Blyth Festival plays are on stages across Canada in 2018

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BLYTH, ON – Plays that were developed and premiered on stage at the Blyth Festival are receiving encore productions across the country this year. “This year, a half dozen plays that were born at the Blyth Festival will be performed by other Canadian theatres in the 2018 Season. That reaffirms the Blyth Festival’s magic: selecting and developing plays that resonate …

Native Earth Performing Arts presents Ipperwash

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TORONTO, ON – Native Earth Performing Arts is proud to present its production of Ipperwash, written and directed by Six Nations playwright Falen Johnson, in partnership with the Blyth Festival, from February 6 to 18 at Aki Studio. Ipperwash premiered at the Blyth Festival in its 2017 Season. In 1942, when the Department of Defence forcibly evicted the community of …

Three Premieres For 2018 Season

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‘1837: The Farmers’ Revolt’ and ‘Pigeon King’ remount to highlight 2018 Blyth Festival season – Nov. 9, 2017 BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN For his fourth season at the helm of the Blyth Festival, Artistic Director Gil Garratt is turning to relationships new and old to tell the community’s stories. The 2018 Blyth Festival season will begin earlier than many previous seasons …

Director, actor, playwright, artistic director Gil Garratt

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Gil Garratt is the artistic director of the Blyth Festival. In the podcast we discuss the first time Garratt auditioned for the Blyth Festival. The director Paul Thompson invited Garratt to meet a a coffee shop, but the audition took place at a surprising location miles away. It was an audition unlike any other, one that Garratt will never forget. …

Blyth Festival

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The Blyth Festival was founded in 1975 by James Roy, a native of Blyth and a graduate from the York University theatre programme, with the assistance of his wife, playwright Anne Chislett, and Keith Roulston, editor of the town newspaper, in the small rural community of Blyth in southwestern Ontario. Its mandate was “to give voice to our region and …

Pigeon King Takes Flight

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Who would think that a musical drama about a ponzi scheme would be so entertaining? But that’s exactly what the Blyth Festival has with the world premiere of The Pigeon King. Its most surprising production of the season continues through September 23. The musical drama centres on Arlan Galbraith, the self-proclaimed Pigeon King who was convicted of fraud after bilking …