Category: News and Updates

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.

Posted by Privateer Farmers Market on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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!

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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 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 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!

Here’s how you can donate to LITF 2018

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An image from The Seven Days, a production by East-Voice for Arts, a theatre troupe from Egypt invited to the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival. (East-Voice for Arts)

The Liverpool International Theatre Festival is a small, volunteer-run organization that relies on ticket sales, government grants, corporate sponsorships and individual donations to bring some great international theatre to Nova Scotia every two years.

If you are interested in supporting what we do, please take some time to read the donor letter from Jean Robinson-Dexter, our chairperson.

You can donate in one of two ways: by printing off the form here with Jean’s letter, or by going to the Theatre Nova Scotia donation page, selecting “Liverpool International Theatre Festival” from the drop-down menu and giving whatever you can.

Thank you so much for your support of the festival, and we hope to see you in Liverpool in October!

Liverpool International Theatre Festival announces 2018 lineup

Liverpool International Theatre Festival 2018 lineup

Theatre companies from China, Iran, Wales, Mexico and Liverpool, Nova Scotia, are among the dozen troupes travelling to the Liverpool International Theatre Festival in October.

The lineup for the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival is as diverse as the home countries of the performers.

A dozen theatre troupes from 11 countries representing five continents are expected to participate in this year’s festival from Oct. 18 to 21 at the historic Astor Theatre in Liverpool.

Companies from the Central African Republic, Egypt, Mexico, Nepal, Iran, China, Argentina, Wales, Peru, Bangladesh and Liverpool, Nova Scotia, will be wowing audiences at the 14th biennial festival.

The plays cover a wide range of themes and styles, from a Chinese opera and a study of corruption and loss in Mexico to a Moliere classic from one of Bangladesh’s top theatre companies and more personal plays about family, friendship and identity from Nepal, Iran and from Liverpool’s Winds of Change Dramatic Society. (Here is a brief description of each play.) 

Andrew Bursey and Jon Paterson, the festival’s artistic directors, unveiled the lineup on Thursday.

Jean Robinson-Dexter, chairperson of LITF 2018, says that audiences will be entertained by the eclectic slate of innovative theatre.

“The 2018 festival is going to be a wonderful mix of new troupes representing countries that haven’t been with us before and old friends from troupes that we’re excited to welcome back.  All of them will bring exciting pieces of theatre to our stage.”

The Liverpool International Theatre Festival was founded in 1990 to showcase compelling amateur theatre from around the globe. Since the first festival in 1992, LITF has brought the world to Nova Scotia every two years.

Audiences have unique opportunities to offer feedback directly to the performers in morning-after critiques. Theatre troupes are eligible for various awards during the festival.

Theatre lovers can now buy a full festival pass at a special reduced price for a limited time, at the Astor Theatre by calling 902-354-5250 and through Ticketpro at

Queens County artist chosen to design LITF ’18 awards

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This is the winning design for the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival awards. It is a stained glass Jester Fish created by Sarah Webber of Mersey Point, Queens County. (Sarah Webber photo)

The board of the Liverpool International Theatre Festival has chosen Queens County artist Sarah Webber to design its 2018 awards.

Sarah grew up in Hants County, drawing, painting, taking photographs and riding horses. 

Since then, she has lived in Quebec, Ontario, and, for the last 21 years, in Queens County.

Over the years, she has continued to paint, draw and photograph, always displaying a keen eye, a meticulous touch and desire to learn new things.

Two years ago she had the opportunity to learn the art of stained glass, and has accepted several commissions of her beautiful and original designs. She has officially moved into her new digs, Rock Bottom Studio, in Mersey Point, Queens Co. She says she is honoured to have been chosen to create this year’s LITF awards.

The awards will be a stained glass Jester Fish mounted on a post fixed in a wooden block. 

Here is a video of Sarah creating the awards. 

The board of directors of the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival called for submissions earlier this year to design the festival’s awards. Artists from around Nova Scotia specializing in various media submitted designs to the competition.

The awards will be presented to participants from around the globe and will serve as a one-of-a-kind Maritime keepsake for each winner.

Ten awards will be given during the festival.