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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

 

Reminder: Apply to LITF 2020 today!

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A scene from The White Butterfly by IATA Nepal at the 2018 Liverpool International Theatre Festival. (Photo by David Dobson)

Time is running out to apply for our 2020 festival.

Here’s a quick guide to important dates and other application information.

Download the application form here: https://litf.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/LITF2020ApplicationandRules.pdf

Application deadline: February 10, 2020

  • Plays must have been performed for the public in advance of the festival
  • Each company will present a complete theatrical performance, an original work or one from the national or international repertory, experimental or traditional, classic or modern, not longer than 50 minutes and not less than 30 minutes duration.
  • A complete dossier on the proposed play must reach the Artistic Directors no later than February 10, 2020 by electronic mail
  • All forms should be completed using the fillable PDF form, if possible, or in clear block printing with black ink.
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $100 Canadian must accompany your application.
  • The Artistic Directors will notify successful applicants by February 14, 2020

For more information, email: ad@litf.ca

Applications now open for LITF 2020!

We are now accepting applications from amateur theatre groups from around the world for the Liverpool International Theatre Festival, Oct. 15-18, 2020, in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.

If you work with a community or amateur theatre company and you have already performed a one-act play which has been recognized as excellent or if it has won awards, then no matter where in the world you are, you should consider applying to bring it to our wonderful festival.

We welcome troupes from all around the globe, representing all cultures through the universal language of theatre. If you can perform in English, all the better, but if you believe that your work can communicate its power and transcend language barriers, then apply to bring your play to the gorgeous shores of Nova Scotia.

You can apply here by downloading our fillable PDF. Please make sure to read all rules and requirements. After you’ve completed it, please save and download it and email the completed application to ad@litf.ca.

We look forward to seeing you in Liverpool from Oct. 15-18, 2020!

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.

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 wallen@gnspes.ca to reserve a fish.  There is a limited number of fish, so please reserve a fish as soon as possible.

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!

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.