The impact of live theatre has never been more evident than when we our world went two years without it.
So today, on World Theatre Day, we are extra grateful to be back on a stage, telling stories that mean a lot to us, to a community who has always supported us.
Below is a message from our Artisitic Director, Jennifer Brewin, and her reflection on World Theatre Day.
On this World Theatre Day, I reflect on the necessity of the performing arts. I’ve been an eyewitness to its profound impact on communities. From the music halls of a South African township; to cultural centres in the refugee camps of the West Bank; the Place des Vosges with crowds rapt by the sound of two dozen busking violinists on an ordinary weekday afternoon; to a spontaneous outdoor theatre performance in the interior of British Columbia of a cast forced from its theatre by encroaching forest fires; and most recently to the oddball, vaudeville performer who reminded us of the power of collective laughter.
It can entertain and fill us up in ways we don’t always understand, but we cannot live without.
Art can keep fear on the other side of the door for just a moment. It can fortify our resolve to carry on. It can create intimacy, commonality, and even solidarity in places where people live otherwise polarized lives. It can entertain and fill us up in ways we don’t always understand, but we cannot live without.
In these unprecedented times theatre is called upon to play a leading role in bringing people together to acknowledge hardship, celebrate endurance, and build a better world.
Happy World Theatre Day
Jennifer Brewin | Artistic Director