REVIEW: The New Canadian Curling Club is third hit in a row for playwright

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“Unlike its predecessors, the play also deals with a serious social theme, racial prejudice, and does not shirk from a depiction of its consequences.  Nevertheless, Curling Club achieves what may seem the impossible task of portraying its serious subject realistically and yet being warmly funny at the same time,” says Christopher Hoile, of Stage Door. Read his full review here.

See all that North Huron has to offer

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The Blyth Festival is pleased to be an integral part of the Township of North Huron, making our home in the village of  Blyth. Please hear our artistic director, Gil Garratt, comment at the 20-second mark.

REVIEW: Doesn’t get any more Canadian, eh?

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“I keep returning to the Blyth Festival to nourish my own roots and keep my heart singing.” ~ Rob Reid, Reid between the lines, in reviewing The New Canadian Curling Club and Judith: Memories of a Lady Pig Farmer. ___ When I returned from my initial trip to Blyth this season, I texted my friend with a short quip: “Saw plays …

Huron Society of Artists retrospective exhibition opens July 20 at Gallery

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BLYTH – The Blyth Festival Art Gallery’s second professional exhibition of the 2018 Season, The Huron Society of Artists: In Retrospect, will show the work of a group of artists whose heyday was more than 20 years ago. In 1990, a group of artists from the Huron County area met to form an organization to promote art in the community, …

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 …