The show is critically acclaimed and has toured extensively, even stopping in at the Festival Arts Azimut in Rwanda in 2009. Tara Hughes who plays the young version of the character “Althea” in the play, produced a documentary about the tour- what it was like to be a Canadian theatre company going to Rwanda to perform a play about genocide. Although the theme is quite heavy the film also explores the power of art and the strength and buoyancy of the human spirit.
I haven’t seen it yet, but am eagerly looking forward to it. Go here to learn more about the documentary.
Here’s a short glimpse of what you can expect from the play:
30 years ago, the Firehall Theatre opened its doors. City of Vancouver Mayor Mike Harcourt pulled up to the theatre in a 1912 fire truck driven by Fireman Alex Matches (what a name!) to cut the ribbon on the new theatre, and we were off and running!
Since that time, the Firehall has been working with the mandate to animate the heritage building with eclectic theatre, dance, music and interdisciplinary works that celebrate Canada’s cultural pluralism, and has hosted over four thousand performances for audiences of all ages.
Fast forward to today, and the Firehall Arts Centre has received numerous awards for its commitment to artistic excellence and inclusion and to the community of the Downtown Eastside. Preparing to enter its 30th season, the Firehall is one of Vancouver’s most beloved and respected cultural hubs consisting of a theatre, studio, gallery and exhibition space.
To celebrate our 30 years, the Firehall is launching a $30 for 30 Campaign, asking you to donate a dollar for each of our 30 years!
Over the next 30 days, we will be posting a Firehall fact on our social media sites; check Facebook, Twitter and our Blog for updates!
Share YOUR favourite Firehall memory for a chance to win a 4 Flex Pack for the 2012-13 Season!
This is our new website. New website, meet the internet. Internet, meet our new website.
We have been working for the past while to get this new website easy to navigate and clear. And pretty. Very pretty. Please let us know what you think! Comments are very welcome, as are questions.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mike from Splatter Graphics and Kyle from Popgun Media for the terrific work they did building this site and working with our vision for it. Thank you guys, internet hi-fives for all!