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Jul 2014

“Play it again, St. Ann’s”

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by: TOM AYERS CAPE BRETON BUREAU (Chronicle Herald)

http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1221659-play-it-again-st-ann-s

Encore performances are planned after a successful run of three local plays that launched during Kitchenfest at the Cape Breton Gaelic College in St. Anns, Victoria County.

St. Ann’s Bay Players artistic director Bev Brett adapted Alistair MacLeod’s dark comedy Vision for the stage and wrote two short plays, Don’t Let the Cat Out and The New Shoes, based on two humorous local Gaelic tales.

Audiences at Kitchenfest loved the plays, said Brett, so the 34-year-old local theatre company decided to stage six more offerings Thursdays and Fridays at the college.

The plays ran for three nights during the inaugural Kitchenfest event and the last night was a sold-out show. Encore performances run July 10, 11, 17, 18 and 31, and Aug. 1. Tickets are available from the Gaelic college.

The short plays are slapstick farce, said Brett, and while MacLeod’s Vision contains a lot of humour, the play remains true to MacLeod’s powerful words and is not aimed at young audiences.

“Comedy is great, but this is a little dark humour,” said Brett. “It’s a PG rating with some sexual stuff in it.”

All three plays contain some Gaelic language and song, but the stories and the humour are accessible for everyone, including tourists, she said.

Cape Bretoners will get an extra kick out of recognizing the stories and accents of the actors, though.

“People come from all over the island to see our shows,” Brett said. “We’re still aiming for our local audience, but it would be great to get some tourists, as well.”

 

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