Montreal, December 18, 2017 – Centaur Theatre presents the 21st Wildside Festival from January 4 to 13, 2018, aptly branded the “hottest two weeks in winter”! Five high-octane Canadian shows plus Centaur’s Best of the Fest pick from last summer’s Fringe, coming all the way from Ireland.
Wildside curator, Johanna Nutter, stated, “There are so few opportunities for new, cutting-edge English indie theatre in Montreal; Wildside is a celebration of deserving artists and their work, productions that wouldn’t ordinarily get this kind of mainstream exposure.” Regarding the play selection process, Nutter explained, “I usually approach the programming like I’m planning a banquet, choosing plays that cover a spectrum wide enough to satisfy everyone’s tastes. This year it just worked out that the most of the playwrights, actors, or the subject matter of each production is female or non-binary centric. Recent world events and media headlines suggest that this year’s Wildside is in total sync with global issues and changes.”
The line-up explores such hot-topics as the legalization of gay marriage, the diminishment of cultural traditions through assimilation, family dynamics, gender labeling, women’s evolving roles, and physical or emotional trauma.
On her maiden voyage to the wild side, Centaur’s Artistic and Executive Director, Eda Holmes, said, “This will be my first experience of Centaur’s Wildside and I can’t wait. It is so important to give our loyal audience a chance to experience the next generation of theatre artists and at the same time, introduce a new audience and groups of artists to Centaur. Over the years, the Wildside Festival has given us a truly creative relationship with the emerging artists in Montreal. Many begin at Wildside, move on to Brave New Looks, and then end up in the subscription season. I want to continue to build on that by creating more opportunities for exchanges between our audience and all the incredible theatre artists, not only here in Montreal but from across the country. The Wildside Festival expands all of our notions of what theatre can be and that is a great thing.”
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, directly following the last show of the evening, audiences are invited to pop-up pass-the-hat performances by some of Montreal’s best and brightest sketch, stand-up, and improv artists at the wild and wonderful Off-Side, held in the Ted T. Katz Family Trust Gallery. The ever popular Friday Night Tributes are back, with IGGY POP (Friday Jan. 5) and NINA SIMONE (Friday Jan. 12). Get to know some of Montreal’s up-and-coming artists in a relaxed, intimate setting where anything can happen … and usually does! All six evenings are free and open to the general public; no ticket stub is required for admission.
WILDSIDE FESTIVAL LINEUP 2018
The Morning After The Life Before
PRESENTED BY: GUNA NUA THEATRE COMPANY / WRITTEN BY: ANN BLAKE / DIRECTED BY: PAUL MEADE / FEATURING: ANN BLAKE AND LUCIA SMYTH
May 24th 2015, 62% of Ireland is #hungoverforequality, Ann gets a text from her brother which brings reality into sharp focus. A personal tale, playfully told, of Ireland before and after Marriage Equality. 2017 Best of the Fringe Winner.
“Blake and Smyth’s timing is incredible… uproariously quick wit.” – Theatre in London
“…an inspirational emotional rollercoaster on the quest for equality […] an absolute cannot-miss” –Montreal Theatre Hub
PRODUCED BY: CONFABULATION / FEATURING: MATT GOLDBERG AND FIVE GUEST STORYTELLERS
Hosted by comedian and storyteller Matt Goldberg, Confabulation is an evening of curated true stories, told by the people who lived them. For Wildside, Confabulation is exploring the theme “Eye of the Storm – stories of the quiet and the chaos.” One performance only!
CONCEPT AND CREATION (IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PERFORMERS): HELEN SIMARD / WRITTEN BY: HELEN SIMARD, MATHIEU LEROUX / FEATURING: STACEY DESILIER, STEPHANIE FROMENTIN, JACKIE GALLANT, SEBASTIEN PROVENCHER, EMMALIE RUEST, ROGER WHITE, & TED YATES
Part dance show, part rock concert, and part hallucination, Idiot is the second of a trilogy of absurd creations inspired by the legendary American musician, Iggy Pop. WARNING: LOUD MUSIC, EARPLUGS PROVIDED
“It’s raw, it’s direct, it’s brutal, and it’s beautiful. Helen Simard manages to both move us and make us laugh with Idiot. It makes you want to fall back into Pop’s discography, and to reinvent the world in your own fashion.” – Le Canal Auditif
Let’s Try This Standing
PRESENTED BY: KEEP GOOD (THEATRE) COMPANY / WRITTEN BY: GILLIAN CLARK / DIRECTED BY: ANTHONY BLACK FEATURING: GILLIAN CLARK / PRODUCED BY: KAREN GROSS / PROJECTION, SOUND DESIGNER, STAGE MANAGER: DANIEL OULTON
The story of Gillian Clark, who fought off an SUV and a brick wall at the same time. WARNING: COARSE LANGUAGE, DESCRIPTION OF VIOLENCE AND OF SEXUALITY – PG 13
“Everybody needs to see this” – The Slotkin Letter (Highly Recommended)
“Not everyone can maintain a sense of humour after enduring a near-death experience, but writer-performer Gillian Clark brings wit, optimism and honesty to her compelling show.” –NOW Magazine
PRESENTED BY: B.A.A.P (BALD ANGRY ASIAN PRODUCTIONS / WRITTEN BY: KĚ XĪN LI / DIRECTED BY: SOPHIE GEE / FEATURING: KAYO YASUHARA, MERCEDEH BAROQUE, EDWARD WONG
A queer, non-binary, anarchist returns home to their Chinese immigrant family, torn apart by gaps of generation and language, reunited by Christmas magic and the protection of Saran Wrap. Nominated for Best English Production, MTL Fringe 2017. WARNING: VIOLENCE, STRONG LANGUAGE AND WHITE GUILT.
“…at turns hilarious and heart-wrenching, definitely worth seeing.” – Montreal Rampage
PRESENTED BY: CABAL THEATRE / WRITTEN BY: RHIANNON COLLETT / DIRECTED BY: ANTHONY KENNEDY / FEATURING: JILLIAN HARRIS, ALEX PETRACHUK, MEAGAN SCHROEDER
Part frenetic, part melancholic, follow the capricious and passionate power games of three time-travellers stuck in a perpetual state of girlhood. Alienating and deeply intimate, Tragic Queens is a relentless maelstrom of eras, emotions and mirrors. WARNING: STROBE LIGHTS AND NUDITY.
“Very impressive moments in CABAL’s Tragic Queens, an experimental look at sad girls in culture & history” – Montreal Gazette
“Fine performances … beyond reproach.” – Westmount Mag
Regular single tickets to Wildside shows are $16 each, or $13 for season subscribers, students, under 30s and seniors. With so many great shows to choose from, audiences are encouraged to see more and save with the 4-Show Superpass, available at a regular price of $50, or $40 for season subscribers, students, under 30s and seniors.
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