Theatre Wakefield's New Works Project

Arts • Posted by steve on October 29, 2010


Theatre Wakefield kicked off the play development portion of its
audacious New Works Project recently upstairs at Café Molos in Wakefield, QC,
The company read and worked through a new play in development, the first of
four being worked as part of this project.

This first reading was of a script from theatre artist John Hardie. Its title is
Paugan Blues and it concerns the appropriation of land to build the Paugan Dam
in Low, QC in 1928 - and the people who were affected by it. It's a story told
from the perspective of two holdout farming families, but there are no easy
answers to be drawn here.

Dramaturgy was done, and will be done, by veteran professional theatre director
and producer Robert Rooney, with input from the readers and other participants.
Rooney brings a long career of stellar experience to the table, having provided
this same kind of guidance to artists at the writer's colony at the Banff School of
Fine Arts for a number of years. He has, as well, a long history of direction at top
professional theatres in Canada, such as Toronto Workshop Productions, Theatre
Aquarius, Theatre Calgary and Harbourfront.

Other plays to be workshopped in the Theatre Wakefield New Works Project
workshop series are: Dreamwalker by Ian Tamblyn (October 23 & 24); Epiphany
by Nadia Ross* (October 30 & 31); and An Absolute Turkey by Claude Laroche (a
translation and adaptation of a play by Georges Feydeau) (November 6 & 7).

In each of these workshops, Theatre Wakefield aims to explore and rework the
texts, and assist the writers in refining their work. Then, on November 12, 13, 19 & 20, each of the plays will be presented in readings for the general public at
Vorlage in Wakefield. It's all with a mind to encouraging the growth of the
English language professional theatre community in West Quebec, and to
develop a stable of fresh and fantastic theatre offerings for the new stage at the
Wakefield Community Centre Great Hall, opening in 2011. Tickets for the public
readings are available at Café Molos in Wakefield and

*in collaboration with Wakefield writers, STO Union & the Wakefield Art Collective

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