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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

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.