REVIEW: “Perfect fare for Blyth’s largely rural audience”

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Anyone who has experienced Dan Needles’ Wingfield productions knows that the writer is a comic master. While his play The Team on the Hill contains some genuine laugh-out-loud lines, it tends towards the dramatic side of things, so Wingfield fans should be prepared for some darkness, writes theatre critic Paula Citron in her blog PaulaCitron.ca The play, which premiered in 2013, is perfect fare for Blyth’s …

REVIEW: A powerful play, impeccable production

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In the Wake of Wettlaufer is truly exceptional theatre and you may want to see it for many reasons not necessarily as an impetus to react to the Gillese inquiry report, writes James Karas in his online review. The Blyth Festival has produced a harrowing and deeply moving play about the fate of a man suffering from dementia and its …

COLUMN: ‘A play about the Wettlaufer tragedy is exactly what this society needs’

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By Joe Belanger, London Free Press I’m still thinking about what happened to me Aug. 7. That night, I walked into the Blyth Festival theatre to watch the world premiere of In the Wake of Wettlaufer. Beyond watching compelling theatre, I was looking into a mirror at my own life and hearing actors talk about issues I’ve either had to …

Congratulations to Dora Award nominees, winners

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Congratulations to Blyth Festival alumni for their nominations and wins announced last night during the 40th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards ceremony, presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) to celebrate excellence in Toronto theatre, dance and opera. First of all, congratulations to nominees who are part of our 2019 Company: Actor Catherine Fitch, for her nomination in …

The Star: Jumbo the elephant lives again on the Blyth Festival stage

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From The Star’s theatre critic Karen Fricker. He was, in the words of David Suzuki, “the world’s first animal superstar.” Jumbo was an African elephant who was exhibited in the Paris and London zoos and controversially bought in 1882 by the American circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum. Jumbo’s story is tied to Southwestern Ontario for tragic reasons: he was struck and …

Bruce Power commits $125,000 to Blyth Festival’s new play development

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Bruce Power has become the ‘New Play Development Sponsor’ of the Blyth Festival, as it enters its 45th summer this month. Bruce Power has pledged $125,000 over the next five years to the festival as part of the sponsorship, said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Operational Services. “We are supporting the Blyth Festival because it aligns …