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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.