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Short Cuts virtual theatre festival winners

We are pleased to present the winners in our inaugural Short Cuts Virtual Theatre Festival!

 

Third place – FETUS, by Il Luogi in Buio, Napoli, Italy

This is an unusual and deeply imaginative piece.

The judges very much enjoyed this work for a solo actor. They felt that it met the spirit of the Short Cuts festival wonderfully.

We see, in a dim red light, the face of the speaker as he delivers a broken, confused and troubled monologue, representing the thoughts of an unborn child, reluctant to come into the world that is being left him by his parents and the generations before them. This is witty and at the same time disturbing. The judges loved the surprising and very funny ending.

This is very much a short play for our times, and felt as if it was born of the pandemic and of some of the bizarre directions of Western politics in recent years. Congratulations again to Il Luogo in Buio of Napoli, Italy.

 

Second place – Toofa’s Reward, Ushindi Theatre, Kampala, Uganda.

Our Short Cuts runner-up is a high-energy, warm and witty piece of ensemble playing, which tells a folk story beautifully. It’s a piece described by our judges as “crackling with life and vitality”.

Many congratulations to the writer, director and actors for a piece which worked on every level. The ensemble playing and pace of the work is its greatest strength. It moves through time and location seamlessly, without a pause, enabling a moral tale to be told beautifully with wit and grace. The theme of “family” here being a community, who should share aims and concerns rather than cheat one another. A wonderful short play, beautifully realized. Congratulations again to Ushindi Theatre of Uganda.

 

WINNER – Family Pics, Avenzi de Scena, Civitaveccia, Italy.

For our winner, we go back to Italy. How wonderful to have two such entries from Italia!

This time we go to the small city of Civitavecchia near Rome and to the Avenzi De Scena company and their winning play, Family Pics.

Congratulations to them all for this wonderful and imaginative piece, beautifully and strikingly realized. Family Pics impressed the judges for its wonderful visuals and its ability to tell a tale of what it is to be a family through a whole life.

The judges felt that this piece would work and be fully understood across cultural and language barriers. There is a simplicity and a profundity to the work; there is an elegance in the realization and in the stylization — this is work of a very high order and the writer, designer and performers deserve the highest plaudits for this short and impressive piece. Congrats again to our winner, Family Pics from Avenzi De Scena of Civitaveccia, Italia!

 

People’s Choice Award winner – Extraction without Pain, Compania de Teatro Casa del Artista, Caracas, Venezuela

 

New dates announced for our festival in 2021, and 2022!

The parade of flags on opening night of the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival. Photo by David Dobson

Theatre lovers will be able to catch some of the best plays in the world in Liverpool next October, and the October after that.

The Liverpool International Theatre Festival has announced new dates, after organizers postponed this year’s event to 2021 because of COVID-19 concerns.

The new dates are Oct. 14-17, 2021.

And in a break with tradition for the biennial festival, troupes will be invited to the festival the next year, from Oct. 13-16, 2022.

“We are optimistic that the troupes we invited to our now-cancelled 2020 festival will be able to join us in 2021,” LITF chairperson Jean Robinson-Dexter said.

“And we are very excited to keep the momentum going into 2022.”

LITF organizers have been meeting this spring to plan fundraisers and other events to prepare for the 2021 and 2022 festivals.

“We are making the extra time count and preparing for back-to-back festivals that will captivate our audiences,” said co-artistic director Vic Mills.

Theatre groups from Algeria, Belgium, Virginia, Maryland, Greece, Uganda, Italy, Malawi, Egypt, Morocco, Ontario and the country of Georgia will now be invited to perform at Liverpool’s historic Astor Theatre in October 2021.

The only theatre festival of its kind in eastern Canada, the Liverpool International Theatre Festival was founded to showcase compelling amateur theatre from around the globe.

Since its debut in 1992, LITF has brought thousands of artists and theatre lovers to Nova Scotia. Audiences have unique opportunities to offer feedback directly to the performers in morning-after critiques, and to participate in workshops led by industry-leading theatre educators.

Liverpool International Theatre Festival announces artistic directors for 2020 festival

An award-winning playwright and director are the co-artistic directors of the 2020 Liverpool International Theatre Festival, chairperson Jean Robinson-Dexter announced today.

Vic Mills and Neil Maidman, with Blackwood Little Theatre in Wales, will share the duties for the 15th biennial festival, which is set for the historic Astor Theatre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, from Oct. 15-18, 2020.

Mills was honoured with the outstanding original script award at the 2018 festival, while Maidman was nominated as best director for their stirring production The Ruins of Talgarth. The play also won the people’s choice award.

Mills and Maidman have more than 50 years’ combined experience in international, professional and community productions, theatre education and administration.

“We are so proud to have been given the privilege of this role,” Maidman says. “We love this event and this place. We’ll help make this a feast of theatre.”

Mills and Maidman have been to LITF many times, with Blackwood Little in 2008, 2012 and 2018. Maidman also directed a production by Liverpool’s Winds of Change Dramatic Society at the 2010 festival.

“We are driven by the challenge of garnering top practitioners from around the world to the South Shore of Nova Scotia for this wonderful, wonderful festival,” Mills says.

The Liverpool International Theatre Festival welcomes amateur theatre productions from around the world every two years. The 2018 festival was its most successful yet, featuring troupes from Egypt, Iran, Peru, Wales, Nepal, Mexico, Bangladesh and Liverpool, N.S. Attendance in 2018 also broke records.

Chairperson Jean Robinson-Dexter says LITF 2020 promises to bring more compelling international theatre to Liverpool that audiences will love.

“The LITF executive were very excited to receive an application from Neil and Vic and were impressed with their thoughtful vision for the 2020 festival. We’re all excited to be working with them over the next year. Our team is looking forward to welcoming the world back to Liverpool.”

For more information, please contact:

Jean Robinson-Dexter, chairperson, LITF 2020 – 902-354-2397; admin@litf.ca

Bio information for Neil Maidman and Vic Mills available here