very much to:

J&W Murphy Foundation, The Astor Theater, Lane’s Privateer Inn, Bay Ferries Limited*, G. Cook & Sons, Sipuke’l Art GalleryLiverpool Kinsmen ClubHorizons Community Development Associates, Great-West Life, Bruce Inglis Financial and Aqualitas Inc.

Also, a big thanks to our partners Theatre Nova ScotiaRegion of Queens Municipality and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

*If you’re travelling to Nova Scotia for the festival via Bay Ferries at Saint John, N.B., make sure to take advantage of the special discount for LITF audience members here.

Paint your own Jester Fish!

jester fish, art, public art

Paint your own Jester Fish at our public painting day at South Queens Middle School in Liverpool on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Would you like to paint a Jester Fish for the Liverpool International Theatre Festival?

You are invited to our public Paint a Jester Fish session at:

South Queens Middle School, 178 Waterloo St., Liverpool, Nova Scotia on Sat, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We provide the paint, paintbrushes and a primed fish. You provide your artistic talents!

We have large and small fish available. The large fish will be used to decorate the community and the small fish will be given as souvenirs to the visiting troupes.  If you paint and donate your Jester Fish to the Festival there is no cost; however, if you would like to keep your fish, the small fish are $5 and the large fish are $20. You can pay at the door.

If you are interested in painting a Jester Fish for the community or for your home you are asked to contact Wendy Allen at wallen@gnspes.ca to reserve a fish.  There is a limited number of fish, so please reserve a fish as soon as possible.

Travel to Nova Scotia aboard Bay Ferries and the Fundy Rose

Bay Ferries’ Fundy Rose, which takes passengers between Saint John, N.B., and Digby, N.S.

** Enjoy a special discount when you travel to the theatre festival with Bay Ferries. 

Use promo code LITNS for use from October 11, 2018 to October 27th, 2018. *Please note that you must use these terms and conditions with our promocode. Book online at ferries.ca or by phone 1-877-762-7245 using the promo code “LITNS”. The discount will be available for travel between the dates of October 11 through October 27. Bookings can take place anytime up until October 27th and are subject to availability. This discount is valid for one-way and return travel. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. **

The following information was provided by Bay Ferries Limited, a sponsor of the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival

Take an unforgettable journey across the Bay of Fundy in comfort and style!

Welcome aboard Fundy Rose — with daily crossings between Digby, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick, Fundy Rose transports all types of vehicles including cars, RVs, trucks, tour buses, and motorcycles, as well as walk-on passengers and four-legged friends. The Fundy Rose also offers daytime sailings and a host of new and improved amenities. With a crossing time of just 2 hours, 15 minutes, you’ll arrive at your destination rested and ready for adventure.

Relax in the outdoor seating and viewing area as you search the Bay of Fundy for whales and other sea life. Enjoy better onboard accessibility with two elevators, an escalator, and ramps throughout. During your cruise, pop by the Mid Ship Café for a Starbucks coffee and a light bite, grab a drink at the Crow’s Nest, or visit the Acadia Eatery—featuring a full daily breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

Catch up in the Business Centre with complimentary Wi-Fi, watch live entertainment (on scheduled occasions), or catch the latest flick in one of Fundy Rose’s two movie lounges. There’s even a children’s play area, trucker’s lounge, tourist information centre, gift shop, and animal shelter—everyone is taken care of on Fundy Rose!