Kick up your heels at country-style fundraiser for Blyth Festival’s New Play Development

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BLYTH, ON – An upcoming evening of Southwest-themed barbecue, fiddle music, dancing, and a live auction will raise funds for the Blyth Festival’s New Play Development program, which has helped to make possible such plays as The Pigeon King, The New Canadian Curling Club, Prairie Nurse, The Last Donnelly Standing and more than 135 other world premieres. The Blyth Barn …

REVIEW: Blogger finds plenty to keep her entertained in Blyth

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Blyth, the little village that could. This is no blip on Huron County Road 4. Blyth is so much more than a wee village in rural Ontario. It’s full of history and passionate artists, and is home to the Blyth Festival, writes Stephanie in her blog, The World As I See It. The Blyth Festival is not your average theatre …

107.1 Juice FM’s Eddie Mathews interviews playwright Mark Crawford

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107.1 Juice FM’s morning host Eddie Mathews talked this morning to the playwright of The New Canadian Curling Club, which opened the Blyth Festival’s 2018 season. The wildly popular play has been extended for one week, Sept. 18 to Sept. 21. Listen here: Photo credit: Marcia Johnson as Charmaine Bailey, Parmida Vand as Fatima Al-Sayeed, Matthew Gin as Mike Chang, Omar …

REVIEW: “I highly recommend this rather cathartic show”

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There’s an unusual little show playing at the Phillips Studio in Blyth, right across the intersection from the Festival theatre.  Singer Jane Miller wants you to come and actually enjoy an evening of sad songs, says Mary Alderson, on her blog, Entertain This Thought. Entitled These are the Songs that I Sing When I’m Sad, the hour-long show not only offers …

Podcast of panel discussion on 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt

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Did you miss the panel discussion about 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, held at the Huron County Museum recently? Listen to our artistic director, Gil Garratt, and local historian David Yates, from the comfort of your own living room, courtesy of The Title Block Podcast, Michael Kruse and Beth Kates. Tune in here. Cutline: William Lyon Mackenzie (Matthew Gin), with help from his …

REVIEW: Where history and story meet

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The Blyth Festival’s last two of four main-stage productions of 2018 examine roots and identity. Both 1837:The Farmers’ Revolt and Wing Night at the Boot have deep ties to the theatre and to the community. Similarly, both meet at the crossroads of history and story, says Rob Reid of Reid between the lines. Pairing Wing Night with 1837 was a programming masterstroke by festival artistic director Gil Garratt, …

REVIEW: “An incredible story, perfectly told”

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“Nothing is more historic and memorable than a good fist fight at the local bar. Such is the raucous and bawdy tale of the history of the Blyth Inn, beautifully captured in the Blyth Festival Theatre’s Wing Night at the Boot,” says Liz Dadson of the Kincardine Record. To read the full review, please visit her online site. Cutline: Wing Night …

REVIEW: “The cast is brilliant, changing roles constantly”

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“Gil Garratt tells us that interviews were conducted to collect the local legends about Blyth’s favourite watering hole, The Boot.  He claims the names were changed to protect the innocent and the guilty.   But throughout the audience on opening night, there was laughter of recognition, and the type of giggles you hear when someone is telling tall tales,” says Mary …

They’re back in the hack! Festival adds five-show extension in September to The New Canadian Curling Club

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BLYTH, ON – The wildly popular premiere production of The New Canadian Curling Club, the story of an unlikely group of would-be athletes who face off against local prejudice to become a true team, has been extended for an additional five shows, after a run of sold-out shows and waiting lists for tickets. “There has been such incredible demand from …

REVIEW: 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt gets special homecoming from Blyth Festival

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“Blyth Festival Artistic Director Gil Garratt brings the play 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt home to the theatre where it was born.  Yet this is the first time it’s actually been performed on this stage for an audience. What a special homecoming,” says reviewer Mary Alderson in her online publication, Entertain This Thought. “1837: The Farmers’ Revolt was developed in Blyth 45 years ago. …