REVIEW: The coolest place to be this summer is the Blyth Festival’s curling rink

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By James Stewart Reaney, LondonFuse So before getting into the background about the 2018 Huron County fest’s excellent production of The New Canadian Curling Club, here are two guarantees when it comes to Mark Crawford’s play. You will laugh. Out loud. And often. You will reflect on what is to be Canadian. Which is what all world premieres of Canadian …

REVIEW: New Canadian Curling Club a “hilarious and inspiring story”

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REVIEW: “The New Canadian Club is the perfect combination of realistic prejudice due to lack of exposure to other cultures, mixed with dark comedy to lighten the very real and topical connection to the refugee crisis and political climate today.”  ~ Kathleen Smith, Goderich Signal Star Read the full story here. Photo cutline: Marcia Johnson as Charmaine Bailey, Parmida Vand as Fatima …

REVIEW: There is a powerful and relevant story to be told

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“While there is a compelling and interesting story to be told in Judith: Memories of a Lady Pig Farmer, the Blyth Festival may not have found it just yet. “Judith: Memories of a Lady Pig Farmer opened on the Memorial Hall stage on Friday night. It is playwright Heather Davies’ ambitious adaptation of the novel Judith, written by Aritha van …

REVIEW: A play with great potential

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“Here’s the best thing about Blyth Festival:  It introduces brand new Canadian works.  Then it helps those plays find their place on Canadian stages.  As their audience, we get to see the birth of a play, and sometimes we are allowed to see it grow.” ~ Mary Alderson, Entertain This Thought. Read full review here. Photo: Judith: Memories of a Lady …

REVIEW: [Crawford] primes the pump with authentic, rural Ontario humour in The New Canadian Curling Club

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“The New Canadian Curling Club makes for a hilarious night at the theatre exploring a scenario that, admittedly, many of us may not be able to relate to firsthand. However, it provides an understanding of an ongoing scenario we could all stand to know a little bit more about, making audiences laugh along the way.” ~Shawn Loughlin, The Citizen Read …

REVIEW: Hurry hard to get your tickets to The New Canadian Curling Club

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The New Canadian Curling Club – a hilarious comedy about an old bigot teaching new Canadians how to curl, says Mary Alderson, of Entertain This Thought. Read her full review here. Cutline: Marcia Johnson as Charmaine Bailey, Matthew Gin as Mike Chang, Omar Alex Khan as Anoopjeet Singh, Parmida Vand as Fatima Al-Sayeed, and Lorne Kennedy as Stuart MacPhail in The …

Kathy White fibre art at Blyth Festival Art Gallery

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At first glance, you see a complex image of a natural scene. Is it an oil painting, acrylic or watercolour? On closer examination the viewer is surprised to find that every element of the extraordinary piece is made up of strands of colourful wool yarn. Kathy White is a textile artist who, with her musician husband, Doug White, has lived …

The New Canadian Curling Club opens Festival’s 44th season right on the button

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BLYTH, ON – The world premiere of the hilarious and inspiring story of an unlikely group of would-be athletes who face off against local prejudice to become a true team in The New Canadian Curling Club, opens the 44th season of the Blyth Festival. Playwright Mark Crawford, who brought Blyth Festival audiences smash hits like The Birds and The Bees, …